There's no crying in volleyball.
At least, that's the way Tom Pestolesi likes to run the volleyball program at Irvine Valley College.
And who could argue. The Lasers won the California Community College Athletic Assn. men's volleyball title last week, their third state championship in the past five years.
"What's worked for us is a style we use here that is not super emotional," said Pestolesi, who is the co-head coach for the men's team at IVC and also the head coach of the women's team. "We like kids who don't rely on emotion to play well.
"You're not going to get a lot of 'rah, rah' from us. We want the kids to come in here, try hard, go to class, do the things they're expected to do, and when game time comes, perform. We don't give a 'Win one for the Gipper' speech."
The Lasers won the state title on April 22 in a hard-fought, five-set match over Grossmont. Irvine Valley won the first two sets, 25-17 and 25-17, but Grossmont rallied to win the next two sets, 25-23 and 25-18, setting up the fifth and decisive set.