COSTA MESA -- The Orange Coast College men's volleyball team showed the depth of its talent on Friday night with a three-set sweep over rival Golden West College on Friday night inside the Peterson Gym.
Playing nearly the entire roster from start to finish, the Pirates (14-0, 7-0 in Orange Empire Conference) sent wave after wave after the Rustlers (6-5, 1-1), but the guests just didn't have the answers as OCC rolled to a 25-18, 25-20, 25-11 win.
For the Rustlers, Matthew Coleman and Miguel Flores Jr. each had seven kills to lead the GWC offense.
After both teams traded a pair of points each in the opening set, OCC turned up the intensity and went on a 16-6 run to grab an 18-8 advantage. Anderson and Steele each notched a pair of kills during that run, while GWC was victim of several unforced errors.
OCC's advantage grew to 10 at 19-9 before a mini 9-4 run pulled GWC to within five at 23-18, but an Anderson kill and ace closed the opening set out in favor of the Pirates.
It was more of the same in the second set as an 11-3 run snapped an early 5-5 tie and gave the Pirates a comfortable 16-8 advantage. GWC got to within four at 18-14 but the Rustlers did not get any closer the rest of the set, giving OCC a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Pirates were never threatened in the third set as the hosts jumped out to a 22-7 advantage and never looked back. Three kills by Steele to kick off the set helped jump-start the Pirates offense, while GWC managed just three kills the entire third set.
The Pirates will return to action on Saturday at Santa Barbara City College, beginning at 6 p.m. OCC's next home match will take place on Wendesday, Feb. 27 against Fullerton, also at 6 p.m.