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By Soraya Nadia McDonald | July 20, 2007
LONG BEACH — As he and his partner Russ Marchewka were warming up for their last match Thursday, a yellow-and-white Wilson volleyball was making a beeline towards Eyal Zimet's bottom. Thunk! Zimlet turned around to face his opponent, Justin Phipps, sporting a boyish grin. As it turned out, the thunk may have helped toss Zimet and Marchewka into today's main draw of the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals' Long Beach Open. Out of the seven teams featuring players from Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, only one made it through the three rounds in the qualifier to today's main draw.
By Brian Smith | July 12, 2006
When you're shooting for the stars, it helps to have some assistance to keep you focused on what you're doing. In the case of Kevin Hansen, a Corona del Mar High product trying out for the U.S. men's national volleyball team with hopes of playing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he has had a bit of inspiration: his two older sisters. "Both [Erika and Kristin] played at Princeton, so I had something to shoot for as I was growing up," said Hansen, 24. "They've been supportive of me, as have my parents."
June 6, 2008
Vanguard University announced Thursday that head women’s volleyball coach Erikka Gulbranson, as well as head baseball coach Scott Mallernee, have resigned. Gulbranson spent seven years as head coach, and leaves as the winningest coach in Vanguard volleyball history. She took over a three-win team in 2001, and led it to a winning record in just her third year. “Erikka completely shaped the volleyball program into one that is not only competitive in the [Golden State Athletic Conference]
By Matt Szabo | April 7, 2007
Weston Dunlap is still a work-in-progress as a volleyball player. The Newport Harbor High senior believes it, and Sailors Coach Dan Glenn believes it. But that doesn't mean Dunlap isn't already outright dominant at times for the Tars. The 6-foot-7 middle blocker showed that on March 30 in a big five-game win at Fountain Valley. Dunlap had 24 kills, six blocks and one service ace in that match. In the ultra-competitive Sunset League, which is only guaranteed three CIF Southern Section Division I playoff spots, Glenn said it was a crucial win for the Sailors (11-9, 2-2 in league)
April 11, 2012
Former Newport Harbor High standout Kirby Burnham and UC Irvine starters Aly Squires and Kristin Winkler are among 48 players selected to participate in the U.S women's national A2 volleyball team program this summer. Burnham, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter at USC, started seven matches for in 2011, helping the Women of Troy reach the NCAA semifinals, where they were defeated by Illinois to finish 29-5. Burnham had 72 kills, five aces and nine block assists as a sophomore. Winkler, a junior libero in 2011, led the Anteaters with 573 digs, while Squires, a 6-1 outside hitter, led UCI with 372 kills.
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | May 11, 2007
NEWPORT COAST - First year boys' volleyball coach Dan Thomassen is happy his team had an easy win in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs. Sage Hill School (14-7) defeated Orangewood Academy (8-6) 25-8, 25-10, 25-15 Thursday night. But he knows the rest of the ride through the postseason won't be so smooth, especially when he's leading a team devoid of seniors. Two freshmen, three sophomores, and two juniors make up the team's starters. "Without any seniors, our biggest question is maturity, and when we get into tight matches how they handle it," Thomassen said.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 26, 2009
On the floor, behind the rest of his Newport Harbor High teammates, Cody Caldwell watches the coach and TV. Dan Glenn instructs. The TV is the visual lesson for Thursday. Glenn has been the head coach of the Newport Harbor boys’ volleyball program since 1987. Breaking down teams, footage, players, he excels at these coaching rituals. Glenn has a good read on Caldwell, almost as well as his parents. He befriended the Caldwells before coaching Cody. Whatever Glenn says about the 6-foot-5, 175-pounder, you can take his words for it. “Cody is not all connected yet,” Glenn said.
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | March 21, 2008
With little more than a year of experience, Bradley Reitler is quickly becoming a veteran on the Estancia High boys’ volleyball team. Reitler, a junior middle blocker, hadn’t given the sport much thought until his sophomore year, when Eagles coach Mark Cygan saw him fooling around with a ball after a girls’ match. Cygan asked him to try out, and Reitler became one of the new faces on the team. Cygan was trying to rebuild after losing the seniors that led to the Eagles’ 2006 success.
December 2, 2006
FRESNO — The Orange Coast College women's volleyball team began defense of its state title with a 30-13, 30-20, 28-30, 30-20 victory over Shasta in the double-elimination tournament of the California Community College Commission on Athletics State Championships Friday. Two-time All-American Kiwi Winkler led the Pirates (22-2) with 29 kills and 12 digs. "I'm proud of the way the girls came out and played a very aggressive style of volleyball," Pirates' Coach Chuck Cutenese said in a press release.
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