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March 30, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Stanford volleyball player Samantha Wopat died Sunday. She was 19. Wopat was admitted to Stanford Hospital's intensive care unit on March 17 after having an undisclosed medical emergency at her residence. She died eight days later, surrounded by family and friends. The cause of her death has not been released. "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sam Wopat," Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby said. "On behalf of our administration, coaches and students I extend my condolences to Sam's siblings, parents, relatives and friends.
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SPORTS
November 28, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The former UCLA football player glistened with tough, his blade prosthetic a shiny blur as he sprinted into the Rose Bowl. This popular offensive lineman who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident 16 months ago brought the blue-clad crowd to its feet Saturday night as he led UCLA out of the locker room for the second half against Arizona State, thousands cheering the epitome of a gutty little Bruin. If only they had seen what happened next. If only they had seen their powerful Bruins symbol jog off into the deep embrace of the popular volleyball player who has been quietly carrying him through this nightmare.
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SPORTS
April 19, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC senior Tony Ciarelli, who has helped lead the USC men's volleyball team to a No. 1 ranking, was selected Mountain Pacific Sports Federation player of the year. Ciarelli, a 6-foot 6-inch outside hitter from Huntington Beach, leads the nation in aces at 0.60 a game. He is fourth in kills (.403). Ciarelli is the second consecutive Trojan to win the conference player of the year award. Murphy Troy won in 2011. USC is the first school to produce consecutive winners since Pepperdine's George Roumain won in 1998 and 1999.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
From the annals of no good deed goes unpunished comes the latest tribulation of a teenage volleyball player who was punished by her Massachusetts school for coming to the aid of a drunk friend who needed a ride home from a party.  Erin Cox, was suspended for five games and stripped of her captaincy of the volleyball team at North Andover High School for the incident two weeks ago. She received a call from a drunk friend at a party. When she arrived police were already there making arrests and handing out summonses to everyone at the party for underage drinking.  Cox was given a summons even though she hadn't been drinking and at least one officer had vouched for her sobriety.
SPORTS
January 7, 1999 | CHRIS FOSTER
Erika Denison, a volleyball player from the University of Houston, will transfer to UC Irvine. Denison, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker, graduated from Westlake Village Westlake High School in 1998. She was a second-team All-Southern Section Division II pick as a senior. Denison will enroll this fall and be eligible immediately. * Megan Nugent, a 5-foot-11 freshman forward, has left the UCI women's basketball team. Nugent returned to her parents' home in Boulder, Colo.
SPORTS
September 19, 2001 | Mike Bresnahan
Lindsey Vernand, a girls' volleyball player at Huntington Beach High, has committed to George Washington. Vernand is a 6-foot outside hitter for the Oilers.
SPORTS
August 5, 1992 | Associated Press
A Chinese volleyball player has been disqualified from the Olympics after becoming the first athlete who competed at Barcelona to test positive for drugs, a spokeswoman said today. Wu Dan, a striker on China's women's team, tested positive for strychnine, a stimulant, said Michele Verdier of the International Olympic Committee. Wu said the strychnine must have been contained in herbal medicine she had taken as a tonic.
NEWS
September 22, 1998 | PAUL McLEOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barely two weeks into the girls' volleyball season and injuries are taking a toll among county standouts. Foremost is outside hitter Lauren Warner of third-ranked Mater Dei. She had back surgery Saturday to repair a herniated disc and is out for the season. Senior outside hitter Katie Beauregard, a teammate, said it won't be easy to replace Warner. "She was such a leader, both on and off the court," Beauregard said.
