UC Irvine Anteaters men's volleyball

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UC Irvine Anteaters
UC Irvine Anteaters logo.svg
UniversityUniversity of California, Irvine
Head coachDavid Kniffin (5th season)
ConferenceBig West
LocationIrvine, CA
Home arenaBren Events Center (Capacity: 4,984)
NicknameAnteaters
ColorsBlue and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament champion
2007, 2009, 2012, 2013
NCAA Tournament semifinal
2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015
NCAA Tournament appearance
2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018
Conference tournament champion
2007, 2012, 2015
Conference regular season champion
2006, 2009, 2015

The UC Irvine Anteaters men's volleyball team is the men's intercollegiate volleyball team at the University of California, Irvine. UC Irvine was a founding member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the 1992-93 season. Beginning with the 2017-18 season, UCI moved to the Big West Conference's inaugural men's volleyball league.[2][3] Irvine has won the NCAA Men's National Collegiate Volleyball Championship four times, and appeared in the tournament an additional three.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

2016 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation volleyball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 BYU  ‍‍‍y 19 3   .864     27 4   .871
#3 UCLA  ‍‍‍y 17 5   .773     25 7   .781
#4 Long Beach State  ‍‍‍y 17 5   .773     25 8   .758
#6 Stanford  ‍‍‍ 17 5   .773     19 6   .760
#5 UCSB  ‍‍‍ 14 8   .636     20 10   .667
#7 Pepperdine  ‍‍‍ 12 10   .545     13 11   .542
#8 Hawaiʻi  ‍‍‍ 11 11   .500     16 12   .571
UC Irvine  ‍‍‍ 7 15   .318     10 20   .333
#14 CSUN  ‍‍‍ 7 15   .318     14 15   .483
Cal Baptist  ‍‍‍ 6 16   .273     14 16   .467
USC  ‍‍‍ 5 17   .227     7 19   .269
UC San Diego  ‍‍‍ 0 22   .000     5 23   .179
† – Conference champion

Roster[edit]

2015-16[21]
No. Name Class Position
1 Andrew Benz Junior Middle Blocker
2 Dante Chakravorti Freshman Setter
3 Tamir Hershko Junior Opposite
4 Jason Agopian Senior Middle Blocker
5 Michael Saeta Junior Opposite
6 Tucker Pikula Sophomore Outside Hitter
7 Aaron Koubi Sophomore Outside Hitter
8 Logan Zotovich Freshman Setter
9 Phillip Friedman Junior Outside Hitter
10 Reid Dominguez Sophomore Outside Hitter
11 David Parker Sophomore Outside Hitter
12 Dillon Hoffman Junior Libero
13 Marty Ross Senior Middle Blocker
14 Ben Sebastian Sophomore Middle Blocker
15 Kyle Russell Senior Outside Hitter
16 Karl Apfelbach Freshman Opposite
20 Thomas Hodges Junior Outside Hitter
R Matthew August Freshman Opposite
R Grant Friedman Freshman Outside Hitter
R Matthew Younggren Freshman Middle Blocker
C David Kniffin n/a Head Coach
C Mark Presho n/a Assistant Coach

R – redshirt

Notable alumni[edit]

The following alumni are distinguished for their contribution to the school's men's volleyball program and for having a successful playing career individually.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UCI Art Sheet (PDF). University of California, Irvine. May 1, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "VOLLEYBALL: CBU's men's conference cut in half". Press Enterprise. 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  3. ^ "Big West conference to add men's volleyball starting in 2018". Off the Block. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  4. ^ "Miller: Minus football, UC Irvine's athletic program getting lots of bang for buck". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  5. ^ "UC Irvine volleyball coach David Kniffin building on a legacy". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  6. ^ "UCI volleyball champs take their victory lap". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  7. ^ "UCI men's volleyball team back on track". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  8. ^ "UCI celebrates NCAA volleyball title the right way". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  9. ^ "UCI men's volleyball begins quest for second national title". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  10. ^ "UCI repeats as men's NCAA volleyball champs". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  11. ^ "Men's Volleyball: UCI earns No. 2 seed". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  12. ^ "UCI, USC vie for NCAA volleyball title". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  13. ^ "UCI to meet BYU for men's volleyball championship". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  14. ^ "UCI celebrates NCAA volleyball title at home". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  15. ^ "Loyola of Chicago sweeps away UC Irvine in NCAA men's volleyball semifinals". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  16. ^ "UC Irvine men's volleyball team beats Pepperdine to win MPSF Tournament, earn automatic NCAA bid". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  17. ^ "UC Irvine men's volleyball team outlasts USC to advance to MPSF final". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  18. ^ "Faulkner: 'Eaters assume throne". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  19. ^ "Zack La Cavera is the go-to guy for UCI volleyball going into NCAA semifinal against Loyola". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  20. ^ "Men's Volleyball: Loyola halts UCI title run". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  21. ^ "UC Irvine Athletics". Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  22. ^ "USA Volleyball-Athletes". Retrieved 2016-05-04.

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