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December 5, 2007
The defending national champion UC Irvine men’s volleyball program was picked to finish fourth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the conference coaches’ preseason poll. Coach John Speraw’s Anteaters, who won the MPSF regular-season title in 2006 and won the MPSF Tournament in 2007, both program firsts, received 88 points and no first-place votes. Pepperdine (108 points) and BYU (105) both received five first-place votes as the top two in the poll.
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January 18, 2008
UC Irvine men’s water polo players Kyle Baxter, Andrew Dunn, Greg Enloe, Jamie Frank, Matt Garcia and Tim Hutten have been named to the 2007 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Academic all-conference team. Hutten, a senior, scored 75 goals en route to first-team All-America honors. The MPSF Player of the Year led the nation with a scoring average of 3.75 goals per game. Garcia, a senior goalkeeper, made 214 saves in 25 starts and received honorable mention in the All-MPSF voting.
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November 26, 2007
BERKELEY — The UC Irvine men’s water polo team’s run in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship came to a disappointing end with a 10-6 title-game loss to top-ranked USC Sunday. But Anteaters Coach Marc Hunt was anything but disappointed with his squad’s performance in the three-day event at Spieker Aquatics Complex. “We had a great weekend,” Hunt said of his No. 5-seeded Anteaters knocking off No,. 4-seeded UCLA, 10-9, in overtime, in Friday’s quarterfinal, then stunning top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Cal, 13-12, in Saturday’s semifinal.
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April 19, 2008
Three UC Irvine men’s volleyball players earned All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors. Senior middle blocker Aaron Harrell and junior opposite Jon Steller were third-team selections, while junior libero Brent Asuka was an honorable mention choice. Harrell was seventh in the MPSF in hitting percentage (.409) and sixth in blocking with a 1.28 average. Steller has 37 service aces this season, the third most among MPSF players. He is also averaging 3.36 kills per game.
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April 23, 2009
UC Irvine senior setter Ryan Ammerman and freshman opposite Carson Clark have been named first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in men’s volleyball. Clark is also the conference’s Freshman of the Year. Sophomore middle blocker Kevin Wynne was a second-team honoree, while sophomore outside hitter Jordan DuFault was a third-team pick. Clark leads the No. 1-ranked Anteaters (24-4), who won the MPSF regular-season crown with a 19-3 record, in kills (3.9 per set)
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August 27, 2008
The UC Irvine men’s water polo team has been picked to finish eighth in the nine-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, according to a coaches’ poll announced recently. Coach Marc Hunt’s Anteaters said goodbye to first-team All-Americans Tim Hutten and Colin Mello, as well as Cole Bitter, who earned honorable mention in All-American voting, after finishing 14-11, 4-4 for fifth place in the MPSF, last season. The aforementioned trio combined to score 153 goals, including 75 by Hutten, who earned MPSF and national player of the year honors.
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April 24, 2009
Uneasy lies the head of the apprentice tonight when No. 1-ranked and top-seeded UC Irvine plays host to No. 9-ranked UCLA in the quarterfinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men’s volleyball tournament at 7 at the Bren Events Center. UCI Coach John Speraw will be trying to guide his Anteaters (24-4), who won the program’s second MPSF regular-season title with a 19-3 mark, past the Bruins (14-15) for the fourth time this season. UCLA is coached by the legendary Al Scates, for whom Speraw played (1992 to 1995)
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December 6, 2010
The UC Irvine men's volleyball team finished tied for first in the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation preseason coaches' poll. The Anteaters and USC each finished with 100 points and three first-place votes in the 12-school conference. Six teams earned at least one first-place vote, including reigning NCAA champion Stanford (two) and BYU (two). Pepperdine and UCLA received one first-place vote. Stanford finished third (96 points), followed by Pepperdine (90), BYU (85)
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By Barry Faulkner | April 28, 2007
Now that the UC Irvine men's volleyball team almost certainly has nothing to lose, it will get the opportunity to see just how much it can win. The No. 3-ranked Anteaters (26-5) are a virtual lock to make their second straight visit to the four-team NCAA Championship next week at Ohio State University. Their 30-29, 28-30, 27-30, 30-27, 15-10 conquest of No. 2-ranked BYU Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament assured as much. Tonight, they will shoot for the program's first MPSF tournament crown when they face top-ranked Pepperdine (26-1)
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By Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com | January 12, 2011
IRVINE — After unranked UC San Diego stunned host UC Irvine in four games in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's volleyball opener Wednesday night, Tritons' senior hero Phil Bannan put forth the notion that it may not have been an upset. Moments later, UCI Coach John Speraw said he certainly hoped his No. 7-ranked team, which had been picked to win a share of the MPSF championship in a preseason poll and is now 2-3 after opening the season ranked No. 2, was at the very least, upset.
