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Men's Volleyball

Winter Warmup: UC Irvine Men's Volleyball Preview

12/21/2017

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UC IRVINE ANTEATERS

Head Coach: David Kniffin (7th season)
2017 Overall Record: 20-7
2017 Conference/Conference Record: MPSF/13-5
2017 Final National Ranking: 5th
2017 Postseason Finish: MPSF Tourney Semifinals
2017 Conference Finish: 4th

National Titles: 4 (2007, 2009, 2012, 2013)
NCAA Tournament Final Four Appearances: 6 (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015)
AVCA National Player Of The Year: Jayson Jablonsky (2006)
AVCA National Newcomer Of The Year: Brent Asuka (2006)
AVCA National Coach of the Year: John Speraw (2006)
Recent AVCA All-Americans: Brent Asuka (2006); Brian Thornton (2006-07); Matt Webber (2006-07); David Smith (2007); Jayson Jablonsky (2006-07); Jon Steller (2008); Kevin Wynne (2009); Ryan Ammerman (2009); Jordan DuFault (2009-10); Cory Yoder (2011); Carson Clark (2009-12); Kevin Tillie (2012-13); Collin Mehring (2013); Scott Kevorken (2014); Zack La Cavera (2015); Tamir Hershko (2015); Michael Brinkley (2013-15); Scott Stadick (2017); Thomas Hodges (2017); Dillon Hoffman (2017); Michael Saeta (2017); Tamir Hershko (2017)

2018 AVCA Preseason Poll: 7th
2018 Big West Coaches Poll: t-3rd

PLAYERS TO WATCH

SCOTT STADICK (So., MB, 7-0)
alt• 2017 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American

• Honored as MPSF and VolleyballMag.com Freshman of the Year in 2017

• Ranked No. 5 in country with a 1.19 blocks per set average

• Ranked No. 6 in hitting percentage at .421

• Set UCI single season record for solo blocks in the rally-scoring era with 25

AARON KOUBI (Sr., OH, 6-5)
• Raltanked second on the team with 3.05 kills per set and 1.31 digs per set

• Had nine matches with double-digit kills in 2017

• Posted three double-doubles

• Notched career-high 21 kills against Pepperdine



QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH DAVID KNIFFIN

(On expectations for the 2018 season) "I expect a unified and strong voice from the Big West Coaches and Administrators. This is the first time in history that Men’s Volleyball has had a home in a sanctioned, NCAA Division I Conference. I expect the ripples to be felt across the country as every federation and team reevaluates how they communicate and identify with fans, prospects and academia in this new era of Men’s Volleyball."

(On excitement of year one in Big West men's volleyball) "I think all eyes will be on the Big West Tournament. Knowing that the tournament will be in a fixed location for the next three years (Long Beach in 2018, Hawaii in 2019 and Irvine in 2020) allows us to build an experience and following throughout the coming seasons. And with all six teams making the play-off field, everyone (every fan) has a reason to go."
 

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