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By Barry Faulkner | February 3, 2007
PROVO, Utah — While the altitude wreaked havoc on their serving and, to some degree, their hitting, the No. 2-ranked UC Irvine men's volleyball team was thoroughly brought down to earth by a 30-21, 30-22, 30-27 loss to top-ranked BYU Friday night. An overflow crowd of 5,753 at the Smith Fieldhouse witnessed a dominant Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victory for the Cougars (9-0, 5-0 in conference) and a humbling loss for the Anteaters (10-2, 5-2), who committed 20 service errors, hit a season-low .146 as a team, and were bested in the blocking department, 11-5 1/2 . "We haven't played our best volleyball the last couple weeks, but tonight we were just dead terrible," UCI Coach John Speraw said after the Anteaters' second loss in three matches (both sweeps)
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By Julie Buehler, Daily Pilot | June 2, 2011
COSTA MESA — The College Park Cougars did not like the taste of defeat in their mouths after losing their first-round game, and a 9-1 win over Victoria Thursday afternoon had a sweet flavor to it at the Costa Mesa Farm Complex. The game started slowly for each team, but as the afternoon sun warmed, so did the Cougars in the boys' third- and fourth-grade gold division game of the Daily Pilot Cup. There is a one-point penalty for a winning margin of five goals or more, according to the Pilot Cup rules, but College Park was happy nevertheless.
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January 19, 2003
Richard Dunn For the past six years, all Golden State Athletic Conference women's basketball championships have been won by Vanguard University and Azusa Pacific, which could only mean one thing for fans this year when to the NAIA powerhouses square off. Hold on to your pompoms. And fresh in Vanguard Coach Russ Davis' mind was last year, following the host Lions' 58-55 edge-of-your-seat GSAC win Saturday night. "They beat us last year in double overtime in our homecoming game and in triple overtime in the GSAC Finals," Davis said of the Cougars, as if he was glad to spit out that bitter APU taste from 2001-02.
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March 12, 2005
Bryce Alderton A hard-throwing pitcher while on offense combined with their own defensive mistakes equaled a frustrating Friday afternoon for Vanguard University baseball players. Junior right-hander Jason Ray struck out 14 -- eight looking -- and allowed four hits in 8 2/3 innings to lead visiting Azusa Pacific University to its ninth win in 11 games following a 6-1 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over the Lions, who committed five errors.
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By: Matt Lewis | October 9, 2005
Vanguard goalkeeper William Johnson is only a freshman, but he already has one great college story to tell the girls. Vanguard shutout visiting Azusa Pacific, ranked No. 5 in the NAIA, on Saturday, 1-0, in a Golden State Athletic Conference match. It was a battle of last season's conference co-champions. This time VU was able to avenge its two losses to the Cougars in 2004. "This win meant a lot to the seniors. I had heard all week about how bad they wanted to beat Azusa," a smiling Johnson said.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 9, 2014
The Vanguard University baseball team that had won 13 of its previous 17 games, climbed to the No. 14 national ranking, and landed in second place in the Golden State Athletic Conference, was largely missing in action on Wednesday. Coach Rob Pegg's Lions, who are two games behind San Diego Christian heading into a three-game road series with the No. 6-ranked Hawks beginning Friday, were hardly themselves in a 7-3 nonconference loss to the Cougars. Vanguard (26-14) ranks No. 2 in the GSAC in fielding (.974)
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January 3, 2001
Tony Altobelli COSTA MESA - It's not even enough time to reheat day-old pizza, but in just 90 seconds the Vanguard University women's basketball fell into a hole it just couldn't get out of. In the opening minute and a half, the Lions committed five turnovers and gave up the first 12 points of the game en route to a 68-49 home loss to Azusa Pacific in both team's Golden State Athletic Conference opener Tuesday night....
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By Barry Faulkner | September 12, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Much of the negativity created by the Orange Coast College football team Saturday night was a result of tackling Los Angeles Southwest ballcarriers in the backfield. But beyond holding the host Cougars to minus-32 yards on 21 rushing attempts, there were areas of seepage for the less-than-positive elements of the Pirates’ 26-9 victory that upped their record to 2-0. There were, in fact, 197 penalty yards incurred on 20 OCC infractions, one interception thrown in the end zone and one touchdown pass nullified by a penalty.
