Volume IV, Issue 7: April 2012


Former UCI golfer gets 'Big Break'

 SelaneƩ Henderson swings club
SelaneƩ Henderson had one win and one runner-up finish on the 2011 Cactus Tour.

Selaneé Henderson '08 is one of 12 women who will compete on the Golf Channel's "Big Break" reality television series, which returns for its 17th season at 6 p.m. Monday, May 14.

The winner of "Big Break Atlantis," shot on location at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, will receive an exemption into a 2012 LPGA Tour event and cash, in addition to other prizes.

Henderson, the younger sister of former Olympic wrestler and mixed-martial arts fighter Dan Henderson, was a four-time All-Big West first team member while competing for the Anteaters. She earned a Golfweek All-American honorable mention in 2007.

UCI hurdlers garner Big West awards

Jacob Yowell runs on the track
Jacob Yowell

Seniors Jacob Yowell and Amber Middleton earned multiple Big West Track Athlete of the Week honors in March.

Yowell won the award three times after his performances in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles, in addition to relays. He set two meet records in winning both hurdles races at UCI's Spring Break Invitational on March 24. At month's end, he ranked second all-time at UCI in the 110 hurdles and fourth on the 400 hurdles career list.

Also last month, Middleton captured the conference's weekly award twice, and she won the 100-meter hurdles at the All-UC Meet in a meet-record time. Entering April, she ranked second all-time at UCI in the 100 hurdles and third in the 400 hurdles.

Basketball players net conference honors

Kassandra McCalister on the court
Senior guard Kassandra McCalister

Men's and women's basketball players recently earned Big West postseason accolades.

On the men's team, sophomore Chris McNealy was named to the All-Big West Tournament team after averaging 17.5 points in UCI's two tournament games. He scored a career-high 24 points in the 65-59 win over Cal State Fullerton in the quarterfinals last month.

Junior Michael Wilder was named to the All-Big West second team after averaging a team-leading 11.5 points per game and making 78 three-pointers during the season. Junior Daman Starring was selected to the All-Big West honorable mention squad after averaging 11.4 points per game, while junior Adam Folker received the Big West Hustle award. He shot 56.9 percent from the field in conference play to lead the league.

On the women's team, Kassandra McCalister was selected to the All-Big West first team. She averaged 15.9 points per game in league play to rank second in the conference.

Sophomore forward Jacquelyn Marshall got an All-Big West honorable mention and forward Methlyn Onogomuho became the ninth Anteater to be named to the All-Freshman Team.

National team coach joins women's volleyball staff

Jamie Morrison mugshot
Jamie Morrison

Jamie Morrison has been named assistant coach of the UCI women's volleyball team.

Since 2009, he has been an assistant coach and technical coordinator for the U.S. women's national volleyball team, led by UCI head coach Paula Weishoff. Responsible for the setters, scouting and on-court coaching about on blocking systems, Morrison has helped guide the Americans to back-to-back World Grand Prix championships, a NORCECA Women's Continental Championship, a silver medal in the 2011 World Cup and a No. 1 world ranking. He will finish his stint with Team USA after the Summer Olympics in London.

Morrison served as Weishoff's assistant at Irvine's Concordia University in 2007 and '08, helping the Eagles reach the NAIA national tournament twice and gain a berth in the championship match.