The Orange Coast College Men’s Volleyball team has brought home the magic of their home court into the playoffs and are about to etch another historic year in Pirates track and field lore.
The Pirates swept Moorpark College 3-0 on Saturday, advancing the program to the CCCAA State Championship semifinals.
“It’s great,” said OCC volleyball head coach Travis Turner. “These guys played really well tonight, I was excited for them.”
Coast came into the game unbeaten at home (9-0), and had already swept Moorpark earlier in the season. With the odds in their favor, the Pirates kicked off the first set with a 7-0 run.
OCC used every trick in the book to get ahead early, including a kill from first-year outside hitter Sam Warren to start the game, a free ball from first-year setter Josh Friedman and an ace from second. hitter opposite Will Anderson.
“I think that just set the tone for the rest of the game,” Turner said. “It’s a little [indicated] that it was going to be our night, which it was.
The Raiders eventually entered the draw after a service error from Anderson, but that six-point margin was the closest the visitors would come in first set.
After benefiting from several unforced errors, Coast took a 25-13 victory in the opening set.
Even in the notable rallies that Moorpark has held in-game, OCC has always hammered out an endless supply of kills from multiple positions on the field.
Freshman OH Cash Adamsen led the team with 15 kills, while Anderson had nine kills and freshman middle tackle Zach Weston had eight.
The Pirates managed to make it rain thanks to 28 assists from first-year passer Josh Friedman.
“We had a lot of people today,” Anderson said. “We have very good midfielders – very good passers who manage the midfield well. Pins are always open for us.
In the second set, Moorpark rallied to reduce OCC’s lead to just 17-14, but the Pirates used some delays caused by the officials to recover and stage a counterattack.
With an 8-3 run, the Pirates closed out the ever-important second set and put themselves in position to sweep the Raiders in front of a raucous home crowd.
“We love the fans,” Anderson said. “And we just think it’s our place. We train here every day and we only had to defend the pitch at home.
Coast hasn’t dropped a set inside Peterson Gym since Feb. 5, when they edged Long Beach City College 3-2 to cap a non-conference doubleheader.
Moorpark, with their backs to the wall, saved their best game for last. The Raiders stayed within reach of the Pirates after a four-point run and closed at 22-18 in the third set.
The match ended with a 25-19 victory in the third set. With the crowd on their feet, Anderson performed a laser jump serve on match point to land a Final Four appearance.
The OCC will face conference rival Irvine Valley College on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the El Camino College volleyball facility in the CCCAA State Championship Semifinals.
The Pirates outscored the Lasers 6-0 in two wins this season. IVC defeated Santa Monica College on Saturday to kick off this Orange Empire Conference playoff game.
“We just have to work on ourselves and not worry about them,” Turner said. “We’re not going to worry about it, but [IVC is] a very good team.