Volume III, Issue 8: May 2011


Women's water polo nets three straight titles

Women's water polo team celebrate in pool
UCI women's water polo team

Women's water polo garnered the program's third consecutive Big West Conference championship title with an 11-5 win over Long Beach State in the final May 1 at Santa Barbara.

Tournament MVP Cortney Collyer led UCI with four goals, while Katie Croghan, Danielle Warde and Caitlin Haskell added two each. Lauren Davis recorded 13 saves in goal.

UCI, which went 5-0 in the Big West during the regular season, earned a bye into the conference semifinals, where the Anteaters defeated UC Davis, 15-9.

This is the first year the Big West tournament champion received an automatic berth in the NCAA championship. Coach Dan Klatt's Anteaters competed May 13-15 in the national tournament at Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men's tennis wins back-to-back championships

Tennis players pose with trophy
Robert Burge
UCI men's tennis players (from left) Ryan Mayer, Chris Kearney, Stephen Stege and Shan Sondhu

Coach Trevor Kronemann's men's tennis team captured its second straight Big West Conference championship title May 1 at the league tournament in Indian Wells.

UCI, led by Big West Player of the Year Chris Kearney, defeated UC Santa Barbara, 4-1, in the semifinals and topped Pacific, 4-0, in the championship match.

It's the program's 14th Big West tournament title. UCI advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year and third time since 2005.

Kronemann was named Big West Coach of the Year, and junior Sam Gould joined Kearney on the All-Big West first team in singles. Kearney and senior Stephen Stege were named to the all-conference first team in doubles.

Volleyball's Yoder, Clark earn All-America honors

Cory Yoder at the net
Cory Yoder

Men's volleyball players Cory Yoder and Carson Clark earned 2011 All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Yoder, a senior outside hitter, was named to the All-America first team after ranking fourth in the nation in hitting percentage. Clark, a junior opposite, was selected to the second team. He ranked fourth in the nation in kills and seventh in service aces.

Coach John Speraw's Anteaters finished the season 19-12 overall, winning seven of their last eight matches. UCI was ranked as high as No. 2 in the U.S.

Big West honors women's tennis players

Byron smacks tennis ball
Courtney Byron

Four women's tennis players earned All-Big West Conference recognition for the 2011 season.

Junior Courtney Byron was named to the all-conference first team for the second straight year after going 19-14 at No. 1 singles.

Sophomore Kristina Smith was named to the All-Big West second team after building a 24-8 record at primarily No. 3 singles. Byron and Smith were selected to the honorable mention squad in doubles.

Senior Becka Kwan was honorable mention in singles and joined junior Hannah Holladay on the second team in doubles.

Coach Mike Edles' Anteaters, who were seeded sixth, advanced to the Big West championship final this season, where they fell to No. 1 seed Long Beach State.