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March 8, 2003
The ninth-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team avenged two earlier losses with a 30-27, 24-30, 30-19, 30-25 victory over No. 4 UC Irvine in front of a capacity crowd of 700 at Crawford Hall Friday. The Bruins outhit UCI, .407-.254 and outblocked the Anteaters, 12-5, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matchup UCI led 19-16 in the first game, when UCLA recorded two kills plus an Anteater hitting error to tie the game, 20-20. The teams were later tied at 27, before UCLA scored the next three points for the win. UCI senior Jarett Jensen recorded a career-high 20 kills to lead all players, while senior Monte Tucker added 14 kills and junior Spencer Bemus had 12 kills.
NEWS
September 2, 2001
Steve Virgen CRAWFORD HALL - She played Saturday night in the first round of the Marriott Sunset Showcase because that's what her mother would have wanted. USC sophomore April Ross, a Newport Harbor High product and the Trojans' budding star, played in her team's season-opener despite the death of her mother Margie, who passed away Thursday after battling breast cancer for the past nine years. "She's playing because her mother is watching her," Ross' father, Glen, said before the Trojans' match against UC Irvine at Crawford Hall.
NEWS
September 3, 2001
CRAWFORD HALL - Junior Chanda McLeod led the UC Irvine women's volleyball team to a sweep of Manhattan college, 30-18, 30-23, 30-24, for the Anteaters' first win of the season in the Marriott Sunset Showcase at Crawford Hall Sunday. McLeod dominated the match, pounding 15 kills, firing five service aces and collecting 13 digs. The outside hitter slammed .538 on the day recording only one error in 26 attempts. Freshman Kelly Wing added 13 kils and nine digs for the Anteaters (1-2)
NEWS
February 16, 2003
The UC Irvine Intercollegiate Athletics program will be relocating, remodeling, and renaming its Sports Medicine Center, announced by Bob Chichester, UCI's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. The facility will be renamed the Carlos Prietto Sports Medicine Center, in honor of the noted Orange County orthopaedic physician, who provided the funding to construct the new facility. "The up-grade of our Sports Medicine Center is a great achievement, because it positively impacts our ability to recruit high-level student-athletes and then provide a high-level of care for them," Chichester said.
NEWS
March 28, 2003
The UCI men's volleyball team snapped a three-match losing streak with a 30-18, 30-23, 30-28 sweep of UC Santa Barbara Thursday. UCI topped the Gauchos in block assists (16-7), kills (53-41) and digs (26-18) and recorded an efficient .432 clip. The Anteaters' Jimmy Pelzel led all players with 23 kills while Monte Tucker put in 10. Libero Greg Ford had a game-high 11 digs. UCI improves to 16-8 and 9-8 in conference action. Adam Ulfers led UCSB with 12 10 kills.
NEWS
June 25, 2002
CRAWFORD HALL - Petrina Long, a UC Irvine senior associate athletic director and the senior woman administrator at the school, was named interim athletic director Monday by UCI Chancellor Ralph Cicerone. Long will assume the duties of Dan Guerrero, who begins his tenure as athletic director at UCLA July 1 after 9 1/2 years at UCI. Long, at UCI since March 1993, will oversee the athletic department until a new AD is found. "The search has already attracted an outstanding pool of candidates," said Ronald Huff, dean of UCI's School of Social Ecology, who will chair an 11-member search committee that includes faculty, staff, students and community leaders.
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February 13, 2003
CRAWFORD HALL -- The second-ranked UC Irvine men's volleyball team rallied from a slow start and mowed down visiting USC in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play Wednesday night on the UCI campus, 21-30, 30-21, 30-25, 30-21 to improve to 13-2, 6-2 in the MPSF. USC jumped to a 14-6 advantage in Game 3, but eventually the score was tied at 22 and 24 before a Monte Tucker kill put the Anteaters in control at 25-24. Kills by Jimmy Pelzel and Russ Marchewka extended it to 27-24, then Marchewka and Spencer Bemus blocked the next two USC hitters and the outcome was evident.
NEWS
September 1, 2002
CRAWFORD HALL -- UC Irvine's women's volleyball team fell to Santa Clara Saturday night in the final of the Marriott Sunset Showcase, hosted by UCI. The 24th-ranked Broncos, who did not drop a game in the tournament, scored a 30-25, 31-29, 30-28 victory and were led by tournament MVP Becky Potter. UCI was led by outside hitter Kelly Wing, who was named to the all-tournament team, after a 16-kill, seven-dig performance. Outside hitter Chanda McLeod, who also earned all-tournament honors, was second in stats with 10 kills, while setter Ashlie Hain led the team with 38 set assists and eight digs.
NEWS
January 25, 2003
The No. 2-ranked UC Irvine men's volleyball fell in game one 30-27, then rolled to a 30-21, 30-26, 30-21 win over UC San Diego in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on the Anteaters' campus Friday night. With the win, UCI remains undefeated at 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the MPSF, while UCSD drops to 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in league play. Jimmy Pelzel led the Anteaters with 20 kills and six block assists. Monte Tucker added 11 kills and a team-high eight digs, while Nic Vislay totaled 10 kills in the victory.