SPORTS
April 18, 1992 | THERESA MUNOZ
Cal State Northridge won a recruiting battle against Pepperdine, Stanford, USC, UC Santa Barbara and Brigham Young on Friday when Cameron Green, a volleyball player from Mira Costa High, signed a letter of intent. "I looked at the way they play, with fire and intensity," Green said of the Matadors. "That's the way I play." Green, 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, was a second-team Junior Olympic All-American. He plays outside hitter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes, Los Angeles Times
Gene Selznick, a beach volleyball player who pioneered the sport in Southern California and twice coached U.S. teams in the Olympics, died Sunday at Kindred Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 82. His family said he had multiple health issues, including pneumonia. Selznick had been involved in volleyball - playing indoors and on the beach - from his teens until he was 81, when his health failed him to the point where he could no longer coach club teams. "It is hard to imagine anyone who will by the level of their skill and personality have a greater influence on the sport he loved so much," USA Volleyball Chief Executive Doug Beal said in a statement . "Gene's accomplishments are legendary, and he was truly someone who became larger than life.
SPORTS
July 10, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Standout junior volleyball player Zana Muno of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame has picked up where she left off last summer _ dominating again in beach volleyball. She has won tournaments in Long Beach and Manhattan Beach. Last summer, she won the AAU's three major national beach tournaments with three different partners. Muno figures to be one of the top college recruits from the class of 2015. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
September 11, 2012 | Staff and wire services
Karch Kiraly , one of the most decorated volleyball players of all time, has been chosen as head coach of the U.S. women's national volleyball team in preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Kiraly, the only athlete to win Olympic gold medals in both indoor and beach volleyball, takes over for Hugh McCutcheon , who led the women's team to a silver-medal finish at the London Olympics. McCutcheon, who also coached the men's national team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, has taken over as head women's coach at Minnesota.
IMAGE
June 24, 2012 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Looking beautiful isn't the goal, but it's often a natural byproduct of the discipline, tenacity and good health required to be an Olympic champion. The beauty and fashion industries have taken note, sponsoring athletes, naming them brand ambassadors and featuring them on magazine covers, as Vogue did this month with a picture of tennis star Sabrina Williams and soccer goalie Hope Solo arm in arm with swimmer Ryan Lochte, all dressed in swimsuits and running on a sandy beach. Now that it is officially summer, we turned to some California Olympians for their thoughts on how to beat the heat and humidity that are intrinsic to their sports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes, Los Angeles Times
Gene Selznick, a beach volleyball player who pioneered the sport in Southern California and twice coached U.S. teams in the Olympics, died Sunday at Kindred Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 82. His family said he had multiple health issues, including pneumonia. Selznick had been involved in volleyball - playing indoors and on the beach - from his teens until he was 81, when his health failed him to the point where he could no longer coach club teams. "It is hard to imagine anyone who will by the level of their skill and personality have a greater influence on the sport he loved so much," USA Volleyball Chief Executive Doug Beal said in a statement . "Gene's accomplishments are legendary, and he was truly someone who became larger than life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2012
Audrey Young, 89, who was a singer-actress in the 1940s and donated $5 million to the UCLA Hammer Museum in Westwood to create the Billy Wilder Theater in memory of her late husband, died June 1 in Los Angeles. A cause was not given. Her death was announced by the UCLA Film & Television Archives, which calls the theater home. The Billy Wilder Theater was "the right place, the proper place" for a permanent tribute to her husband because of his longtime love of film and art, Young told The Times in 2003.
SPORTS
May 3, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC outside hitter Tony Ciarelli, who will lead the Trojans in the NCAA men's volleyball Final Four, was announced as the national player of the year by the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. Ciarelli, a 6-foot-6 senior from Huntington Beach, became the second consecutive USC player to win the award. Former Trojan Murphy Troy won in 2011. Ciarelli is the sixth USC player to be selected player of the year, joining Adam Johnson, who won in 1986, Tom Duke (1988), Bryan Ivie (1990 and 1991)
SPORTS
November 29, 1989
Daiva Tomkus, a UCLA senior from Chaminade High, was selected women's volleyball player of the year in the Pacific 10 Conference for the second consecutive season in a vote of coaches. Tomkus is a three-time all-conference choice at middle blocker. She has led top-ranked UCLA to a 27-2 overall record, 18-0 in the Pac-10, by averaging 3.54 kills and 1.48 blocks a game with a hitting percentage of .384.
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