UCI's women's golf team ranked 24th in the fourth and final Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association Division I Coaches' Poll of the fall season. The Anteaters join Michigan State (No. 20) as the two newcomers in the top 25. Golf World also named senior Jane Chin as the Surprise Player in its fourth annual mid-season awards. Previously an all-Big West performer with a 76.5 average as a junior, she posted a 69.92 average this fall, lowest in all of Division I women's golf. In winning the Kent Youel Invitational in Hawaii with a 13-under 203, she broke the school's 54-hole scoring mark.
UCI's baseball team will play 11 of its first 12 games on the road to kick off the 2009 schedule. The Anteaters open the schedule with four games against Hawaii Feb. 20-22 before traveling to Houston, Texas, Feb. 27-March 1. Opponents for the Houston College Classic will be announced later. UCI faces Loyola Marymount in its home opener March 3, then travels to Waco, Texas, March 6-8 to take on first-time opponents Alabama-Birmingham and South Alabama. The Anteaters face Baylor in Waco, Texas, in the programs' seventh meeting March 7. UCI ends the road stretch with a contest at USC March 10.
Paula Weishoff, a three-time Olympian, was named head coach of the women's volleyball program. Weishoff has served the past five seasons as head coach at Concordia University, Irvine, which won 146 matches during her tenure. Weishoff guided the Eagles to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national finals twice and the semifinals on two other occasions in her five years at the university. She was named NAIA Coach of the Year this season after leading Concordia to a 31-6 overall record and the national championship match. Two of her players were named to the NAIA All-America first team.
UCI men's volleyball will host UCLA – Head Coach John Speraw's alma mater – at Crawford Court 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30. UCLA shared the top spot with Pepperdine in the 2009 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Preseason Coaches Poll, and UCI ranked fifth – receiving 80 points and one first-place vote. The Anteaters were 16-15 overall and 11-11 in the MPSF last year, advancing to the quarterfinals of the MPSF Championship.