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May 22, 2013
Vanguard University sophomore Roger Muri and freshman Stefan Kilchofer earned first-team All-American status in men's tennis. They helped lead the Lions to the NAIA National Championship semifinals and a 24-1 record. Muri was 22-1 in singles, while Kilchofer was 23-1. Senior Chris Freeman, a Costa Mesa native, earned first-team All-American status for the second straight for NAIA national champion Embry-Riddle. Vanguard senior Lucas Larsson, who was 11-8 in singles, earned second-team All-American status.
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June 4, 2010
UC Irvine senior pitcher Danny Bibona was named first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball on Thursday. Bibona, a repeat first-team All-American, is the first UCI player to earn such distinction. The two-time Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year is 9-2 with a 2.10 earned-run average this season with 100 strikeouts in 90 innings. He missed his final three scheduled regular-season starts with inflamed rib muscles, but returns to the mound today to start against LSU in the opening round of the Los Angeles Regional at 2 p.m. at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium.
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May 1, 2014
UC Irvine junior libero Michael Brinkley and senior middle blocker Scott Kevorken have been named All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. Brinkley was named first-team All-American for the second consecutive year. He becomes the third Anteater to earn first-team accolades twice in a career, joining Carson Clark (2010, 2012) and Kevin Tillie (2012, 2013). The libero averaged 2.52 digs per set and recorded double-figure digs 13 times this season, including a season-high 18 in a three-set win over Long Beach State on March 28. Brinkley, the only UCI player to play in every set this year, ranks second all-time in UCI digs.
NEWS
December 17, 2004
UC Irvine senior outside hitter Kelly Wing has been selected an American Volleyball Coaches Association second-team All-American for her feats during the fall season. Wing, the 2004 Big West Player of the Year, led the Anteaters to their third straight winning season at 18-11 and back-to-back NCAA appearances. She finished the season ranked fifth in the country in kills per game (5.78) and 26th in aces per game (.55). Wing, the lone representative from the Big West Conference on either first- or second-teams, earned her second All-American distinction in four years at UCI. She was recently tabbed AVCA All-West Region for the second consecutive year and ends her career second in the Big West career records in kills (2,267)
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April 29, 2008
UC Irvine junior Jon Steller, a 6-foot-7 opposite who led the Anteaters in kills this season, has been named third-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. Steller, a third-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection, averaged 3.36 kills per game while posting a .312 hitting percentage in his first season as a full-time starter. He became a starter 12 matches into the season, averaging 4.56 kills, 1.41 digs and 5.15 points per game from that point. He fired a team-high 38 service aces this year which ranks fifth in the UCI season record books.
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By Heidi Schultheis | July 21, 2006
When "Snakes on a Plane" representatives called the All-American Rejects to see if they wanted to add a song to the upcoming Samuel L. Jackson movie's soundtrack, they didn't need to think about it much. "We were stoked. We were like, 'Yeah! A Samuel Jackson movie.' And the logo looked amazing ? these two snakes all wrapped around the plane," said Chris Gaylor, the band's drummer. "We were like, 'OK. This has to be done.'" Even better, it gave them an opportunity to remix and fine-tune their song "Can't Take It," which was not as polished as others on their album, Gaylor said.
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December 24, 2002
UC Irvine senior Jeff Powers has been selected a 2002 first team All-American by the American Water Polo Coaches Association. Powers led the Anteaters this season with 74 goals, which ranked second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. He also was a first team All-American in 2000 before redshirting in 2001. Anteater sophomore Dreason Barry (Eugene, Ore./North Eugene HS) was named a third team All-American after scoring 66 goals, which ranked fifth in the MPSF.
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January 31, 2009
IRVINE — UC Irvine sophomore driver Brandon Johnson was named third-team All-American by the Assn. of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. Johnson led the Anteaters with 68 goals this past season, ranking second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 2.62 scoring average. He had six goals in three separate games during the season. He was named second-team All-MPSF. Coach Marc Hunt’s Anteaters, who were 11-15 in 2008, return their top five scorers next year plus starting goalkeeper Matt Johnson, Brandon’s twin brother, who had 186 saves this past season.
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May 1, 2014
UC Irvine junior libero Michael Brinkley and senior middle blocker Scott Kevorken have been named All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. Brinkley was named first-team All-American for the second consecutive year. He becomes the third Anteater to earn first-team accolades twice in a career, joining Carson Clark (2010, 2012) and Kevin Tillie (2012, 2013). The libero averaged 2.52 digs per set and recorded double-figure digs 13 times this season, including a season-high 18 in a three-set win over Long Beach State on March 28. Brinkley, the only UCI player to play in every set this year, ranks second all-time in UCI digs.
