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October 6, 1999 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jamie Pilbeam remembers the lawn chairs whizzing past her, like something out of the "Wizard of Oz." It was then she knew this was not just another rain storm. The tornadoes that hit Apple Valley, Minn., that evening were the worst storms to strike the state in years. In a flash, Pilbeam and her friend bolted from their car and ran into the house. "I was dropping off a birthday card and balloon to a kid my family knew," said Pilbeam, a freshman setter for UC Irvine's volleyball team.
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December 1, 2000 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Melissa Plass can barely talk. Her mouth is drier than sand and her head is foggier than the Bay Area, but the flu-like symptoms that have invaded her body are the least of her worries. There are days when she cannot get out of bed because of severe back pain. Days when every step is a battle. Days where she has to go outside and breathe in the surroundings to remember that her efforts are worth it.
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October 14, 1998 | DIANE PUCIN
Misty May is not the tallest woman on the volleyball court, or the strongest. She's probably not the fastest. She doesn't jump the highest or hit the hardest. But May, a senior setter for the No. 1-ranked and undefeated Long Beach State women's volleyball team and a graduate of Newport Harbor High, is unquestionably the best collegiate female player in the country. She was voted that honor last season and after spending the summer with the U.S. national team, May has only gotten better.
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July 11, 2000 | Diane Pucin
The best U.S. women's beach volleyball team might not qualify for the Olympics. First in results, first in money earned, third on the Olympic qualifying list. That's where Costa Mesa's Misty May and Manhattan Beach's Holly McPeak stand. One spot removed from the Olympics. May and McPeak have done better in 2000 on the FIVB Tour, the international traveling show that serves as the Olympic qualification for all beach volleyball teams, than any other Americans.
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December 20, 1998 | TODD D. MILEWSKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They have the nation's top player and the nation's top coach. And now they have another national championship. The Long Beach State 49ers overcame a furious comeback to outlast Penn State, 15-3, 15-10, 13-15, 14-16, 15-12, in front of a record 13,194 on Saturday to claim their third NCAA women's volleyball championship.
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June 15, 1999 | SCOTT MOE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Misty May's list of accolades grew a little longer and a lot more impressive Monday night when she was named the winner of the 1998-99 Honda Broderick Cup, awarded to the nation's outstanding female collegiate athlete, at a dinner at Reno, Nev. The award, voted on by more than 900 schools and a national board of directors, caps off one of the most distinguished careers in collegiate women's volleyball.
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December 9, 1999 | SCOTT MOE
Four area teams remain in the NCAA women's volleyball tournament, and all will be in action today in the round of 16. The most important area matchup, and perhaps most intriguing of the tournament, will take place in the Central Regional at Penn State, where UCLA (27-3) faces Pepperdine (26-3) at 2 p.m. PST. The Waves and Bruins are the eighth- and ninth-seeded teams in the tournament, and are playing for a shot at the top-ranked Nittany Lions (32-1) in the regional final.
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July 11, 2000 | Diane Pucin
The best U.S. women's beach volleyball team might not qualify for the Olympics. First in results, first in money earned, third on the Olympic qualifying list. That's where Costa Mesa's Misty May and Manhattan Beach's Holly McPeak stand. One spot removed from the Olympics. May and McPeak have done better in 2000 on the FIVB Tour, the international traveling show that serves as the Olympic qualification for all beach volleyball teams, than any other Americans.
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November 22, 1996 | MIKE BRESNAHAN
The interview with the reporter has taken too long and Malaika Naulls is late for the team bus, which is pulling away from the Harvard-Westlake High campus a nanosecond after 4 p.m. As the bus accelerates, so does Naulls, from a brisk walk to a sprint. She catches up quickly. The bus stops, unfolds its doors and reveals who is sitting in the front row: Girls' volleyball coach Jess Quiroz. He is laughing. "It's all part of the give and take," he said.
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September 4, 1997 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The season may be over for Westlake High girls' volleyball standout Courtney Miller. A highly-recruited opposite hitter, Miller will have surgery next week to remove a bone fragment in her left foot. The injury can be traced to Miller's freshman year. She broke her foot during basketball season and it failed to heal properly. Her foot bothered her recently and X-rays confirmed the fragment.
