Volume III, Issue 1: September 2010


A new high for track & field star Collins

Runner's World cover

Lauren Collins '10, UCI high jump and heptathlon record-holder and winner of the UCI Alumni Association's 2010 Lauds & Laurels Award for outstanding student-athlete, hit a new high as cover model for the July issue of Runner's World. The magazine acknowledged her accomplishments, saying: "Collins' peak training regimen included intervals, hills, plyometrics, tempo runs, core work and weight lifting. 'All the hard work that's invested can be frustrating and painful,' says the Newport Beach resident, 'but finally seeing your times drop is pretty hard to beat.'"

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DiCaprio rocks his UCI ball cap — again

Leonardo DiCaprio in shades and UCI cap
The entertainment website Just Jared posted these pictures of Leonardo DiCaprio sporting his blue and gold headgear.

Is Leonardo DiCaprio an Anteater sports fan? The actor has been spotted wearing a UCI ball cap a couple of times this summer, most recently while at an August business lunch meeting in Culver City.

Just Jared, the entertainment website, reported that the star of movies such as "Inception," "Revolutionary Road," "The Departed" and "Titanic" also wore the cap while vacationing in Italy.

UCI's boys of summer

Jordan Leyland at bat
Jordan Leyland, Cape Cod Baseball League playoff MVP

Current and former UCI baseball players enjoyed successful summers in various leagues.

Jordan Leyland, a junior, was named Cape Cod Baseball League playoff MVP after helping the Cotuit (Massachusetts) Kettleers win their first league championship since 1999. The first baseman was 12 for 26 (.462) at the plate with a homer, six RBI and seven runs scored in seven playoff games. Leyland also played in the league's All-Star game at Boston's Fenway Park.

The Wenatchee (Washington) AppleSox had three UCI sophomores on their roster: catcher Drew Sandler and pitchers Matt Whitehouse and Kyle Hooper. They helped the team capture its second straight West Coast League title.

Former UCI standouts Ben Orloff (infielder) and Eric Pettis (pitcher), now playing professionally, earned spots in the New York-Penn League All-Star game at Staten Island, N.Y.

Coaches come to campus from around the world

Ali Ton
Ali Ton, UCI assistant basketball coach

UCI men's basketball coach Russell Turner has added a pair of assistant coaches with international ties as he prepares for his first season with the Anteaters.

Ali Ton, who served the past three years as an assistant at Radford University in Virginia, has played four years of professional basketball in his native Turkey. Ton is no stranger to Orange County: He was a standout point guard at Los Alamitos High School, earning the Sunset League's All-CIF and MVP honors in 1995.

Also joining UCI is Amadou "Pape" Koundoul, a native of Dakar, Senegal in Africa. Koundoul graduated from Cleveland State University and was an assistant coach at Centenary College of Louisiana last season.

Anteaters help bring home the gold

Dan Klatt coaches UCI water polo players
Dan Klatt, UCI women's water polo coach, talks poolside to the Anteaters.

Women's water polo head coach Dan Klatt, an assistant coach with the USA Women's National Team, helped guide the U.S. to the 2010 FINA Women's World Cup title in New Zealand in August.

The American squad defeated Australia 6-3 in the championship match to win the gold medal for the first time since 1979.

The U.S. men's volleyball Junior National Team — which included UCI redshirt freshman Scott Kevorken and incoming freshman Jeremy Dejno — won the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship U-21 for the first time, defeating Canada 25-14, 25-19 and 25-16 in the gold-medal match in Gatineau, Quebec.

The U.S. team finished the tournament with a 5-0 record and did not drop a set. Canada finished 4-1. Both teams qualified for the 2011 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in Brazil.