Men's volleyball has been chosen to win the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title in the preseason coaches' poll.
UCI and USC share the poll's top spot; both teams garnered 100 points and three first-place votes.
Led by head coach John Speraw, the Anteaters were national champions in 2007 and 2009, and they finished eighth in the MPSF last year. One reason for the coaches' pick: the return this season of All-Americans Carson Clark, Jordan DuFault and Kevin Wynne, as well as middle blocker Austin D'Amore.
Women's volleyball coach Paula Weishoff has been named assistant coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. She starts May 1 and will remain in the role through the 2012 Olympic Games.
Weishoff, who recently completed her second season at UCI, will continue to serve as the Anteaters' head coach while holding her national team position.
A 1998 Volleyball Hall of Fame inductee, she was selected for USA Volleyball's 1978-2002 All-Era Team. She's regarded as one of the greatest female athletes in the sport's history and one of her generation's most dominant middle blockers and servers.
Weishoff is the only two-time U.S. Olympic medalist in women's indoor volleyball, winning the silver medal in 1984 and the bronze in 1992. She also played on the 1996 U.S. team in Atlanta.
"We're excited that Paula has this opportunity," UCI athletic director Mike Izzi said. "We have several head coaches working with U.S. national teams, and the knowledge they gain makes them better coaches and benefits our program."
Now in his fourth season at UCI, Juniper also was named the 2010 Big West Conference Coach of the Year — a first in UCI women's soccer's 27-year history — after leading the Anteaters to their first NCAA tournament appearance. UCI earned national attention by defeating Arizona State and Wake Forest to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16, where the team fell to Washington in double overtime.
The Anteaters were 19-3-2 this season, setting a school record for victories. They became the first team in Big West history to go undefeated and untied in league play, with an 8-0-0 mark in capturing the program's first regular-season conference title.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has named UCI junior CoCo Goodson to the 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru NCAA Division I All-America first team.
Senior Tanya Taylor was chosen for the third team; she and Goodson are the first All-Americans in the UCI women's soccer program's history.
Goodson was voted Big West Conference Defender of the Year this season. She ranked second in the conference and in the league with nine goals, five of them for game wins.
Taylor, the Big West Offensive Player of the Year, led the Anteaters and the conference with 34 points, 11 goals and 12 assists, which set a new UCI single-season record. She was one of nine NCAA Division I players to record double-digit goals and assists.