Men's volleyball has served up another exciting season, competing as the No. 1-ranked team in the nation and setting its sights on the NCAA Championships May 7 and 9 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The Anteaters, which had been ranked No. 2 after splitting a pair of matchups against BYU April 2 and 3, swept the former No. 1-ranked Pepperdine in a three-game series April 11, regaining the top spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings and improving their record to 22-4. UCI plays two away games, at Stanford April 17 and University of the Pacific April 18, before hosting an MPSF quarterfinal match April 25. Says Anteater Jon Steller, who plays opposite: "We're just focusing on one game at a time."
After a three-game sweep of Long Beach State April 9-11, UCI baseball rose to No. 3 in the Baseball America poll, tying the program's highest ranking since moving to NCAA Division I 31 years ago. Ben Orloff became UCI's all-time leader in runs scored with a tally of 149 after recording three hits in the Anteaters' 9-5 win over the Dirtbags April 11. The Anteaters' next home games are against Oregon April 20 and 21, USC April 28, and Cal State Northridge May 1-3. UCI hopes to rack up enough wins to qualify for the NCAA regional competition May 29.
UCI junior Lauren Collins and freshman Charles Jock earned Big West Conference Athlete of the Week honors in March after setting school track and field records. Collins was named the women's field Athlete of the Week after scoring a school-record total of 5,549 points in winning the heptathlon at the Northridge Spring Break Open March 18 and 19. That total ranked seventh in the world for 2009 as of March 23. Her score qualifies her for the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., June 10-13 and the USA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 25-28. Jock, who was selected as the conference's male track Athlete of the Week, won the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.18 in the Spring Break Invitational at Anteater Stadium March 21. That time is fourth-best in school history and the fastest by a UCI runner in 21 years. It qualifies him for the NCAA West Regional in Eugene, Ore., May 29 and 30.