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Pirates set for playoffs

OCC plays host to Golden West in SoCal Regional opener tonight.

November 22, 2010

The Orange Coast College women's volleyball team, the defending state champion, is the No. 7 seed in the Southern California Regional playoffs and will play host to Golden West in a first-round match tonight at 7.

Coach Chuck Cutenese's Pirates (15-5), who won their last five regular-season matches to finish third in the Orange Empire Conference with a 10-4 record, have beaten the Rustlers (9-12), who finished sixth in the OEC, twice this season.

OCC swept Golden West, 25-23, 25-8, 25-10, in a Nov. 5 road match. The Pirates earned a 22-25, 25-22, 27-25, 26-24 home triumph over the Rustlers on Oct. 13.

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The Pirates are led by sophomore setter Kimya Jafroudi, the Most Valuable Player of the state tournament in 2009. Jafroudi has 648 assists this season.

Additional OCC standouts include freshman Aimee Melone (181 kills), freshman Katie Bergen (156), and freshman Katherine Wirchner (152). Bergen has 29 service aces to rank third among OEC players.

Maddie Baird, a freshman libero, has 319 digs to lead the Pirates and rank No. 2 in the conference.

A victory would propel the Pirates into the regional quarterfinals on Saturday against either Long Beach City (12-10) or No. 2-seeded Los Angeles Pierce (24-2).

OCC swept Long Beach in its season opener and was swept by Pierce, 25-16, 25-13, 25-10, in their only meeting this season on Sept. 25.

Cypress (21-4), the OEC champion, is the top seed. El Camino (23-2) is seeded No. 3 and Pasadena City (20-4) is the No. 4 seed.

— From staff reports

UCI seeded fifth

UC Irvine is seeded No. 5 and will play host Stanford in the quarterfinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's water polo tournament that begins Friday.

The Anteaters (16-7), ranked No. 5 in the nation, will square off against the No. 3-ranked Cardinal (13-7), the No. 4 MPSF seed coached by former Corona del Mar High head man John Vargas, at 3 p.m. Friday.

Stanford topped the Anteaters, 7-2, in their only meeting this season, Nov. 7 at Stanford.

The UCI-Stanford winner would meet either top-seeded Cal (21-2) or No. 8-seeded Pepperdine (9-15) in one semifinal Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The championship game is Sunday at 3 p.m.

The MPSF Tournament champion receives an automatic berth into the four-team NCAA championships, Dec. 4-5 at Cal.

The Anteaters are paced by senior twin brothers Brandon and Matt Johnson. Brandon leads Coach Marc Hunt's team with 42 goals. Matt, a goalie, has 169 saves.

— From staff reports

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