October 20, 2013 |
Theodore Brunner and Nick Lucena, seeded fourth, first upset the top-seeded team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson on Sunday and then went on to win the AVP Championship beach volleyball tournament in Huntington Beach. Brunner and Lucena, who met while training at a sports facility in Anaheim, beat third-seeded Tri Bourne and 41-year-old John Hyden, 23-21, 7-21, 15-13, in the championship match after upsetting the top-seeded team in a semifinal. The two won $20,000 to split for the championship, their first as a team on the AVP Tour.
May 2, 2013 |
Loyola of Chicago ended its first trip to the NCAA men's volleyball championships with a semifinal loss to UC Irvine at Pauley Pavilion on Friday. Second-seeded UC Irvine (24-7), the defending national champions, beat the third-seeded Ramblers (22-10) in straight sets, 26-24, 25-18, 29-27. UC Irvine will face top-seeded Brigham Young in the title match Saturday after the Cougars eliminated fourth-seeded Penn State, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22. Both BYU and UC Irvine will be appearing in the finals for the fourth time, and each has won three titles.
April 25, 2012 |
Tony Ciarelli did not set out to be the king of aces. Too one-dimensional. USC's 6-foot-6 senior outside hitter spent most of his life honing a number of volleyball skills: serves, an array of powerful spikes and well-placed shots, intimidating blocks and efficient passes. Yet when Ciarelli is behind the service line for the top-ranked Trojans, the anticipation from teammates and fans is palpable. So is the dread on opponents' faces. Midway through the first set of USC's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation quarterfinal victory over Cal State Northridge, for instance, Ciarelli boomed a salvo of four consecutive serves.
May 4, 2008 |
With Pepperdine's Paul Carroll on a scoring blitz near the end of the third game, Penn State's Matt Anderson and his teammates decided enough was enough. The Nittany Lions blocked Carroll's next two kill attempts and, with that game saved and the momentum regained, Penn State went on to beat Pepperdine and win the NCAA Division I men's volleyball championship Saturday.
May 3, 2007 |
Jonathan Winder heard the pop as soon as he hit the floor. His first thought: a torn anterior cruciate ligament -- season over. That was December. Today, fully recovered from a cracked tibia that kept him out only five weeks, Winder will lead Pepperdine into a national semifinal match against Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne in college volleyball's Final Four at Columbus, Ohio. "I wasn't sure I was going to play again this season, let alone play in the Final Four," Winder said.
April 28, 2006 |
Win or else. That's the state of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's volleyball tournament, where upsets Thursday at UC Irvine set the stage for a winner-take-all conference final. The winner goes to the NCAA Division I Final Four played at Penn State, the loser probably goes home, with the lone at-large playoff berth probably going to a semifinal loser. Conference champion UC Irvine, ranked No.