Pirates continue to top state men's volleyball poll

Pirates continue to top state men's volleyball poll

IRVINE - Orange Coast is once again at the top of the California Community College Men's Volleyball Coaches Association State Poll of 2019.

The Pirates received the top vote in the ranking from every coach for the fourth week in a row.

Orange Coast has been dominant thus far. The Pirates have a record of 13-0, have swept six of their past eight matches and have dropped just five sets all season. Only one of the team's matches have gone five sets and that was against No. 2 El Camino. 

Orange Coast won at Irvine Valley on Wednesday and Kyle McCauley continues to lead the squad, averaging 3.09 kills per set and hitting .341.

El Camino jumped Long Beach City to the No. 2 spot for the first time this season. El Camino had been ranked third in each of the first three polls of the year.

The Warriors have a record of 9-1 overall and are coming off a big, five-set win over Santa Barbara City College and a three-set sweep over Moorpark. Gabriel Vargas-Featherstone is averaging 4.10 kills per set on the year for El Camino. The Warriors play Miramar at L.A. Pierce College on Friday.

Long Beach City (8-3) slipped a spot to No. 3 after its 20-25, 25-19, 24-26, 29-27, 15-12 marathon loss at El Camino on March 1. Long Beach has three losses, but two are to Orange Coast in four sets and to El Camino in five sets. 

Irvine Valley (8-5) is at No. 4 once four the fourth straight week. The Lasers fell to El Camino in four sets two weeks ago, but bounced back with sweeps over Miramar at home on Feb. 27 and San Diego Mesa on March 1, but fell to the Pirates in three sets on Wednesday night. 

CCCMVCA State Top 10 (Mar. 6)

1. Orange Coast (13-0)

2. El Camino (9-1)

3. Long Beach City (8-3)

4. Irvine Valley (8-5)

5. Moorpark (6-3)

6. Santa Barbara City (6-3)

7. Santiago Canyon (7-3)

8. Golden West (6-4)

9. Fullerton (5-7)

10. Grossmont (3-7)

Others receiving votes: Santa Monica, Miramar, LA Pierce     

(Brent Shaver, CCCMVCA)