UCLA releases 2012 schedule: 5 things to know about this schedule

The final regular season schedule in Hall of Fame coach Al Scates’ 50-year tenure at UCLA was released Wednesday.

The only coach in UCLA men’s volleyball history announced in May that he would retire at the end the 2012 season. Sactes and the Bruins enter the upcoming season with six returning starters after finishing last season in eighth place in the MPSF and losing in the conference tournament quarterfinals.

Check out the five things to take away from UCLA’s schedule for the 2012 season.
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Youth World Championship volleyball match to follow today: USA vs. Russia

The chances of the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team finishing outside the bottom four places at World Championship largely depends to it being able to defeat one of the world’s top ranked teams.

No. 9 United States will continue its consolation second-round pool-play with a match agianst No. 2 Russia on Thursday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The United States after losing its second-round Pool H opener must defeat Russia to remain alive for a ninth to 12th place finish at the World Championship. The top two teams in Pool H following the three-match consolation second round will advance to play for a ninth-place finish in the 16-team international tournament.
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No. 9 USA can’t upset No. 4 Iran, loses 2nd-round opener at World Championship

The troubles for the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team at the World Championship have continued into the second round.

No. 9 United States committed 29 errors as it lost to No. 4 Iran 25-21, 22-25, 25-16, 25-18 in its consolation bracket second-round opener on Wednesday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Along with committing 10 less than errors than the United States (1-3, 0-1 Pool H), Iran out-blocked the United States 14-8 in the victory.
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Former Gaucho All-American Gorman to be enshrined into UCSB Hall of Fame

A two-time All-American for the UC Santa Barbara men’s volleyball team was selected for the school’s athletics hall of fame.

The UC Santa Barbara athletics department announced Monday that Mike Gorman will be a member of the 2012 class inducted into the UCSB Hall of Fame.

Gorman in the final two years of his college career was a First-Team All-American in 1982 and a Second-Team All-American in 1983. As a junior, he also helped lead the Gauchos to a second place finish in the Southern California Intercollegiate Volleyball Association — the school’s best finish in the conference during the 1980s.
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Youth World Championship volleyball match to follow today: USA vs. Iran

After two days off, the United States will resume play at the World Championship in the consolation bracket.

No. 9 United States will play No. 4 Iran in its consolation second round pool-play opener Wednesday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The United States, Iran, No. 2 Russia and No. 19 Korea are in the consolation Pool H after all four teams failed to advance to the second round. The two top teams in Pool H following the three-match consolation second round will advance to play for a ninth-place finish in the 16-team international tournament.
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Conference Carolinas school Erskine adds men’s volleyball for 2013 season

A new team will join the Conference Carolinas for the 2013 season.

Erskine College announced Monday that it will add men’s volleyball as an intercollegiate sport for the 2012-13 school year and the team will compete in the Division II conference for its inaugural season.

Erskine, a Christian liberal arts college located in South Carolina, was already a member of the Conference Carolinas. The school will have 14 teams playing in the conference for the 2011-12 school year.
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George Mason’s aggressive fundraising leads to $5K reward from alum

A successful fundraising campaign for the George Mason men’s volleyball team resulted in the program receiving a $5,000 one-time donation from an alumnus.

The Patriots athletics department announced last week that the George Mason men’s volleyball team surpassed all other teams in a recent fundraising campaign and was rewarded with a $5,000 donation for finishing in first place.

The Ten for Ten Alumni-Athlete Fundraising Challenge pitted each team’s former athletes against each other to help raise money for the George Mason athletics department.
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UCLA’s Quiroga leads Argentina to beat, eliminate USA at World Championship

The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team’s hopes of getting a medal at the World Championship are officially finished.

No. 9 United States lost to No. 1 Argentina 25-20, 25-19, 28-26 on Sunday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for its second consecutive loss in pool play and failed to advance to the second round of the international tournament.

With this loss, the United States (1-2, 1-2 Pool A) finishes Pool A in third place and will move to the tournament’s consolation pool that will begin Tuesday. Argentina (2-1, 2-1 Pool A) and Bulgaria finished the first round atop the Pool A standings and receive the pool’s two berths to the second round.
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Youth World Championship volleyball match to follow today: USA vs. Argentina

The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team will have to defeat the world’s top-ranked team if it wants to remain in contention for a World Championship medal.

No. 9 United States will play a must-win match against No. 1 Argentina in its pool-play finale on Sunday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The winner of this match will finish Pool A in second place and advance to the second round of the World Championship, while the loser will move to the consolation bracket. The two top teams in each pool at the end of the three-match pool-play round advance to the second round.
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USA beats Norway in World Games finale to finish in 13th place

The match wasn’t for a medal, but the United States at least finished the World University Games with a victory.

The United States defeated Norway 25-19, 23-25, 25-16, 25-14 on Sunday in Shenzhen, China, to finish the 21-team international tournament in 13th place.

The United States (5-3) had three players finish the match with at least nine kills — including UC Irvine outside attacker Carson Clark who had a match-high 18 kills.
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