Volume IV, Issue 1: September 2011


Charles Jock finishes fifth in first-round heat at Worlds

Charles Jock
Charles Jock

Senior track & field star Charles Jock finished fifth in his first-round heat of the 800 meters Aug. 26 at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

With a time of 1:47.95, he did not advance to the semifinals. David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya, the world-record holder, won Jock's heat in 1:46.29.

Jock, a two-time Big West Conference Athlete of the Year, earned a berth on the U.S. team for the world championships after finishing third in the 800 meters at the USA Track & Field Championships in June with a school-record time of 1:44.67.

Volleyball coach Paula Weishoff helps US win gold

Paula Weishoff and Sara Shaw on sidelines
Fédération Internationale de Volleyball
Paula Weishoff and U.S. volleyball player Sara Shaw

With UCI women's volleyball coach Paula Weishoff serving as assistant coach, the U.S. Women's National Team successfully defended its Fédération Internationale de Volleyball World Grand Prix title in August.

The American squad defeated top-ranked Brazil 26-24, 25-20, 25-21 in the gold-medal match at the Macau East Asian Games Dome in Macau, China, capturing its fourth FIVB world title. Weishoff will remain as the U.S. team's assistant coach through the 2012 Olympic Games while continuing as UCI head coach.

UCI will host Long Beach State on Tuesday, Oct. 4; Cal Poly on Friday, Oct. 7; and UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Oct. 8. All of the Big West Conference matches take place at 7 p.m. at the Bren Events Center.

From Anteaters to Marlins, Petersen shines

Bryan Petersen
Bryan Petersen during his UCI baseball days

Bryan Petersen, a hero of UCI baseball during the 2007 College World Series in Omaha, Neb., saw extensive action with the Florida Marlins this summer.

As of Sept. 1, the outfielder had played in 49 games and batted .269 for the Marlins, the most Major League action in a season by a former UCI player since Brady Anderson logged 131 games with the Baltimore Orioles in 2001.

On July 20, Petersen was summoned to pitch in the ninth inning for the Marlins, who were trailing 14-3 to the San Diego Padres, coming through with a scoreless frame — and 90-mph fastballs. He pitched in 15 games during his Anteater career.

At the College World Series, Petersen contributed to the Anteaters' 5-4 victory over Cal State Fullerton by driving in the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning. The game was the longest in series history, lasting five hours and 40 minutes.

CoCo Goodson nominated for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

CoCo Goodson
CoCo Goodson

UCI women’s soccer player CoCo Goodson has been nominated for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

From the list of 30 candidates in women's soccer, a national media committee will select 10 finalists in early October. They'll be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and the media to determine the winner, who will be announced in early December at the NCAA Division I Women's College Cup.

Goodson, the 2010 Big West Conference Defender of the Year, was named to the NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-America first team last season, when she helped propel the Anteaters to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Andrew Fontein also in the running for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Andrew Fontein
Andrew Fontein

UCI senior goalkeeper Andrew Fontein can add Lowe's Senior CLASS Award nominee to his resume in men's soccer.

According to his Lowe's Player Card, "Fontein is a person who leads by example and has the admiration of his peers due to his work ethic, on-field performances and giving attitude. Through his dedication both on and off the field, he continues to raise the bar for future players at UC Irvine."

Last year, Fontein set UCI single-season records in shutouts (11), goals-against average (0.59) and goalkeeper wins (14). Ranked ninth in the nation in GAA and 23rd in save percentage (.826), he ended the season as the Big West champ in GAA, shutouts and shutouts per game (0.55).