COSTA MESA — The Orange Coast College women's volleyball team opened the Southern California Regional playoffs with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-15 win over visiting Citrus Tuesday night.
Karlee Riggs led the No. 4-seeded Pirates (19-2) with 18 kills to go with nine digs and helped OCC advance to Saturday's second round, which will be at home against No. 5 seed Pasadena City College at 6 p.m.
Morgan Link contributed seven kills for the Pirates, while Dana Nicholson added six kills. Andi Frisina and Dana Nicholson led OCC with 11 digs each, while Allison Lumsden led with 37 assists.
The Owls (14-9) were without the services of two of their top players, freshman middle blocker Kayla Eddings (team-best 192 kills, 47 total blocks) and sophomore middle blocker Kimberly Collins (172 kills, 44 blocks).
Southern Mississippi 69, UC Irvine 65
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The Anteaters shot 50% from the field and made nine of 21 three-point attempts, but still couldn't get past the Golden Eagles in the Progressive Legends Classic Subregional at Sam Houston State on Tuesday.
Senior Mike Wilder led UCI (3-2) with 16 points, making four of seven three-point tries. He also shared the team rebounding lead with four and chipped in three assists.
Freshman Alex Young had 11 points and eight assists with no turnovers in 29 minutes off the bench for UCI, which lost the rebounding battle, 35-20, and had 10 turnovers, three more than the Golden Eagles (4-0).
UCI, which had 20 assists on 22 field goals, was outscored, 10-2, in the final 3:16.
UCI completes the round-robin tournament against Sam Houston State on Wednesday at 5 p.m. (PT).
UCI defeated Liberty, 64-46, on Monday, behind a team-high 12 points from senior Daman Starring.
Vanguard 67, Southwestern Christian 49
FULLERTON — Junior Preston Wynne had 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals to lead the Lions in the first round of the Hope Classic on Tuesday at Hope International University.
Senior Taylor Kelly had 16 points and six assists, while Chris Gorman had 11 points for the winners (4-2).
Southwestern Christian, from Oklahoma, is 3-5.
VU continues in the tournament Wednesday, when it faces Central Methodist at 5:30 p.m.
Chaffey 2, Orange Coast 0
RANCHO CUCAMONGA — The visiting Pirates saw their season come to an end in the second round of the California Community College Athletic Assn. Southern California Regional playoffs on Tuesday.