Volume IV, Issue 8: May 2012


Men's volleyball wins third NCAA championship

Men's volleyball team poses on court with trophy
UCI's men's volleyball team swept USC on its home court at Galen Center.

UCI's top-seeded men's volleyball team earned its third national title in six years with a 3-0 (25-22, 34-32, 26-24) win over No. 2 seed USC in the NCAA championship match May 5 at the Galen Center. Senior All-American Carson Clark had a match-high 22 kills, hitting .465, and added eight digs and three service aces. Named the NCAA Most Outstanding Player, he also logged three aces and eight digs. Junior setter Chris Austin had a career-high 15 digs to go with 48 set assists. And senior Dan McDonnell's second ace ended the match. The Anteater men previously secured national titles in 2007 and 2009.

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Thurman throws a no-hitter against Long Beach

Andrew Thurman throws a pitch from the mound
On May 4, Andrew Thurman pitched his third straight complete game, shutting out UC Santa Barbara 2-0.

In a 4-0 win April 20 over host Long Beach State, Andrew Thurman became the fifth UCI pitcher in program history to hurl a no-hitter.

After hitting the leadoff batter, the sophomore retired 23 straight before yielding a walk with two out in the bottom of the eighth. He then retired the last four batters. Six days earlier, in a 4-1 win over Cal State Fullerton, Thurman allowed just one hit in eight innings.

The Anteaters have had no-hit wins in the opening game of their series against the Long Beach Dirtbags for two consecutive years. Matt Summers, last year's Big West Pitcher of Year, accomplished the feat May 27, 2011.

UCI students lead summer sports camps for kids

Peter the Anteater posing with kids at soccer camp
UCI mascot Peter the Anteater joins in the fun with kids at a 2011 summer soccer camp.

For nine weeks this summer, UCI Athletics will offer more than 70 different youth camps in 18 sports programs. Each camp is designed to teach children and teens new skills while increasing their confidence and appreciation for health and fitness.

Most of the camp counselors are UCI student-athletes who emphasize fun, learning and sportsmanship.

"Youth camps at UCI give hundreds of local children the chance to play soccer [or other sports] with some of the best collegiate athletes in the nation," said women's soccer head coach Scott Juniper. "Our students love to connect with young players, and there are no better role models for excellence in the classroom, on the field and in life."

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Volleyball players score All-America honors

Kevin Tillie smacks ball at the net
In his first year at UCI, Kevin Tillie — known as "Air France" to fans — has earned praise as one of the nation’s top players.

Men's volleyball players Carson Clark and Kevin Tillie were named 2012 first team All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Clark, a senior opposite, made his fourth appearance on the All-America list, earning first-team honors previously in 2010 and second-team honors in 2009 and 2011. He also became the first volleyball player in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation history to make the league's first team all four years.

Tillie, a junior outside hitter from France, became an AVCA All-American in his first season with the Anteaters. He transferred to UCI from Thompson Rivers University in Canada.

The duo led UCI to victory in the MPSF tournament title in April and this month's NCAA championship. Head coach John Speraw was named 2012 MPSF Coach of the Year.

Women's water polo rules the Big West again

Women's water polo team celebrates in the pool
Wayne Tilcock
Everybody in the pool: Team members celebrate after clinching their fourth Big West championship title.

Women's water polo earned its fourth consecutive Big West Conference championship title with a 10-5 win over host UC Davis in the April 29 final.

Junior Jessy Cardey led the way with four goals. She scored three times the previous day in an 8-3 semifinal win over Cal State Northridge. Cardey was named the tournament MVP for the second time in her career.

Katie Croghan and Hillary Estrada added two goals each in the championship victory, while freshman goalkeeper Jillian Yocum recorded five saves.

Coach Dan Klatt's Anteaters earned an automatic berth to the NCAA championship tournament (May 11-13) for the second straight year, placing fourth after a narrow loss against UCLA.