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By Bryce Alderton | March 26, 2012
UC Irvine senior Lalita Patipaksiri has quite a full plate. She works two jobs, is taking 24 units and is the only senior on a UCI team fresh off a fifth-place finish in the Juli Inkster Invitational in San Jose, where Patipaksiri had her best tournament of the spring season. She finished third overall, at even par, two shots behind champion Joanne Lee of Cal. Patipaksiri and teammates were blasting balls into a net inside Crawford Hall on Sunday in preparation for the Anteater Invitational Monday and Tuesday at Dove Canyon Country Club.
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By BARRY FAULKNER | August 30, 2008
These are heady times for the UC Irvine athletic department, which is still reveling in the exploits of several Anteaters at the recent Olympic Games in Beijing, China. On campus early last week to speak with some coaches about their upcoming fall seasons, my stroll through the lobby of the department’s Crawford Hall offices was interrupted by a commotion surrounding none other than Kobe Bryant. Bryant, who frequently works out at UCI, was passing through the lobby on his way to his vehicle, when he encountered UCI men’s volleyball coach John Speraw, who was an assistant coach on the gold-medal-winning United States men’s volleyball team in Beijing.
SPORTS
By BARRY FAULKNER | July 4, 2007
The Pac-10, the Big Ten, the Southeastern, the Atlantic Coast, the Big 12 and the Big East. They are known to millions of college sports fans as the power conferences. They set the pace, fuel television network schedules, and their member institutions have athletic budgets eclipsing the hundreds of millions. They now have something else in common. All had at least one member institution that ranked below UC Irvine in the Directors' Cup standings, compiled annually by the Collegiate Directors of Athletics, United States Sports Academy and USA Today to rank the best overall collegiate athletics programs among the country's 285 Division I schools.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 8, 2007
The UC Irvine men's volleyball team's run to an NCAA championship was a five-year journey that coincided with Coach John Speraw's now-famous five-year plan. But, Patrina Long, who was acting athletic director at UCI who hired Speraw, recalled that Speraw's tenure was nearly doomed before it began. "It was just after Dan Guerrero left that we had the volleyball opening," said Long, who spent 10 years at UCI and is now the senior women's administrator and associate athletic director at UCLA.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 21, 2007
Skateboarding is forbidden at UC Irvine, but senior David Smith still frequently rolls around campus without being detected. "You have to stay off the main paths," he said recently upon arriving via skateboard for an afternoon interview at Crawford Hall. His first three seasons on the UCI men's volleyball team, Smith, a 6-foot-7 starting middle blocker, most often left the spotlight for his teammates. Last season, when Anteaters Jayson Jablonsky, Matt Webber, Brian Thornton and Brent Osuka were earning All-American laurels, Smith was given honorable mention in the coaches' All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation voting.
NEWS
May 4, 2003
Moments after UC Irvine lost in a semifinal of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship Tournament, Coach John Speraw made sure to remind his men's volleyball team of what it had accomplished. The season of 2003 was a campaign of firsts for the Anteaters, yet Speraw wanted to make sure it wouldn't be the last time UCI achieved success. That message came through in his postgame speech to his players. "After the [semifinal] match," Speraw said.
NEWS
April 22, 2003
CRAWFORD HALL -- UC Irvine men's volleyball player Jimmy Pelzel has been selected the American Volleyball Coaches Association/Sports Imports Division I and II Men's National Player of the Week. It is Pelzel's first national honor and the third for an Anteater player. Erick Helenihi was selected in 2001 and Donnie Rafter earned the honor in 1999. Pelzel led the Anteaters to their first-ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament victory, upsetting fourth-ranked Stanford on the road Saturday night in the quarterfinals.
NEWS
April 19, 2003
Steve Virgen The fifth seed versus the fourth usually produces intrigue and the total playoff atmosphere in most any tournament. That common trait is expected to apply to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Volleyball Tournament, which has No. 5 UC Irvine playing at Stanford at 7 tonight. UCI (19-10), which spent two weeks at No. 1 in the USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association poll earlier this season, was swept by Stanford (17-11)
NEWS
April 12, 2003
The UC Irvine men's volleyball team, behind 30 kills from junior outside hitter Jimmy Pelzel defeated Pacific, 36-34, 27-30, 30-24, 30-20 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at Crawford Hall Friday. The win secures a berth into the MPSF tournament for the Anteaters. It will be the third MPSF tournament appearance for UCI, which improved to 19-9, 12-9 in MPSF play. The 12 league wins sets a school record for most conference wins in a season, surpassing the 11-9 record of 1999.
NEWS
March 28, 2003
The UCI men's volleyball team snapped a three-match losing streak with a 30-18, 30-23, 30-28 sweep of UC Santa Barbara Thursday. UCI topped the Gauchos in block assists (16-7), kills (53-41) and digs (26-18) and recorded an efficient .432 clip. The Anteaters' Jimmy Pelzel led all players with 23 kills while Monte Tucker put in 10. Libero Greg Ford had a game-high 11 digs. UCI improves to 16-8 and 9-8 in conference action. Adam Ulfers led UCSB with 12 10 kills.
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