In what head coach John Speraw called an "epic battle," men's volleyball won the national championship, defeating USC 3-2 at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah, May 9. "When we were down 2-1, some teams would [have] pack[ed] it in, but this team didn't," Speraw said. It's the second national title in three years for the Anteaters, who ended the season 27-5 overall. Senior setter Ryan Ammerman was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, recording a career-high 13 total blocks and 55 set assists and matching his personal record of six kills.
Competing as the No. 1 team in the U.S. for the first time in Anteater history, UCI baseball rolled through the spring season, sweeping Cal State Northridge, University of the Pacific and other contenders. The Anteaters face UC Santa Barbara May 22-24. A win in the NCAA regional May 29 and super-regional June 5 will earn them their second trip in three years to the College World Series, taking place June 13 in Omaha, Neb. UCI was voted the top team in April by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.
UCI's women's rowers made school history May 9 by winning the grand final at the 71st annual Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Coxswain Heather Conniff, Ashley Fee, Alex Bolt, Elizabeth Nguyen and Allison Baker are the first UCI crew to finish first at Dad Vail, the largest collegiate regatta in the U.S., with more than 100 colleges and universities competing. UCI beat rowers from Brock University, Drake University, Stetson University, University of Tulsa and Jacksonville University in the women's varsity heavyweight four final with a time of 7:36.36.
UCI sailing will compete in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association women's dinghy nationals Monday through Wednesday, May 25-27, at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. The Anteaters advanced to the national championship after finishing third at the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference women's dinghy championship April 25-26. UCI last participated in the women's national championship in 2007. UCI's coed sailing team qualified for the ICSA team racing national championship, to be held Friday through Sunday, May 29-31, at Treasure Island Sailing Center in San Francisco. The Anteaters last qualified for team racing in 1995.
No. 10-ranked UCI women's water polo won the inaugural Big West Conference tournament April 26 by defeating No. 17 UC Santa Barbara 13-9 in the championship match. Senior Gianna Rossi was named the Big West Tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring six goals — two of them game-winning. The Anteaters also swept the Big West Conference annual awards: Rossi was named Big West Player of the Year; Morgan Vickers was Co-Freshman of the Year; and head coach Dan Klatt was Coach of the Year. The team's 23 wins this season set a UCI record.
After tying for fourth in the regionals, women's golf heads to the NCAA championship at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., May 19-22. It's the program's third appearance at the finals in the last five years; the 2005 team finished 18th and the '07 squad 19th. At the NCAA West Regional, held May 7-9 at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., senior Jane Chin tied for third with Arizona State's Juliana Murcia. Chin shot an even-par 72 in the final round.