LONG BEACH – El Camino College came one victory shy of advancing at the California Community College Beach Volleyball Regionals Tuesday at Granada Beach in Long Beach, Calif.
The Warriors faced off against Orange Coast College and Irvine Valley College in their CCCAA Regional and took care of business in their first match against the Pirates.
The Warriors dropped only the No. 1 pairs match and won the rest to secure a 4-1 victory. After Irvine Valley dispatched of OCC by the same score, the two squads met to decide who would advance to the CCCAA State Championships at West Valley College.
Aiko Waters and Phina Leilua overcame losing the opening set in their No. 2 match and would take the win in three sets to tie things up, leaving the berth in the state championships up to the result of the No. 5 match.
Kiana Takahashi and Melissa Euyoque fought off two match points after falling behind 14-11 in the final frame. But Takahashi's serve sailed just long on the third match point to give the Lasers the win in the game and the match.
The Warriors finish the season with a 14-6 overall record.
The team of Leilua and Waters will still have a chance to qualify for the CCCAA Pairs State Championships as they head to the CCCAA Pairs Regionals hosted by Irvine Valley on Friday.
CCCAA REGIONALS – LONG BEACH, CALIF. (GRANADA BEACH)
EL CAMINO COLLEGE 4, ORANGE COAST COLLEGE 1
- Jadelyn Forgiarini/Kacey Mathieson (OCC) def. Sophia Loiola/Glorious Owens (ECC) 21-11, 21-10
- Aiko Waters/Phina Leilua (ECC) def. Sierra Lim/Hannah Del Barto (OCC) 21-17, 21-14
- Jaylin Motley/Sarah Dyer (ECC) def. Devyn Holland/Rylee Adair (OCC) 21-18, 19-21, 15-9
- Jossie Tomita/Natasha Dutko (ECC) def. Alexandra Hayes/Enjelica Glattli (OCC) 21-11, 21-3
- Melissa Euyoque/Kiana Takahashi (ECC) def. Tileree Johnson/Molly Thee (OCC) 21-8, 21-14
IRVINE VALLEY 3, EL CAMINO COLLEGE 2
- Taira Ka'Awaloa/Megan Ramseyer (IVC) def. Sophia Loiola/Glorious Owens (ECC) 21-10, 21-19
- Aiko Waters/Phina Leilua (ECC) def. Olivia Aguilar/Renata Bath (IVC) 21-16, 17-21, 15-8
- Hannah Salaya/Emilie Austin (IVC) def. Jaylin Motley/Sarah Dyer (ECC) 21-13, 21-15
- Jossie Tomita/Natasha Dutko (ECC) def. Gabi Lau/Alma Entesari (IVC) 21-13, 21-17
- Diamond Brogan/Alyssa Vortouni (IVC) def. Melissa Euyoque/Kiana Takahashi (ECC) 21-12, 17-21, 15-13