August 26, 2007


MISSOULA, MONT. — UC Irvine women’s volleyball sophomore setter Taryn Robertson was named Most Valuable Player of the Ruby’s Montana Invitational on Saturday.

Robertson totaled 113 assists in helping the Anteaters (3-0) to wins over Montana, Gonzaga and Canisius to open their season. The All-Big West freshman team member from a year ago also had 17 digs and eight block assists, which was tied for the team lead over the three matches.


Joining Robertson on the all-tournament team were teammates Kari Pestolesi and Lauren Kellerman. Pestolesi, a freshman outside hitter from Edison High in Huntington Beach, had 29 kills and 25 digs over the three matches. Kellerman, a junior outside hitter who was on the All-Big West first team last season, had a team-high 35 kills.


Former UC Irvine players Scott Brooks and Brian Keefe have been named to the Seattle SuperSonics basketball staff.

Brooks has been named an assistant for Coach P.J. Carlesimo. Brooks played for the Anteaters from 1985-87, averaging 23.8 points as a senior en route to first team All-Big West Conference honors. He was an 11-year player in the NBA and played on the 1994 Houston Rockets NBA-championship team.

Keefe was named player development assistant for Seattle. He played at UCI from 1994-96 and was named to the All-Big West Freshman team in 1994-95. Keefe averaged 16.4 points in 1995-96 when he was selected to the All-Big West second team before transferring to UNLV.


COSTA MESA — Four players remain alive in the Costa Mesa Men’s Futures pre-qualifying tournament, which concludes today at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

No. 1-seeded Boris Bakalov of Victorville will play unseeded Golan Sassoon of Encino in one semifinal today at 8:30 a.m. In the other semifinal, No. 3-seeded David Goodman of Victorville will play unseeded Sebastian Rivera of Ecuador, also at 8:30 a.m.

Bakalov defeated No. 5-seeded Newport Beach resident Robert Khoury in a quarterfinal, 6-0, 6-3.

The winner of the tournament will be awarded a main draw wild card into the Costa Mesa Pro Futures tournament, which begins Sept. 17. The other finalist receives a wild card into qualifying.


The Assn. of Volleyball Professionals will continue in January.

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