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By Barry Faulkner | May 7, 2007
FOR THE RECORD UC Irvine defeated Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, 30-20, 24-30, 30-23, 30-28, in the NCAA men's volleyball championship final. The scores were incorrect in a story that appeared in Sunday's edition. . . . . . . . . . . COLUMBUS, Ohio — There has been plenty written and said about John Speraw's somewhat mysterious and now infamous five-year plan, unveiled in a presentation he used to get the UC Irvine men's volleyball coaching job before the 2003 season.
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February 26, 2008
UC Irvine men’s volleyball coach John Speraw has received a five-year contract extension through the 2012-2013 season, Athletic Director Mike Izzi announced Monday. “John’s vision has put the UC Irvine program in the national spotlight and we look forward to building on the foundation that has been laid,” Izzi said. Along with the contract extension, Speraw has also been named the director of volleyball at UC Irvine. Speraw is in his sixth year at UCI with a record of 108-68.
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By: | August 16, 2005
UC Irvine junior Jayson Jablonsky had seven kills and UCI middle blocker David Smith had two blocks in the United States junior national men's volleyball team's 25-15, 25-19, 25-21 loss to Serbia Montenegro in the seventh-place match of the FIVB U21 world championship in Visakapatnam, India. Jablonsky had a team-high 17 points, including 14 kills, in an earlier loss to Korea. Smith had four blocks for the Americans, coached by UCI head man John Speraw.
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September 6, 2008
A Welcome Home reception for 2008 Olympians with ties to UC Irvine is scheduled Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. on the lawn of the University Club on campus. Olympians scheduled to appear include former UC Irvine water polo players and silver medalists Ryan Bailey, Tim Hutten, Jeff Powers and Rick Merlo. Following an introduction, those in attendance will have an opportunity to meet the athletes, see their Olympic medals, obtain autographs and take photos. UC Irvine had 10 representatives participating in six different sports in Beijing.
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May 1, 2012
UC Irvine head men's volleyball coach John Speraw was named 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year after capturing the MPSF Tournament and qualifying for the NCAA Championship. Speraw, in his 10th year at UCI, led the Anteaters to their fourth NCAA Championship appearance after the Anteaters won their second MPSF Tournament with a pair of five-set, come-from-behind wins in the semifinal and final. UCI was the fourth seed for the tournament, after finishing in a three-way tie for second a 17-5 record.
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March 26, 2013
Former UC Irvine men's volleyball coach John Speraw, who left the Anteaters after winning three national championships in 10 seasons to coach at his alma mater, UCLA, was named coach of the U.S. men's national team on Monday. Speraw, in his first season at UCLA, which will visit UCI on Saturday at 7 p.m., will guide Team USA through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was an assistant for the men's team in the last two Olympics, including a silver medal performance in 2008 in Beijing.
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August 16, 2008
Come into the offices of the Daily Pilot and you’ll see a photo of backstroke Olympian Aaron Peirsol gracing our walls. We remember when the mop-headed swimmer from Newport Harbor High was an Olympic hopeful, not a champion. Today, despite his upset the other night in the 200-meter backstroke that left him hoisting a silver medal instead of gold, Peirsol has had a swimming career others can only dream of. Indeed, he won the gold earlier this week in the 100-meter race and set a world record in the process.
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July 31, 2008
Locals making cameos Misty May-Treanor, Mike Lambert, John Speraw and Jason Ring appear in “Green Flash,” a beach volleyball movie set for release this summer. May-Treanor, the former Newport Harbor High star, Lambert of Costa Mesa and Speraw, the UC Irvine men’s volleyball coach, will make cameo appearances in the film that has been invited to open the Feel Good Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood Aug. 22. Ring, a Newport Beach resident, is part of the cast, playing the role of Brian “Ima” Ferry.
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April 25, 2003
UC Irvine's momentous season in men's volleyball ended rather abruptly as top-ranked Pepperdine swept the Anteaters, 30-26, 30-20, 30-27, in a semifinal of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship Tournament before 1,507 at Firestone Fieldhouse Thursday. The Waves (24-4) advance to the MPSF championship match Saturday, while the Anteaters end their season 20-11, setting a new single-season record for victories. UCI junior Jimmy Pelzel, a first-team All-MPSF selection, led all players with 26 kills and Kyle Weichart added seven kills.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 1, 2014
IRVINE — For the second time in six days, UC Irvine, last season's top team, met UCLA, the current No. 1 team in men's volleyball. Five days after losing in three sets at UCLA, the Anteaters played host to the Bruins. The Anteaters didn't go down so quickly in the rematch, but UCLA proved to be the better side again. In a key Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match, UCLA defeated the No. 8 Anteaters, 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 25-18, at Bren Events Center on Saturday night. The Bruins continued to roll.
