Anteaters win two in Reno

UCI remains unbeaten by handling host Nevada and UConn in tournament play.

August 29, 2009

RENO — The UC Irvine women’s volleyball team remained unbeaten by topping UConn in five games, then besting host Nevada, 25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 25-16, Saturday at the Nevada Invitational.

Junior outside hitter Kari Pestolesi had 16 kills and hit .308 against Nevada.

Senior setter Taryn Robertson had 44 kills against the Wolf Pack.

Earlier Saturday, Pestolesi had 23 kills to lead the Anteaters to a 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-7 triumph over UConn. Pestolesi’s career high is 24 kills. She added 18 digs.

Robertson had 48 assists and eight kills, while junior Juliane Piggott, a Corona del Mar High product, chipped in 12 kills and three aces.


Sophomore middle blocker Alexandra Hauser led the winners with five block assists.


Seaside Tournament

SAN DIEGO — Vanguard University won two matches Saturday to improve to 3-1 at the tournament hosted by Point Loma Nazarene.

The Lions defeated Colorado Christian, 25-17, 25-14, 25-18, Saturday night, after having topped Embry-Riddle of Arizona, 25-11, 25-21, 25-14, earlier in the day.

On Friday, Vanguard opened with a 21-25, 25-20, 25-17, 27-25 win over Lee of Tennessee, but then fell, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-21, to Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

Senior outside hitter Kelsey Wirt had 22 combined kills Saturday to lead the Lions. She had 31 combined kills to top the team Friday as well.

Senior Heather DeJongh had 44 combined kills and hit for an impressive percentage as well in the four matches. She hit .448 with 14 kills against Mt. Vernon Nazarene and hit .414 with 15 kills against Lee. She hit .636 with eight kills against Colorado Christian and hit .500 against Embry-Riddle.


UC Irvine 1, UCLA 1

LOS ANGELES — Sophomore Brett Berman scored off a corner kick as the visiting Anteaters scored first in the exhibition match Saturday.

Both coaches elected to play only one 10-minute overtime.

UCI sophomore Andrew Fontein had six saves for UCI, ranked No. 14.

UCLA is ranked No. 9.

UCI opens its season Tuesday at Santa Clara.

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