By Will Ranos/Sports Editor
Despite being competitive in every set, the No. 3 seed LBCC men’s volleyball team lost to No. 2 seed Orange Coast, 3-1, by match scores of 25-19, 25-18, 25-22, 25-16 in the California Community College Athletic Association State Championship quarterfinals.
The Vikings played in their 10th straight postseason appearance on Friday, April 17, in the Peterson Gym.
LBCC freshman opposite hitter Charles Belvin led the team with 11 kills and freshman outside hitter Makoa Tandal recorded 10 kills. Sophomore setter Rupert Scott had 43 assists and 11 digs. Sophomore libero Adam Wadley and freshman libero Austin Amian each had14 digs.
The Vikes’ loss in the third set appeared to be especially crushing to them and killed the momentum they had built up. A few calls went against the Vikings at the end of the set.
Viking coach Jonathan Charette said, “We were struggling to set up passes and sets. (Orange Coast) played a good game. Our goal was to win a state championship, but we overcame a lot of obstacles this year.”
LBCC had four representatives on the All-Western State Conference postseason honors. Sophomore setter Rupert Scott and freshman libero Austin Amian earned first-team with sophomore outside hitter Alfonso Mata and freshman outside hitter Jeffrey Utupo landing second-team. Scott led the WSC and the state with 10.76 assists per set. Amian was third in the WSC with 118 digs at 3.37 digs per set.
Sophomores Scott, Wadley and Alfonso Mata, have played their last game for LBCC, but with potentially 13 freshman returning from this year’s team, the Vikings should have a lot of experiencing heading into next year.