Men's club volleyball finishes 2-5 at UCSB Invitational

By Staff Reports
Arizona Daily Wildcat
January 22, 1996

The Arizona's men's club volleyball team took on some of the nation's top club and NCAA Division I squads over the weekend, and ended up with a mixed bag of results.

The Wildcats went 2-5 at the UC-Santa Barbara Invitational, held over the weekend in Santa Barbara, Calif. Friday, the Wildcats beat Chico State and Cal State-San Bernadino and lost to Brigham Young, UCLA and California. Saturday, Arizona lost to Westmont College and Colorado.

Twenty-four of the country's top teams - including defending NCAA champions UCLA and powers Pepperdine and Penn State - competed in the tournament.

And on Friday, despite going 2-3, the Wildcats looked like one of the field's strongest teams. Arizona (15-8) pushed BYU to three games and forced UCLA to play its top athletes before defeating Division I teams Chico State and CS-San Bernadino.

Arizona ended the day tied for second in the consolation bracket and were looking toward returning to Tucson with some trophies from one of the nation's most prestigious collegiate tournaments.

Against BYU, the Wildcats used strong team defense to steal a game from the Bruins and nearly took the third game, too.

And UA coach Keith Martin said even though the Wildcats lost later to the Bruins, it was a confidence builder because UCLA was forced to adjust its linuep and play its starters.

"The UCLA match was amazing," Martin said. "That was our loosest, most relaxed effort. Our claim to fame was, I guess, having them have to adjust their lineup, call timeout and bring in other players. So it was pretty fun."

Martin said blocking and intensity were the keys to the Wildcats' victory over Chico State. The team totaled 22 blocks to stifle Chico State's hitters.

Assistant coach Skip Greenberg said forcing UCLA to adjust gave Arizona confidence heading into the matches with Chico State and CS-San Bernadino.

Arizona's reserves got the job done against CS-San Bernadino. Martin said his bench players were hungry to play and that they responded well to the call.

"We just had too many soldiers for them," he said. "We had too many bodies. And the guys who've been sitting were ready to play."

But on Saturday, the wheels fell off the Wildcat machine as club teams Westmont and Colorado handed Arizona two more losses and knocked it out of medal contention.

"We came out of the gate very strong but were unable to maintain it when our opponents came out and starting matching us," he said. "We really lost the matches with unforced errors and inconsistent play."

- Ron Parsons

Gymnastics wins in California meet

The No. 7 UA gymnastics team managed to hold off 20th-ranked host California with a 191.875-190.875 victory. Also competing in the meet were Cal State-Sacramento (185.725) and San Jose State (183.600). The Wildcats (4-0) finished first place in the uneven bars (48.900) and floor exercise (47.550) and second in the vault (48.100) and beam (47.325).

The meet's leading all-around performer was again freshman Heidi Hornbeek, whose 39.050 score ranks sixth in Arizona history. Hornbeek finished first in the vault (9.825) and floor (9.850), while finishing second in the beam (9.800). Following close behin d was junior Tenli Poggemeyer, who finished second overall with a 38.700.

Arizona swept the top three spots in the bars, with freshmen Maureen Kealey (9.85) and Kristin McDermott (9.825), along with senior Shane Allbritton (9.775) pacing the field. Other top finishers were senior Jessica Marshall (9.775 in vault) and Nancy Milb erger (9.775 in beam).

- Arlie Rahn

Maes advances to championship round

Arizona's Vicky Maes advanced to the Flight No. 1 singles championship at the Pacific 10 Conference Indoor Championships held yesterday in Seattle.

Maes, the sixth-ranked singles player in the nation, defeated Washington State's Marcia Senn and Arizona State's Reka Cseresnyes in straight sets to advance to the championships against UCLA's Keri Phebus, the nation's No. 3 singles player and the defendi ng NCAA singles champion.

UA's Karen Goldstein advanced to the Flight No. 3 singles final by beating Stanford's Amy Chimello and UCLA's Brandi Fruedenburg in straight sets. Goldstein will face Julie Scott of Stanford in the championship.

- Craig Degel

Men's rugby loses to top-ranked Stanford

There is not much that can be done to stop pure speed.

The UA men's club rugby team (5-1) lost to top-ranked Stanford (2-0) 48-10 Saturday afternoon at Estevan Park.

For most of the first half Arizona kept up with Stanford and only trailed 19-10 at halftime, but Stanford came out in the second half and with plain speed ran away with the game. Arizona was shut out 29-0 in the second half.

Stanford exploited Arizona's speed deficiency by getting the ball outside. The Wildcats could not make the adjustment.

Sophomore wing Eduardo Montero was the only Arizona player to score a try. Senior Kicker George Hadjipavlou's penalty kick and conversion totalling 5 points completed Arizona's scoring.

Jerry Hopkins of Stanford scored a game-high three tries for 15 points.

- Joseph M. Molina