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December 27, 2013
Whitford named MVP Sage Hill School junior outside hitter Kekai Whitford has been named the Academy League MVP after the girls' volleyball program reached unprecedented heights this season. Whitford, along with first-team members, junior outside hitter Halland McKenna and junior setter Maddy Abbott, led Sage Hill (28-6, 11-1) to a share of the league title, a CIF Southern Section Division 3A title, and its first CIF State Southern California Regional Division III finals appearance.
By Barry Faulkner | December 20, 2013
The UC Irvine men's volleyball season is officially open for business. But the message sent most clearly during the Anteaters' 25-21, 25-13, 25-15, road drubbing of defending NAIA champion Concordia on Friday had to do with closing time. The Anteaters, who have won the last two NCAA titles, played their original seven starters throughout, effectively stepping on the throat of the overmatched Eagles. "Last year [a five-set win for UCI, which claimed the first two games against Concordia but couldn't finish off the sweep]
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.
December 17, 2013
April Ross, a Costa Mesa resident and former Newport Harbor High volleyball standout, has been named 2013 Female Beach Athlete of the Year by USA Volleyball. Ross, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist who played with three partners, played in nine domestic and 13 international tournaments in 2013, earning six titles and several other top-three finishes. In seven Assn. of Volleyball Professionals events, she won three times, twice with longtime partner Jennifer Kessy (Salt Lake City, and Atlantic City)
December 5, 2013
UC Irvine outside hitter Cassidy Pickrell has been named to the Big West Conference All-Freshman Team to highlight Anteaters recognized by coaches' all-conference voting in women's volleyball. The 6-foot-1 Pickrell had 245 kills and averaged 2.69 per set. She was ranked fourth in the conference with 29 aces and a .32 average while picking up 116 digs. UCI senior outside hitter Aly Squires and sophomore outside hitter Marisa Bubica received honorable mention. The 6-3 Bubica averaged three kills per set to lead the Anteaters, who finished 14-16, 5-11 in conference play.
By Matt Szabo | December 4, 2013
VISALIA - Sage Hill School athletes wear jackets that are black, with the word "Courage" on the right sleeve. Members of the Lightning girls' volleyball team lived up to that ideal time and again Tuesday night in the CIF State Southern California Regional Division III championship match. After making the long drive to play at top-seeded Visalia Central Valley Christian, the No. 3-seeded Lightning discovered a team that was much bigger and had a packed gymnasium with raucous fans.
By Steve Virgen | December 3, 2013
Misty May-Treanor smiled after reading a name from a raffle Sunday night at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. Matty!" she shouted, "referring to her husband, Matt Treanor, the winner of a free manicure and pedicure during a raffle for the Heart of a Marine Foundation. May-Treanor was the special host of the 13th annual Sand Sculpture and Tree Lighting Ceremony at the St. Regis. The three-time Olympic gold medalist and her husband thought it was best to give back the free mani-pedi and redo the drawing.
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | November 30, 2013
Students in the first few rows held sticks with huge cutouts of the heads of the Sage Hill School girls' volleyball players. As if Sage Hill's opponent on Saturday had not seen enough of the Lightning. For the second time in eight days, Crean Lutheran faced the Lightning, in the stands and on the court. The second meeting turned out much like last week's in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A finale. Sage Hill finished the Saints in three sets, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22, in the second round of the CIF State Southern California Regional Division III playoffs in front of a raucous home crowd.
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