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Men's volleyball team wins national title

By Joshua McClain
Arizona Daily Wildcat
May 12, 1999
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1999 record: 33-4 overall, 31-0 vs. club teams

The UA men's club volleyball team cruised to an undefeated season and the national championship April 10 in College Park, Md.

The Wildcats overcame defending national champion Graceland (Iowa) College in the final game by winning in straight sets 15-11, 15-13.

Junior blocker Vince Rooney was named the tournament's most valuable player, and graduate students Brian Bowers and Steve Walker were named to the all-tournament team. Along the way, Arizona was able to exorcise old tournament demons by defeating Florida, which beat them last season.

The championship is the first for the Arizona volleyball team, and with everyone returning the Wildcats can only hope for the same next season.

Assistant coach Skip Greenberg said the team had an amazing year.

"Whatever adversity came their way this year, they rose to the occasion," he said. - Joshua McClain

Joshua McClain can be reached at Joshua

Club Sports Recap

Men's Lacrosse (Laxcats)

1999 record: 11-8, third place in the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League
Playoff finish: No. 9 in the country at the USILA Championships
Player notes: senior attackman Dan Price, senior midfielder Dan McCarthy and sophomore defenseman Jeff Cady were named to the All-USILA team.
Team notes: the Laxcats won three of four games at the USILA tournament. They will return all but four players from this year's team in 2000.

Women's Lacrosse

1999 record: 4-6, fifth place in the Western Women's Lacrosse League's Southern Division
Playoff finish: no postseason appearance
Team notes: this was Arizona's first season without a playoff appearance since 1994. They had made four straight WWLL final fours, including a third place finish in 1998.


1999 record: 11-3, first place in the SoCal Conference
Playoff finish: lost to BYU 16-11 in overtime in the opener of the regional playoffs
Player notes: junior fullback Chris Kron, senior flyhalf Al Lakomskis, senior center Jon Shumway and senior fullback Zach Harrison led 11 Wildcats onto the all-conference team.
Team notes: UA won its last seven games by an average of 38 points to take its second conference title in three years.