The 2010 season for the UC Irvine women's volleyball team wasn't so much a step backward as it was a free fall.
The Anteaters finished 8-22, 3-13 in the Big West Conference, which resulted in an eighth-place finish in the nine-team circuit, and ended a run of three straight winning seasons and three top-three conference finishes.
"It was kind of a weird year last year," said third-year coach Paula Weishoff, whose team is off to a 3-3 start heading into a tournament at New Mexico that begins Friday. "We underachieved a little bit and we didn't get on the right path. We had too many errors. You can't play at that level of error and expect to win."
Weishoff, who missed the first three matches while working as an assistant coach for the U.S. women's national team at the Pan American Games in China, said expectations are to recapture the form that propelled the Anteaters to a 22-8 mark in 2009. That season, UCI played Long Beach State in the conference finale with the Big West title at stake.