June 16, 2008
GENOVA, Italy — The USA men’s senior national water polo team fell to Italy, 15-14, in a shootout Monday on the first day of the FINA World League Super Final. Each team hit its first four penalty shots, but Team USA was stopped on its fifth try and Italy converted. Former UC Irvine stars Ryan Bailey and Rick Merlo each scored twice for Team USA, and Jeff Powers scored once. Tim Hutten, the UC Irvine senior who recently won the Peter J. Cutino award, also scored twice for the Americans.
May 17, 2008
The United States mens’ senior national water polo team will play Croatia in an exhibition match on May 29 at 7 p.m. at Corona del Mar High. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students at the door, and the doors are expected to open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased through www.usawaterpolo.com. Team USA’s training roster includes former CdM High and Cal standout John Mann, as well as former UC Irvine players Dreason Berry, Genai Kerr, Jeff Powers and Rick Merlo.
July 29, 2005
Defending world and Olympic champion Aaron Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High product, will be seeking his third straight 200-meter backstroke title in today's final of the swimming world championships in Montreal. Peirsol, 22, winner of three gold medals at last summer's Olympics in Athens, Greece, posted the fastest time (1 minute, 56.60 seconds) in Thursday's semifinal to qualify. Peirsol claimed the 100 backstroke title Tuesday, making him the first man since Roland Matthes of East Germany in 1973 and 1975 to win consecutive 100 back titles a the world championships.
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.
May 24, 2008
The United States mens’ senior national water polo team will play Croatia in an exhibition match on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Corona del Mar High. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students at the door, and the doors are expected to open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased through www.usawaterpolo.com. Team USA’s training roster includes former CdM High and Cal standout John Mann, as well as former UC Irvine players Dreason Berry, Genai Kerr, Jeff Powers and Rick Merlo.
October 25, 2004
UC Irvine senior Rick Merlo scored three goals to help the Anteaters' men's water polo team earn an 8-7 victory over Mountain Pacific Sports Federation visitor Cal, ranked No. 5, Sunday at the Anteater Aquatics Complex. Merlo scored back-to-back goals with 2:24 and 20 seconds left in the second quarter to give the No. 8-ranked Anteaters a 4-2 lead at halftime. The teams exchanged three goals each throughout the third quarter as UCI maintained took a 7-5 lead into the fourth period.
August 21, 2003
UC Irvine senior Jimmy Pelzel and junior Rick Merlo and Newport Harbor High grad Nicole Mackey will compete for the USA this week at the World University Games in Daegu, South Korea. Pelzel, a first-team All-American for the Anteaters last season, is a member of the 11-player U.S. men's volleyball team that will participate in Group B with Ukraine, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and host South Korea. Pelzel competed in the Japan-USA Men's Challenge Cup in Japan from July 26 through Aug. 3. Merlo, who scored 15 goals for UCI last fall, is playing for the USA men's water polo team that opens against Greece on Saturday.
October 5, 2003
The UC Irvine women's volleyball team, on the heels of Thursday night's upset loss at Idaho, responded well on the road Saturday night as Coach Charlie Brande's squad swept Utah State, 30-27, 30-23, 37-35 in Big West Conference action at the Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah. After a wild third game, Kelly Wing finished with a match-high 15 kills for the Anteaters, while adding 11 digs. Sami Cash contributed 14 kills, four block assists, one stuff block and one service ace for UCI (14-4, 5-1 in the Big West)
October 27, 2003
Dan Noon, Phil Garcia and Rick Merlo scored four goals each to lead No. 8 UC Irvine past 14th-ranked Pacific, 17-12, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's water polo game at Chris Kjeldsen Pool in Stockton Sunday. Noon, a junior, scored three of his goals in the first quarter as the Anteaters (9-11, 1-2 in the MPSF) led, 5-3, after one period and 9-7 at halftime. Pacific's Eddie Wisniewski, who led all scorers with five goals, cut UCI's lead to 9-8 on a goal with 5:57 left in the third quarter.
September 22, 2003
UC Irvine freshman goalkeeper Marissa Welliver made five saves to help the Anteater women's soccer team play host USC to a 0-0 tie in a nonconference clash Sunday. Welliver helped the 'Eaters withstand a 15-4 shot advantage for the Women of Troy, who are now 7-0-2 in their last nine meetings with UCI. UCI is now 5-2-2 this season, while USC, ranked No. 21 in he nation, is now 3-3-2. Lauren Baer had two shots for UCI. UCI finishes ninth WATER POLO: The No. 7-ranked UC Irvine men's water polo team defeated No. 11 UC Santa Barbara, 9-6, Sunday in the ninth-place final of the Southern California tournament at the Anteater Aquatics Complex.