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Briefs: Maly-Karros singled out

Anteaters' junior forward's two double-doubles help her earn Big West Player of Week recognition.

January 10, 2011
  • MUSCLING UP: UC Irvine junior Mikah Maly-Karros (32) is the Big West Conference Player of the Week.
MUSCLING UP: UC Irvine junior Mikah Maly-Karros (32)… (KENT TREPTOW, Daily…)

Anteaters' junior forward's two double-doubles help her earn Big West Player of Week recognition.

UC Irvine junior Mikah Maly-Karros was named Big West Conference Player of the Week in women's basketball Monday.

Maly-Karros recorded a pair of double-doubles to lead the Anteaters (11-4, 3-0 in conference) to victories over Cal State Fullerton (Wednesday) and Long Beach State (Saturday).

The 6-foot-1 forward had a season-high 26 points and added 10 rebounds in the 70-65 win over the host Titans. She had 14 points in 17 first-half minutes against the Titans to lift the Anteaters to a 35-31 lead at intermission.

She followed that up with her third consecutive double-double, registering 25 points and 11 boards in the 77-59 home win over Long Beach State.

Maly-Karros was 10 for 13 from the field against the 49ers (76.9%), and made all four of her free-throw attempts. She also blocked two shots 32 minutes.

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For the week, Maly-Karros averaged 25.5 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 57.6% from the field. Her 10 double-doubles lead the conference and rank No. 3 nationally.

A first-team All-Big West performer last season, she is averaging 19.2 points and 10.1 rebounds this season.

UCI, 7-0 at home this season, plays host to UC Santa Barbara on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Cal Poly on Saturday at 4 p.m.

— From staff reports

Two Anteaters chosen

Kari Pestolesi and Juliane Piggott, both senior outside hitters for the UC Irvine women's volleyball team last fall, have been invited to train with the U.S. national team, beginning Monday and continuing through mid-April at the team's headquarters in Anaheim.

Twelve players will participate in the three-month session, while additional players may be added to the roster during the training block.

Pestolesi, the Anteaters' first four-time All-Big West Conference honoree, ranks second in UCI annals in career kills (1,602) and digs (1,491). The three-time all-region choice led UCI in 2010 with 2.92 kills per set. She is also expected to see time at libero in Anaheim.

Piggott, a Corona del Mar High product, averaged 2.84 kills per set as a senior, when she led the team with 21 aces. She helped the American A2 Blue capture a gold medal at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships last summer.

UCI Coach Paula Weishoff is an assistant on the women's national team, which is guided by head coach Hugh McCutcheon.

— From staff reports

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