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April 24, 2014
UC Irvine junior libero Michael Brinkley and senior middle blocker Scott Kevorken have been named All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. Brinkley is a first-team honoree for the second straight season, while Kevorken is a second-team choice. Brinkley averaged 2.52 digs per set and has recorded double-figure digs 13 times in 2014. The only UCI player to play in every set this year ranks second on the school's career digs list. He was named first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation the last two seasons.
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March 27, 2014
Vanguard University senior Nicole Ballestero has been named NAIA Player of the Year in women's basketball. The 5-foot-8 guard was joined on the 11-player All-American first team by senior teammate Taylor Belmont. Ballestero averaged 23 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for the Lions, who were ranked No. 1 all season and won the Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season title. Vanguard was upset in the second round of the NAIA Tournament to finish 27-2. A two-time first-team All-American, Ballestero becomes the fifth Vanguard standout to be named National Player of the Year, joining former honorees Lisa Faulkner, Kelly Schmidt, Jessica Richter and Bridgette Reyes.
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March 27, 2014
Vanguard University's Rhett Soliday has been named NAIA Coach of the Year in men's basketball, while senior guard Preston Wynne (first team) and junior guard Chris Gorman (second team) earned All-American honors. Soliday, in his fourth season, guided Vanguard to the program's first NAIA Division I title, its third Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season crown and its first GSAC Tournament championship. The Lions won their final nine games to finish 32-6, capped by a 70-65 triumph over Emmanuel of Georgia in the NAIA title game on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. Wynne, the GSAC Player of the Year, averaged 20.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game, in his second season after transferring from Spokane Community College.
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By Matt Szabo | March 15, 2014
In some ways, the second day of the 15th annual Corona del Mar All-American Invitational tournament Saturday was tough for the host school. Corona del Mar finished eighth after suffering a pair of losses at The Tennis Club Newport Beach. The Sea Kings fell to Bellarmine Prep of San Jose, 6-2, before losing to Los Alamitos, 5-3, in the seventh-place match. Despite the tough finish, there were individual highlights for CdM. One was provided by CdM sophomore Bjorn Hoffmann, who won his only singles set of the weekend in the final one he played.
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By Matt Szabo | March 14, 2014
Corona del Mar High seniors Josh Kliger and Carson Williams played high-quality doubles Friday afternoon at CdM. That's nothing new for the Sea Kings' team captains and No. 1 doubles team, but they definitely were playing well against David Ball and Vikram Chari of the Menlo School of Atherton. In the end, it wasn't quite enough. Ball and Chari rallied from a break of serve down to win the set 8-7 in a tiebreaker. The set seemed indicative of the match. CdM battled, but Menlo was just too good.
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By Matt Szabo | March 14, 2014
As first-year varsity players, Corona del Mar High boys' tennis coach Jamie Gresh knows that sophomores Ari Coskinas and Oliver Kim feel that extra little bit of pressure. Gresh saw improvement in that area from his No. 3 doubles team during Thursday's nonleague match against Mira Costa. Coskinas and Kim won two sets and nearly swept. "Just getting on the board first with a win kind of set the tone for their day," Gresh said. "They're settling down, not getting so nervous in these matches.
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By Matt Szabo | March 12, 2014
Some of the top high school boys' tennis teams in the country will converge on Newport Beach this weekend, like they always do on a weekend in March. The 15th annual Corona del Mar All-American Invitational boys' tennis tournament begins Friday at The Tennis Club Newport Beach and Corona del Mar High, promising elite competition like always. CdM begins its tournament at 8:30 a.m. Friday at The Tennis Club, against Rancho Bernardo High of San Diego. "There will be more depth this year, but not as many superstars," said All-American Tournament director Tim Mang, the former longtime CdM coach.
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March 4, 2014
Nicole Ballestero, a returning first-team All-American who led Vanguard to the program's fourth undefeated regular season, has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year in women's basketball. Ballestero, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged a conference-best 22.2 points per game, which was third in the NAIA. She led the GSAC in free-throw percentage (83.5%) to help the Lions finish 25-0, 14-0 in conference. Russ Davis, in his 18th season at the Vanguard helm, was named GSAC Coach of the Year for the eighth time.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 12, 2014
For more than a decade, the UC Irvine baseball program has prided itself on playing little ball, relying on pitching, defense and just enough offense to compile a record suitable to make the postseason. But as the Anteaters learned last season, there is a fine line between little ball and too little offense. For the second straight year, UCI failed to make an NCAA Regional in 2013 and those willing to point fingers might cite the 'Eaters 17-18 record in games decided by three or fewer runs.
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