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Ten current college men’s volleyball players will have a chance to represent the United States at an international tournament later this month.
USA Volleyball last week revealed its 19-player preliminary roster for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
UC Irvine led all schools with three current players — outside attacker Carson Clark, outside attacker Jeremy Dejno and middle attacker Scott Kevorken — selected to the initial roster.
The founder of BYU men’s volleyball will be enshrined alongside the other great Cougar players and coaches.
Former BYU head coach Carl McGown was recently selected to be inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame.
McGown in his 14 seasons as the head coach built the BYU program from a club team to an annual nationally ranked team before retiring in 2002. The coach also guided to the team to NCAA championships in 1999 and 2001 and was named the AVCA National Coach of the Year twice.
A season opening trip to Puerto Rico and playing Long Beach State in a non-conference tournament highlights the IPFW 2012 regular season schedule that the team released earlier this week.
IPFW finished last season in fifth place in the MIVA and lost in the conference tournament quarterfinals. The Mastodons have five starters returning for the upcoming season, including All-MIVA outside attacker Eddie Rivera.
Check out the five things to take away from IPFW’s schedule for the 2012 season.
The Anteaters playing mostly backups for the majority of their final match were unable to avoid a last-place finish at their preseason tournament.
UC Irvine lost to Beijing BAIC Motor 25-27, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 in the seventh-place championship match Saturday to finish the Irvine International Volleyball Tournament in eighth place.
Outside attacker Jeremy Dejno was the lone Anteater who had significant playing time last season to play most of the match against Beijing.
The Anteater alumni got the better of this year’s UC Irvine team.
Quiksilver, a club team that included three former UC Irvine players, swept UC Irvine 25-23, 25-23, 25-22 in the fifth-place semifinals match Friday at the Irvine International Volleyball Tournament.
Former Anteater All-American Jon Steller and Paul Spittle, a member of the UC Irvine 2006 Final Four team, both had late-game kills to help defeat their alma mater.
For the third consecutive season, UC Irvine will not have a medal finish at its preseason international tournament.
UC Irvine finished Pool B in third place and will play Quicksilver on Friday in the consolation bracket of the Irvine International Volleyball Tournament.
The Anteaters won their pool-play opener against Beijing BAIC Motor, a professional team from China, on Monday. However, UC Irvine in its final two pool-play matches blew a two-game lead against Toray Arrows from Japan and lost to Drean Bolivar from Argentina to drop out of medal consideration.