While UC Irvine sports teams were busy taking their finals this week, the rest of Southern California turned their attention to a couple other pieces of breaking news that may have slightly overshadowed the Anteaters.
Seeing what makes professional sports “a business” manifest over the last week has made me even more appreciative of the relative simplicity of college sports. No iconic legends spurning their city for an extra $40 million dollars, no bickering owners complaining and meddling in trades, no angry and bitter fans pouting on social media for days on end. Well, maybe a few angry fans. But all in all, life as an Anteater fan does a good job of not being a convoluted affair. Moving on to some quick hits…
- Men’s basketball takes on NAIA Vanguard today, coached by former UCI assistant Rhett Soliday. I have decided against making pregame posts solely devoted to non D-I match-ups. UCI should win handily, but next week’s road-trip will be a return to the big boys.
- Men’s volleyball was picked second in the MPSF Preseason Coaches Poll, earning four first-place votes. BYU landed the No. 1 spot with six first-place votes. Since this may be Coach John Speraw’s last season with the team, let’s hope it will be another championship squad. Carson Clark is back for his senior season, and there are high hopes for Jeremy Dejno and a group of highly-touted newcomers as well.
- Miguel Ibarra was named the first UC Irvine first team All-American in school history, while on the women’s side, CoCo Goodson was named a second team All-American, becoming the first UCI women’s soccer player to earn back-to-back All-American status. Ibarra and Goodson are also the first Anteater duo to represent UCI on both the women’s and men’s All-American list in the same season. The accolades just keep piling up for Coach Kuntz and Coach Juniper… impressive.