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By Barry Faulkner | December 18, 2013
For a program that has grown so accustomed to winning, perhaps the greatest accomplishment achieved by UC Irvine men's volleyball is its ability to withstand loss. After capturing their third NCAA title in six seasons in 2012, the Anteaters last season absorbed the loss of their figurehead, leader and coach, John Speraw, as well as a four-time All-American in Carson Clark, who just happens to be the school's all-time kills leader. The result was yet another national crown that first-year coach and former Speraw assistant David Kniffin trumpeted as a triumph of the culture of success that permeates the program.
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December 11, 2013
The UC Irvine men's volleyball team tops the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. Division I-II coaches preseason poll for the second consecutive year. The two-time defending champion Anteaters rank first with 246 points and nine first-place votes. UCLA, coached by former UCI head man John Speraw, was second at 238 and three-first place votes, followed by BYU with 235 votes and four-first place nods. Also garnering one first-place vote was No. 4 Long Beach State (218), while Stanford (202)
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June 15, 2013
Matt Whitehouse, a junior pitcher for UC Irvine in 2013, has signed with the Cleveland Indians on Friday and has been assigned to the Mohoning Valley Scrappers, their short-season Single-A affiliate in the New York-Penn League. Whitehouse was chosen in the 19th round by Cleveland in last week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft after going 5-6 with a 3.29 earned-run average for the Anteaters. The Scrappers are scheduled to open their season on Monday. Dominique Taylor, a junior center fielder for the Anteaters in 2013 who was taken in the 15th round last week, signed on Tuesday with the Kansas City Royals.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 1, 2013
The UC Irvine men's volleyball team needs two more victories to become the first NCAA champion to repeat since UCLA won back-to-back titles in 1995 and 1996. The No. 2-seeded Anteaters (23-7) face No. 3-seeded Loyola of Chicago (22-9) in one semifinal on Thursday at 6 p.m. at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. The winner will advance to face either top-seeded BYU (25-4) or Penn State (23-7), in the title match Saturday at 6 p.m. Former UCI Coach John Speraw was a senior middle blocker on the 1995 national championship team.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 30, 2013
Even as they towered over most of their teammates and competitors, and flew high over the net, the 6-foot-7 Collin Mehring and 6-9 Kyle Russell operated well below the radar last season with the UC Irvine men's volleyball team. Mehring, a junior middle blocker, redshirted in 2010, then played in only one match in each of his next two seasons. There were times last season when, unable to crack the 12-man lineup for intrasquad scrimmages, the product of St. Francis High near San Jose would work the scoreboard during practices with the 2012 NCAA champion Anteaters.
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April 2, 2013
Matt Fuerbringer, a beach volleyball star and a former Estancia High standout athlete, has joined the U.S. men's volleyball team staff as an assistant coach, as announced by new coach John Speraw, the former UC Irvine men's volleyball coach. Fuerbringer, 39, has nearly 10 years of experience coaching junior club volleyball and has spent the last year as a volunteer assistant coach under Speraw at UCLA. Fuerbringer is well-known for being a pro beach volleyball player and came close to making the 2012 U.S. Olympic beach volleyball team.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 30, 2013
IRVINE - Former UC Irvine men's volleyball coach John Speraw forged a lot of special memories, including three national championships, during a 10-year stint at the Anteaters' helm. And in his initial return to the Bren Events Center as the head man at UCLA, the only thing that might have supplemented his feel-good evening was a red carpet in front of the visiting bench. Speraw's No. 4-ranked Bruins dispatched the short-handed No. 2-ranked  'Eaters, 25-16, 25-16, 19-25, 25-17, on Saturday, allowing Speraw to smile broadly as he reconnected with old friends before and after the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match.
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March 26, 2013
Former UC Irvine men's volleyball coach John Speraw, who left the Anteaters after winning three national championships in 10 seasons to coach at his alma mater, UCLA, was named coach of the U.S. men's national team on Monday. Speraw, in his first season at UCLA, which will visit UCI on Saturday at 7 p.m., will guide Team USA through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was an assistant for the men's team in the last two Olympics, including a silver medal performance in 2008 in Beijing.
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