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January 13, 2002
Senior Steve McIlwain canned two straight three-pointers to ignite a 13-4 run early in the second half, which helpled the NAIA's No. 6-ranked Azusa Pacific men's basketball team post an 82-69 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over visiting Vanguard University Saturday night. Five different Cougars scored in double figures, led by McIllwain's 15. Three were reserves. The Cougars led by a 35-32 count at halftime, then pushed it to 43-38 with 4:30 spent in the second half when McIllwain buried back-to-back treys to key the 13-4 run, which blew the lead up to 56-42 with 12:18 left.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 9, 2014
The Vanguard University baseball team that had won 13 of its previous 17 games, climbed to the No. 14 national ranking, and landed in second place in the Golden State Athletic Conference, was largely missing in action on Wednesday. Coach Rob Pegg's Lions, who are two games behind San Diego Christian heading into a three-game road series with the No. 6-ranked Hawks beginning Friday, were hardly themselves in a 7-3 nonconference loss to the Cougars. Vanguard (26-14) ranks No. 2 in the GSAC in fielding (.974)
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March 20, 2014
FRANKFURT, Ky. — Vanguard University senior women's basketball standout Nicole Ballestero loves shooting down Cougars. The Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year, who earned NAIA All-American honors last season, scored 38 points to lead the Lions to a 97-47 first-round win over Cal State San Marcos in the first round of the NAIA Tournament on Thursday. Vanguard advances to face John Brown of Arkansas (26-7) in Friday's second round at 6:45 p.m. PT. John Brown defeated Lyon of Arkansas, 70-53, in the first round on Thursday.
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By Barry Faulkner | June 1, 2013
COSTA MESA - It was less than a marquee matchup, on the most remote field at Jack Hammett Sports Complex, played with the last of Friday's daylight, between two winless teams that had lost their first game by identical 5-0 margins. Neither team had the luxury of a substitute and one squad - Sonora Elementary - was working with a fill-in coach who in order to better direct the players he had just met, attempted to hurriedly write their names on the backs of their light blue Daily Pilot Cup uniform T-shirts with a ball-point pen. Yet the third- and fourth-grade boys' silver division soccer contest that unfolded between the California Cougars and the Sonora Eagles on Friday was, one might suggest, as good as the Pilot Cup can deliver.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 3, 2013
With the possible exception of the Olympic Games, it can be argued that there is no bigger stage for a men's volleyball player than the NCAA Championship. UC Irvine (24-7), which battles BYU (26-4) in the NCAA title match on Saturday at 6 p.m. at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, is making its fourth appearance in seven seasons under what first-year Anteaters Coach David Kniffin calls "the big lights. " Remarkably, UCI has won each of its three previous trips to the championship match (2012, 2009 and 2007)
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By Barry Faulkner | March 1, 2013
IRVINE - In a showdown of the nation's men's volleyball elite, two was certainly better than one Friday night. No. 2-ranked BYU consistently came up with more answers than top-ranked UCI, enabling the Cougars to rally for a 22-25, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 15-11 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victory in front of 2,906 at the Bren Events Center. UCI (15-4, 12-4 in conference), which came in on an 11-match winning streak that began after a four-game setback at BYU on Jan. 18, handled the visitors in the opening two sets and held leads of 14-8 and 19-14 in Game 3. But the Cougars (12-3, 11-2)
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | September 21, 2012
MISSION VIEJO - On one swing of the Corona del Mar High kicker's leg before halftime, the momentum swung the other way. A 52-yard field-goal try by Grif Amies resulted in a 52-yard special teams return for a touchdown at the end of the first half. The finish to the first half at Capistrano Valley was bizarre. What looked like a potential go-ahead scoring drive by the Sea Kings to close the half wound up with the Cougars taking the lead instead. They never looked back after returning a blocked field-goal attempt for a touchdown.
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By Cesar Gonzalez, Special to the Daily Pilot | June 3, 2012
COSTA MESA - The College Park Elementary boys' third- and fourth-grade silver division team came out scoring with ease from the start of the whistle. A hat trick from forward John Paul Bottazzi helped College Park defeat Mariners Christian, 8-0, in the championship game at the Daily Pilot Cup Sunday afternoon at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. "Once I knew I had two goals I wanted another one and when I got it I was happy," Bottazzi said of his hat trick. The Cougars came out aggressive, and it showed.
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March 29, 2012
BASEBALL Azusa Pacific 11, Vanguard 5 AZUSA - The visiting Lions led, 2-0, 3-2 and 5-3, before the Cougars erupted for eight in the eighth inning of the Golden State Athletic Conference game Thursday. Bryce Arroyo was three for four with two runs batted in and one run, while Henry Yates was two for three with one RBI and one run for the Lions (14-12, 5-10 in conference). No. 5-ranked APU is 25-6, 14-2.
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By Barry Faulkner | January 16, 2012
UC Irvine's Bren Events Center opened 25 years ago this month. The last five years have created few moments when the venue generates enough excitement from the spectators to clearly constitute a home-court advantage. The men's basketball team's 86-76 win over visiting and Big West-leading Long Beach State on Jan. 22 of 2011 was one such memory, when the students, as well as the generally more sedate older members of the community rose to their feet and emptied their lungs at levels sufficient to move the decibel meter.
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By Barry Faulkner | January 14, 2012
IRVINE - First it was the uniforms, then two-thirds of the lineup. But after the top-ranked UC Irvine men's volleyball team fell for a second straight night to No. 2-ranked BYU, it is change on a fundamental level that is forthcoming for the Anteaters. Following up a sweep on Friday, the Cougars (4-1, 2-0 in conference), prevailed, 25-22, 25-19, 15-25, 20-25, 15-9, to thoroughly establish themselves as the top team in the nation, as well as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
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