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December 11, 2013
The UC Irvine men's volleyball team tops the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. Division I-II coaches preseason poll for the second consecutive year. The two-time defending champion Anteaters rank first with 246 points and nine first-place votes. UCLA, coached by former UCI head man John Speraw, was second at 238 and three-first place votes, followed by BYU with 235 votes and four-first place nods. Also garnering one first-place vote was No. 4 Long Beach State (218), while Stanford (202)
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 Peñaloza | 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.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 20, 2013
Round 3 of Sage Hill School and Crean Lutheran is Saturday. This time, the girls' volleyball teams cannot share a title. The schools that split the Academy League crown have one more date. Sage Hill (25-5) and Crean Lutheran (21-6) play for all the marbles in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A finale at Cerritos College at 7:30 p.m. One school has been on this stage before, while the other has not. Sage Hill is making an unprecedented third straight section finals appearance and Crean Lutheran is making its debut.
November 20, 2013
Costa Mesa residents April Ross and Jake Gibb earned top individual and team honors in the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals' 2013 season awards announced Tuesday. Ross, a Newport Harbor High product, was named women's Most Valuable Player, as well as Best Offensive Player and Server of the Year. Ross, along with Jennifer Kessy, also claimed Team of the Year honors. Gibb was named Men's MVP and along with Casey Patterson of Huntington Beach, the Team of the Year in the men's circuit.
By Barry Faulkner | November 16, 2013
Though the playoff draw might not have been, graduation should be kind to this year's Corona del Mar High girls' volleyball team. With their only senior starter out with an injury Saturday night, the Sea Kings were overtaken by visiting Mater Dei, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-15, in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section 1AA playoffs. But with 6-foot-2 outside hitter Hayley Hodson back to anchor the rest of a lineup that gained valuable seasoning in a 24-7 campaign under first-year coach Steve Astor that included a pair of losses to the Monarchs (29-6)
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