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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 17, 2014
UC Irvine senior Scott Kevorken was named first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in men's volleyball. Junior libero Michael Brinkley represented the Anteaters on the second team. Kevorken, a 6-foot-9 middle blocker, ranked second during MPSF competition in hitting percentage (.480) and hit better than .600 in eight matches. He is averaging 1.83 kills and 0.87 blocks per set. Kevorken was a second-team all-conference honoree in 2013 and was a member of the MPSF All-Freshman team in 2011.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 11, 2014
They don't fly Mountain Pacific Sports Federation banners in the Bren Events Center, which perhaps places some perspective on the UC Irvine men's volleyball team's 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 19-25, 15-13 MPSF loss to visiting Stanford on Friday night. The two-time defending NCAA champion Anteaters, however, showed they are perhaps ready for another strong postseason run by hanging to the end with what UCI Coach David Kniffin said is likely the hottest team in the country. The No. 4-ranked Cardinal (19-7, 16-7 in conference)
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March 13, 2014
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL UC Irvine def. Cal Baptist RIVERSIDE - Senior outside hitter Connor Hughes finished with a season-best 16 kills to lead the No. 8 Anteaters to a 25-22, 25-18, 25-23 sweep in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on the road Wednesday. Roberto Frazzoni had 30 assists and two service aces for UCI (14-8, 11-7 in MPSF). Tamir Hershko and Jeremy Dejno had six kills apiece. The Anteaters play at No. 3 BYU on Friday at 6 p.m.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 28, 2014
Before the season began, UC Irvine men's volleyball coach David Kniffin said he needed to see as much adversity for his team as possible. Now 19 matches in, the prophecy has largely come true, as the two-time-defending NCAA champion Anteaters entered Friday's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home match against UC Santa Barbara in ninth place. Since only the top eight in the 13-school conference make the MPSF Tournament, from which the winner emerges with a guaranteed berth in the NCAA Tournament, even the most conservative observer might note that UCI is living a bit on the edge.
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January 19, 2014
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Vanguard 87, Biola 32 Senior point guard Taylor Belmont posted her first career triple-double with 14 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the host No. 1-ranked Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference triumph Saturday. Belmont, who had 22 points and 13 assists in Tuesday's win at San Diego Christian, had three steals and zero turnovers and was six for seven from the free-throw line against Biola. VU (13-0, 2-0 in the GSAC) also received 23 points apiece from senior Nicole Ballestero and sophomore Samantha Doucette, while junior Ashleigh Anderson chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
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By Barry Faulkner | December 6, 2013
While covering sports in Newport-Mesa is usually always engaging, some stretches are more memorable than others. I had one dramatic seven-day run recently that will stick with me for a while. It began on Nov. 23, when the Vanguard University women's soccer team used penalty kicks to advance past Columbia (Missouri) in the first round of the NAIA Tournament at Vanguard. The next day, UC Irvine scored in the final two seconds to eliminate North Carolina, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament at UCI. Two days later, the Orange Coast College women's soccer squad tied the score with 40 seconds left in the second overtime, then prevailed in PKs against Los Angeles Pierce to advance to the third round of the Southern California Regional playoffs at OCC. Finally, the Friday following Thanksgiving, I witnessed the UCI women's basketball team lead early, then rally late with a stirring finish to defeat host Loyola Marymount, 63-60.
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November 26, 2013
UC Irvine senior driver Bojan Hrlec has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week in men's water polo. Hrlec scored a game-high six goals, including four in the second half, as UCI overcame a 6-4 halftime deficit to defeat Pepperdine, 13-10, in a crucial MPSF game on Sunday. Three of his goals came in the third quarter as the 'Eaters rallied from a 7-4 deficit early in that period. His final goal of the day was a penalty shot with one second remaining to give UCI the three-goal margin.
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By Barry Faulkner | October 25, 2013
The high-water mark of the UC Irvine men's water polo season was Sept. 18, after the Anteaters trounced Chapman to improve to 9-0. Then, the deluge began. The No. 9-ranked 'Eaters collapsed after taking a 5-4 halftime lead to absorb a 9-6 loss to visiting Long Beach State in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation clash on Thursday. It was the fourth straight loss, the sixth in the last seven matches and the seventh in the last nine, since the aforementioned unbeaten start. The two wins during that streak were both by one goal, one in overtime.
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