By Jason A. Vrtis
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Expectations were high for the UA men's club volleyball team last weekend at the Long Beach City College Tournament. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, those expectations were not met.
The UA finished seventh out of 15 teams.
"If we were put in any other pool we would have made it out of pool play," assistant coach Skip Greenburgh said.
Arizona had to play the eventual champions and runners-up in its pool. In a tough opening round match, the Wildcats lost to Los Angeles Pierce Community College 15-9, 15-8. Pierce finished second overall.
"Our team has a problem mentally preparing for the first match of a tournament," Greenburgh said.
Still hoping to make it into the championship round, Arizona defeated El Camino Community College 15-7, 14-16, 15-13, and Pasadena Community College 5-15, 15-3, 15-10.
Only needing a win to advance, the Wildcats faced a Golden West Community College team that is chock full of NCAA Division I prospects. Greenburgh described them as "the best junior college men's team in the country."
They showed just that as they breezed past Arizona 15-8, 15-11 and went on to take the title.
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The Arizona men's golf team has left the overcast skies of Tucson behind and today is enjoying the white sand beaches of Hawaii Ä not to mention a little golf.
The Wildcats will play at the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational, and will be spending two weeks on the island. However, they will be splitting the tournament time between two different squads. Coach Rick LaRose said he is hoping to give his young squad some needed experience this week.
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