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December 9, 1999 | SCOTT MOE
Four area teams remain in the NCAA women's volleyball tournament, and all will be in action today in the round of 16. The most important area matchup, and perhaps most intriguing of the tournament, will take place in the Central Regional at Penn State, where UCLA (27-3) faces Pepperdine (26-3) at 2 p.m. PST. The Waves and Bruins are the eighth- and ninth-seeded teams in the tournament, and are playing for a shot at the top-ranked Nittany Lions (32-1) in the regional final.
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November 4, 1999 | GARY KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Katie Oslovsky played for the U.S. Junior National Team last summer and helped the Americans take sixth place at the World Junior Championships in Portugal. "It was a great experience--everything from the coaching and playing other countries," said Oslovsky, a senior at Torrance Bishop Montgomery. "You really get to see what kind of talent is out there." Few girls in the nation are as talented as Oslovsky, a 6-foot-3 middle blocker who will play at USC next year.
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November 4, 1999 | GARY KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Katie Olsovsky played for the U.S. junior national team last summer and helped the Americans take sixth place at the World Junior Championships in Portugal. "It was a great experience--everything from the coaching [to] playing other countries," said Olsovsky, a senior at Torrance Bishop Montgomery. "You really get to see what kind of talent is out there." Few at her level in the nation are as talented as Olsovsky, a 6-foot-3 middle blocker who will play at USC next year.
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November 2, 1999 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looking more like a grocery-store display than girls' volleyball players, Kelly Gaudino and Julie Taylor were dressed for the occasion. Aluminum foil? Check. Plastic-wrap? Check. The occasion was Halloween, and Gaudino and Taylor were wrapped in kitchen products, making an appearance at a school dance. Though not scoring points with the fashion police, the friends deserved a day of daffy dressing.
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October 22, 1999 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The volleyball match is not going Pierce College's way, which is nothing unusual, so it's time for Tanya Sweet to start playing mental games. She reaches into her bag of sports psychology and calls for. . . her mommy. If opponents haven't fallen down laughing, they're soon getting felled by Sweet's mother, and teammate, Marla Rossi.
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October 6, 1999 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jamie Pilbeam remembers the lawn chairs whizzing past her, like something out of the "Wizard of Oz." It was then she knew this was not just another rain storm. The tornadoes that hit Apple Valley, Minn., that evening were the worst storms to strike the state in years. In a flash, Pilbeam and her friend bolted from their car and ran into the house. "I was dropping off a birthday card and balloon to a kid my family knew," said Pilbeam, a freshman setter for UC Irvine's volleyball team.
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December 7, 1998 | From Staff Reports
For the second consecutive year, UC Santa Barbara defeated UCLA in the second round of the NCAA women's volleyball tournament. The Gauchos, seeded third in the Pacific regional, defeated the Bruins, 15-8, 8-15, 15-13, 15-11, Sunday at Santa Barbara. Junior outside hitter Roberta Gehlke had 19 kills, 20 digs and a career-high four solo blocks for UC Santa Barbara (28-5). Kristee Porter had 24 kills for UCLA (16-12).
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December 4, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Top-ranked Long Beach State needed only 49 minutes Thursday night to defeat Southern, 15-0, 15-0, 15-0, at Long Beach in the opening round of the NCAA women's volleyball tournament. It was the first time in NCAA tournament history that a team did not surrender a point. The 49ers (31-0) will play Arizona (22-6) in a second-round match tonight at 7:30 at the Pyramid. Arizona defeated Fresno State, 16-14, 15-9, 15-11. Long Beach's .
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September 8, 1999 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Better avoid that 'Q' word at La Reina High. The concern over quartermasters or quarterback sneaks is minimal at the small all-girls school in Thousand Oaks. But quarterfinals have caused a storm of problems in recent years. Typically, the Regents have rolled through league play and won a match or two in the girls' volleyball playoffs, only to lose in the quarterfinals. Case in point: Last year, they went 18-0 during the regular season and won their first-round playoff match.
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September 7, 1999 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a no-brainer for Fullerton's Lauren Duggins. The 5-foot-11 senior committed to play women's volleyball for Hawaii, sight unseen. Well, sort of. "I've never actually been on campus," said Duggins, who will take her official visit to the campus near Honolulu later this month. Duggins, however, still knows all about the islands. Her mother, Deb, grew up in nearby Kaneohe. And to get a chance to spend four years in that tropical paradise, get an education and play volleyball?
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