In a vote that should come as no surprise to Anteater sports fans, the UCI men's volleyball team's dramatic come-from-behind victory over USC to capture the NCAA title was voted the L.A. Sports Awards' "Greatest Sports Moment of 2009" for Division I schools (excluding USC and UCLA) in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.
UCI's win, which took place last May in Provo, Utah, was one of 15 greatest moments in college and professional sports that fans voted for online at the L.A. Sports Web site. It was the Anteaters' second national title in three years.
"Greatest Sports Moment" winners were announced during the Los Angeles Sports Council's annual awards show Feb. 19.
Women's golf hosts the Anteater Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, March 29 and 30, at Dove Canyon Country Club. The tournament features 36 holes on the first day and the final 18 on the second. UCI will be joined by teams from across the nation, including Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Long Beach State, Oregon State, Portland State, Sacramento State, San Diego State, San Francisco, Santa Clara and UC Riverside.
Baseball pitcher Daniel Bibona and track & field standout Lauren Collins were named UCI's Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
Bibona earned multiple All-American awards last season when he was 12-1 overall and named Big West Pitcher of the Year. Collins holds UCI records in the heptathlon (5,549 points) and the high jump (6 feet, 1¼ inches). She won the Big West high jump championship last year.
The two were recognized at the annual scholar-athlete breakfast during the Big West basketball tournament March 11 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Anaheim.
Two UCI baseball games will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU this season — the April 11 matchup against Cal State Fullerton at Cicerone Field, Anteater Ballpark, and the May 9 contest at Cal Poly. Both games are scheduled to start at 2 p.m.