IRVINE — After unranked UC San Diego stunned host UC Irvine in four games in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's volleyball opener Wednesday night, Tritons' senior hero Phil Bannan put forth the notion that it may not have been an upset.
Moments later, UCI Coach John Speraw said he certainly hoped his No. 7-ranked team, which had been picked to win a share of the MPSF championship in a preseason poll and is now 2-3 after opening the season ranked No. 2, was at the very least, upset.
"You know we aren't a very good volleyball team yet," said Speraw, whose team had won five straight and 32 of 38 matches over UCSD coming in. "I hope [the players are angry]. I'd like to see some of that. You don't see that on the court right now. I was feeling it, certainly, in the middle of the match."
Speraw said defense, serving, a lack of cohesion between two setters and junior All-American opposite Carson Clark, who missed fall workouts to play and train with the U.S. national team, were all factors that allowed UCSD (2-2) to pull off a 16-25, 25-19, 25-22, 30-28 triumph.