Coach Chuck Cutenese's top-ranked Orange Coast College women's volleyball team wrapped up an undefeated season Sunday (Dec. 11) with a 22-30, 30-19, 13-30, 30-22, 15-12 win over the North's top-seeded San Joaquin Delta to win the 2005 state championship.
The tournament was held at Fresno's Selland Arena.
OCC captured its fourth state championship – and first since the 1982 campaign – after finishing second in 2001 and third in 2002. The Pirates also won state titles in 1978 and 1980.
Tournament MVP, Kiwi Winkler, led the way for Orange Coast with 20 kills while Aabria Lipscomb added 15 and Joanna Johnson tossed in 10. Alicia Karver led the way for San Joaquin Delta (25-3) with 14 kills while both Francis Sandor and Ellie Cornfoot had 13 kills.
San Joaquin Delta was the only team to take a game off the Pirates after Coast had posted a mark of 73-0 through the team's semifinal on Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs were up 2-1 on Sunday after a dominating win in game three, but were unable to hold off the surging Pirates.
After losing to OCC in four games on Saturday, San Joaquin Delta defeated El Camino in the loser's bracket on Sunday morning, 30-25, 30-15, 30-27. OCC and Delta then battled Sunday afternoon for the state title.
"I really don't feel like it's sunk in yet," said victorious Coast head coach Chuck Cutenese, who claims his first state crown in his 15th season in charge. "When it happened (the final point was scored) Sunday, I was watching the play and we had the great rotation with Kiwi Winkler in the front row. I watched it happen and then I didn't feel like it had actually happened. It was that surreal moment that everyone talks about."