While helping the Orange Coast College women's volleyball program to its third state title in five seasons, then-freshman setter Kimya Jafroudi triggered the offense for a team that finished 26-3.
This season, as the only sophomore with experience in an OCC uniform, Jafroudi, the 2009 state tournament MVP, is now running the show, on the court and off.
"Last year, we were sophomore-heavy," said Coach Chuck Cutenese, who has begun his 19th season at the women's helm with a pair of nonconference wins. "But if you only have one experienced returner, it's best to have the MVP and setter back."
Jafroudi, who deferred last season to the corps of sophomore leaders that include three players now starting at four-year schools, has assumed firm command this season, Cutenese said.
"Last year, she led more by example," Cutenese said of Jafroudi, who had considered walking on at UC Irvine this season, before a congested depth chart prompted her to return to the Pirates. "This year, she's more verbal. Last year, she let the sophomores lead verbally and she just came in and did her job. Her role is different this year and she's growing into that role. She wants to get back to the state tournament."