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Pelzel earns honors

March 03, 2004

UC Irvine senior All-American Jimmy Pelzel has been named Lauds &

Laurels Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year.

The award recognizes a student-athlete who has participated in and

made significant contributions to their sport and team and exhibited

outstanding sportsmanship. Pelzel will be recognized at a banquet May

27 at The Westin South Coast Plaza.

Over the past 33 years, the UCI Alumni Association has presented

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the Lauds & Laurels Awards to honor and celebrate the accomplishments

of alumni, students, faculty, staff and community friends of UC

Irvine.

Pelzel is currently ranked sixth nationally in kills (4.87) and

eighth in points (5.54). He leads the Mountain Pacific Sports

Federation in kills (5.14) and is third in points (5.63). The outside

hitter shares the team lead in service aces with 14 and is just six

shy of breaking the school record for career service aces which is 93

held by Erick Helenihi (1999-02) and Donnie Rafter (1996-99). Earlier

this season, Pelzel broke the school record for career kills (1,467)

and career attack attempts (3,122).

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