COSTA MESA — During last season's run to a state title, Orange Coast College women's volleyball setter Kimya Jafroudi was surrounded by future four-year college players, including community college All-American Briana Fields.
This season, the MVP of the 2009 state tournament is surrounded by a group of newcomers that hasn't made recruiters from four-year schools salivate just yet.
But after Jafroudi's steady hands produced 33 assists in a 25-20, 25-22, 25-14 thumping of Orange Empire Conference rival Irvine Valley Wednesday at OCC, the Pirates are looking every bit the role of state-title contenders.
OCC came into last week ranked No. 12 in the state. But the Pirates (6-1, 2-0 in conference) knocked off No. 4-ranked Cypress in five games Friday, then took care of the No. 8-ranked Lasers (6-1, 1-1) in commanding fashion.
IVC had won 18 of 20 sets this season and seized a 5-0 lead to open the match Wednesday. But OCC, with Jafroudi distributing to a balanced corps of hitters, settled down, then stepped up.