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February 8, 2013
PALO ALTO - Top-ranked UC Irvine out-blocked No. 4 Stanford 12-5.5 to earn a 25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 25-23 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win at Burnham Pavilion Friday. UCI's 12 blocks is tied for the second most this season. Collin Mehring and Scott Kevorken had five total blocks each to help the Anteaters (9-3, 6-3 in the MPSF) extend their winning streak to five, the longest of the season, and deal Stanford (7-4, 4-4) its first home loss of the year (6-1). Senior All-American Kevin Tillie led UCI with 18 kills, hitting .531 (18-1-32)
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September 25, 2007
Corona del Mar High boys’ senior middle blocker Gus Ellis said he has verbally committed to Stanford’s volleyball program, choosing the school over USC, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara because of its academic excellence. The 6-foot-6 Ellis helped CdM win the CIF Southern Section Division II title last year. “After I found out that I got in, it was like an easy call,” said Ellis, adding that his 3.96 grade-point average and 1880 SAT score were good enough to get in. Ellis, a Newport-Mesa Dream Team pick, said he’s recovering from a partial tear of his right medial collateral ligament.
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May 1, 2013
The USC women's water polo team defeated Stanford, 11-7, on Sunday to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship in Berkeley. The next day, the Trojans were awarded the top seed for the NCAA Championship, which begins May 10 and is hosted by Harvard. USC (24-1) features junior co-captain Kaleigh Gilchrist (Newport Harbor High) and seniors Nicolina McCall (Newport Harbor) and Chelsea Silvers (Newport Beach-Mater Dei). Gilchrist is the second-leading scorer (41 goals)
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December 14, 2012
Corona del Mar High senior setter Kelsey Humphreys has been named the All-Pacific Coast League MVP in girls' volleyball after the Sea Kings claimed their seventh straight league championship. Humphreys, who is bound for Stanford, is one of three CdM players receiving first-team all-league laurels. The others are sophomore outside hitter Hayley Hodson and senior outside hitter Grace Kennedy, who is also headed to Stanford. CdM senior libero Katie Curci and senior middle blocker Shannon Griffin were each named to the second team.
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March 22, 2013
Corona del Mar High senior Cassidy Papa has earned Most Valuable Player honors in the Pacific Coast League for girls' water polo. Papa was joined on the first team by senior twins Ioanna Haralabidis and Stephania Haralabidis, senior attacker Ally McCormick and senior defender Genevieve Weed. Papa was a versatile attacker for the Sea Kings (27-4), who went a perfect 10-0 in league to capture their 14th straight crown. CdM went on to win its first CIF Southern Section Division 1 title, defeating rival and defending champion Newport Harbor, 6-5, in the title match.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 26, 2012
LOS ANGELES - UC Irvine men's volleyball coach John Speraw said USC had managed to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season title and the top national ranking without facing a most formidable opponent: pressure. But by rallying from a two-game deficit to force a fifth set in the MPSF Tournament semifinals Thursday at USC's Galen Center, Speraw's Anteaters squarely placed the burden of pressure on the No. 1-seeded hosts. By that time, UCI was at least as formidable a concern for USC, and the Anteaters prevailed to close out a 24-26, 23-25, 25-16, 28-26, 15-9 victory to keep their NCAA title hopes alive.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 28, 2012
LOS ANGELES - There was nothing to lose … but the season itself. And there is, after all, nothing more important in the extant life of a college athlete. The UC Irvine men's volleyball team gave a lesson on life extension, rallying twice in three days from an 0-2 deficit in games to claim victory and the title of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at USC's Galen Center. Saturday night, it was a 20-25, 25-27, 25-21, 25-21, 15-12 win over Stanford, as the No. 2-ranked Anteaters followed up their thrilling five-game win over top-ranked USC on Thursday with yet another improbable comeback.
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May 3, 2014
Cody Caldwell, a former Newport Harbor High star, led Loyola Chicago to its first NCAA Division I men's volleyball national title, earning the tournament MVP after the junior outside hitter finished with 20 kills and 10 digs in the host Ramblers' 25-17, 19-25, 25-19, 25-15 win against Stanford on Saturday at Gentile Arena. In the opening set, Caldwell produced nine kills and top-seeded Loyola (29-1) hit a blistering .696. Third-seeded Stanford (24-9) featured junior Spencer Haly, a former Corona del Mar High standout.
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May 1, 2012
The UC Irvine women's water polo team is the No. 4 seed and will play No. 5-seeded Loyola Marymount in the first round of the NCAA Championship, May 11 at 8:15 p.m. at San Diego State. The Anteaters (24-6) won their fourth straight Big West Conference Tournament title and are making their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. UCI split two matches with Loyola Marymount (20-9) this season, posting a 12-9 win at LMU on Feb. 18 and absorbing a 9-6 loss on Feb. 25 at UCI. Stanford (23-2)
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September 17, 2006
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL Santa Ana Tournament SANTA ANA — The Pirates defeated Citrus, 30-28, in the title match Saturday to win the event for the third straight season, despite the absence of sophomore star Kiwi Winkler. With Winkler tending to a family emergency, freshmen Chelsea Spadaro, Jacqi Reed and Jenna Harp all stepped up to lead the Pirates. Spadaro, a setter, earned tournament MVP honors while Harp switched from right side to outside hitter to fill Winkler's spot.
