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With an 18-game win streak, the Vikings’ men’s volleyball team finished the regular season and will play in the state championship semifinals Thursday, April 28, at Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills.
The win streak is believed to be among the longest in LBCC athletics history, which dates to 1927 when the college opened.
The Vikings lost their first two matches of the season before going on a tear.
LBCC received the top seed from the Western State Conference and a bye in the regional playoffs, sports information officer Chris Ruiz said.
If the Vikings win April 28, they will play for the state title Saturday, April 30, at Pierce.
The Vikings are 18-2 overall and 12-0 in the conference.
Sophomore Charles Belvin played in 16 matches and 48 sets and recorded 110 kills, with an overall hitting percentage of .327.
Belvin has scored 134 points on the season with an average of 2.8 points per set.
Sophomore Cesar Renteria participated in 19 matches overall and 10 matches in conference. Renteria has 66 kills, averaging 1.26 kills per set. His total attacks add up to 165 overall and 96 in conference. Renteria’s overall average in points was 127 with an average of 1.9 points per set.
Sophomore Joshua Nehls played 16 matches and 10 in conference. Nehls averaged 196 kills overall with 140 in conference. He gathered 213.5 points with 3.9 points per set.
The Vikings closed out the regular season schedule with road victories over Moorpark on Wednesday, April 13 and L.A. Trade-Tech on Friday, April 15.