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May 3, 2014
Cody Caldwell, a former Newport Harbor High star, led Loyola Chicago to its first NCAA Division I men's volleyball national title, earning the tournament MVP after the junior outside hitter finished with 20 kills and 10 digs in the host Ramblers' 25-17, 19-25, 25-19, 25-15 win against Stanford on Saturday at Gentile Arena. In the opening set, Caldwell produced nine kills and top-seeded Loyola (29-1) hit a blistering .696. Third-seeded Stanford (24-9) featured junior Spencer Haly, a former Corona del Mar High standout.
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April 19, 2014
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL Stanford def. UC Irvine PALO ALTO — The NCAA defending champion Anteaters fell in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation quarterfinals, 28-30, 25-22, 25-15, 17-25, 15-13, Saturday at Stanford. Zack La Cavera led UCI (18-11) with 19 kills and Jeremy Dejno added 12 kills. Outside hitter Connor Hughes had eight kills, nine digs and five block assists. Middle blocker Scott Kevorken recorded seven kills and seven blocks and middle blocker Collin Mehring totaled seven kills and five total blocks.
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April 19, 2014
Corona del Mar High junior Hayley Hodson has verbally committed to Stanford University for women's volleyball, she announced Friday via Twitter. Hodson, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter, was the Newport-Mesa Player of the Year last year for the Sea Kings. She finished with 407 kills and a .356 hitting percentage, helping CdM win the Pacific Coast League and advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA playoffs. Hodson earned league MVP and first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA honors.
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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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By Steve Virgen | December 28, 2013
As New Year's Day draws near, the excitement continues to build for Al Freeman. The Granddaddy of Them All hasn't featured his beloved Michigan State Spartans in 25 years. Yes, they are his Spartans. That's because Freeman, an Irvine resident, isn't just any other Michigan State fan. You can call him Mr. Michigan State. When the Spartans go to the Final Four in men's basketball, he's there. He's been to four of them in the past 12 years. When it became evident Michigan State would face Stanford in the Rose Bowl, Freeman went into fanatic mode, mixed with his expert touch from his career.
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By Matt Szabo | November 29, 2013
At 5-foot-7, Sage Hill School junior Halland McKenna does not tower over many people on the volleyball court. The height certainly isn't short outside of the gym. It certainly is short, though, for a high school outside hitter, even at a small school like Sage Hill. McKenna has to play smart, using the angles and picking her spots. "I definitely think it's placement," she said. "I can't hit like [Sage junior outside] Kekai [Whitford]. Kekai, oh my God, she can knock someone's head off. I can hit anywhere, but it's just that I can't get up that high to hit straight down.
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By Matt Szabo | October 22, 2013
Luca Cupido, the senior transfer from Italy, has become a pretty familiar sight inside the pool at Newport Harbor High this fall. Cupido's familiarity with another program up the coast aided his college decision. Cupido has verbally committed to play water polo at UC Berkeley, he said in a text message Sunday. He was one of three boys' water polo players to commit recently. Cupido's senior teammate Mitchell Mendoza has committed to play at Stanford, Mendoza said Monday. CdM senior Ryan Greenwald has committed to play at Johns Hopkins, Coach Barry O'Dea confirmed Tuesday.
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September 27, 2013
Mark Alex has been hired as Corona del Mar High's new wrestling coach, he said Friday. Alex replaces Gary Almquist, who stepped down after 17 seasons in charge of the Sea Kings. "I'm very excited," said Alex, adding that his first day on the job was Friday. Alex wrestled at El Dorado High, where he won a CIF Southern Section Masters title and went on to place third at the CIF State finals in 1983. Alex, who wrestled at Stanford, said he coached at Buena Park for the last two years.
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By Matt Szabo | May 13, 2013
They can say that they were part of the longest NCAA women's water polo championship game in history. More importantly for Newport Harbor High graduates Kaleigh Gilchrist and Nicolina McCall, as well as Newport Beach native Chelsea Silvers (Mater Dei), they can say they're national champions. USC freshman Anni Espar scored from long distance in the third sudden-death overtime period, lifting the Trojans to a 10-9 victory over Stanford in the NCAA title match Sunday at Harvard University.
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May 3, 2013
UC Irvine women's golfers Michelle Park and Luciane Lee have been selected to participate as individuals in the NCAA West Regional, May 9-11 at the Stanford Golf Course. Park, a senior, has posted four top-10 finishes this season and leads UCI with a 75.33 scoring average. Lee, a freshman, has a 76.05 scoring average. She was second at the Fresno State tournament and third at the Juli Inkster Invitational. The top eight teams and top two individuals from three total regional sites will advance to the championship finals, May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
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