UC Irvine to Host Second Annual UC Irvine International Men's Volleyball Tournament
UC Irvine will host the second annual UC Irvine International Men's Volleyball Tournament presented by Asics and Hyatt Regency Irvine Oct. 5-10, 2010 on the UCI campus. The tournament is the only one of its kind in the United States.
Teams participating this year include the Korean Air Jumbos from Korea, UPCN from Argentina, Zhejiang from China, Sada Cruzeiro from Brazil as well as the host Anteaters.
Week day matches will be played in Crawford Court, while Saturday and Sunday's competition will be held in the Bren Events Center.
In October of 2009, two-time NCAA Division I National Champion UC Irvine hosted Olympians and professional athletes from Korea, Argentina, Holland, Canada, and the United States in the first World Challenge Volleyball Tournament. This year's event will once again feature the best professional clubs and players from around the world as it is a one of a kind international tournament.
All-Session and Weekend passes are currently on sale by calling the Bren Events Center Box Office at (949) 824-5000. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. All-Session passes (12 matches) are $50 for Adults and $25 for Youth, while Weekend passes (4 matches) are $20 for Adults and $10 for Youth. All-Session passes include all-tournament matches plus two UCI Women's Volleyball matches as the Anteaters take on UC Riverside on Oct. 5 and Loyola Marymount on Oct. 8.
Korean Air Jumbos (Korea)
Sada Cruzeiro (Brazil)
UC Irvine (USA)
Tuesday, October 5 - Crawford Court
7:00 p.m. - UCI women's volleyball vs UC Riverside
Immediately following the women at approx. 8:30 p.m. - UCI vs Argentina
Wednesday, October 6 - Crawford Court
6:00 p.m. - Brazil vs China
8:00 p.m. - Argentina vs Korea
Thursday, October 7 - Crawford Court
6:00 p.m. - Argentina vs China
8:00 p.m. - Korea vs Brazil
Friday, October 8 - Crawford Court
7:00 p.m. - UCI women's volleyball vs Loyola Marymount
Immediately following approx. 8:30 p.m. - UCI vs Korea
Saturday, October 9 - Bren Center
6:00 p.m. - UCI vs China
8:00 p.m. - Argentina vs Brazil
Sunday, October 10 - Bren Center
3:00 p.m. - UCI vs Brazil
5:00 p.m. - Korea vs China
Adult - $50
Youth - $25
Weekend (2-Day Pass)
Adult - $20
Youth - $10
THE TOURNAMENT WILL ALSO INCLUDE:
Free volleyball clinic and game day for elementary and middle school kids (Oct 9th)
Largest Grass Volleyball Tournament in Orange County (Oct 10th).
MEET THE TEAMS
KOREAN AIR JUMBOS (KOREA)
The Korean Air Jumbos Volleyball Club is a professional volleyball team based in Incheon City, Korea and is a member of Korean V-League Volleyball.
Originally it was founded in 1986 as a business volleyball team but newly founded in 2005 in Incheon City along side with launching of Korean Professional Volleyball League. The team got its official title from the Boeing 747 aircraft's nickname.
The Korean Air Jumbos have achieved widespread popularity and a dedicated fan base with players such as Shin Young Soo, Kim Hak Min, Han Sun Soo.
The Jumbos' popularity soared in the 2007s when they won KOVO cup championships.
The team from Zhejiang, China that bears the same name is one of the oldest and most famous teams in the country. The team was established in 1959.
The team holds various country titles, including winning the National Championships in 1997 and 2003, second place finishes in 2002 and 2004, and has consistently placed in the country's top six through 2010.
SADA CRUZEIRO (BRAZIL)
Sada Cruzeiro, one of the leading volleyball teams of Brazil, was created in 2006 in Betim, Minas Gerais, when the Sada Group was just a sponsor. In 2008, the company became the manager of the whole process, through the Associação Esportiva Sada Vôlei (Sada Volei Sport Association). The following year, the team was renamed Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei, in an unprecedented partnership with Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.
The team has been state champion as well as won bronze in the Superliga and in the Copa Brasil, fourth in Mundialito Interclubes and champion tournaments like the Copa Santa Catarina.
Outside hitter Wallace Souza, champion of the World League in 2010 with the Brazilian National Team, is one of the revelations of the national volleyball in recent years. He is among the best scorers and drawers of the Superliga. Sada Cruzeiro also has the spiker Samuel Fuchs, silver medal at the Beijing Olympics, three times World League champion (2005-2007), World champion in Japan 2006, and Pan-American and World Cup champion in 2007.
UPCN VOLEY (ARGENTINA)
UPCN Voley began to shape itself on March 20, 2007 with the creation of a School of Volleyball and faced the challenge of forming a team that competed in the local tournaments, with well-established and recognized local San Juan veterans.
In only three years of participation in The Argentine Volleyball League, UPCN Voley is already well decorated, achieving second place in the 2009-2010 Argentine SuperLiga (finishing behind 2009 UC Irvine International Volleyball Tournament Champions, Drean Bolivar). Add to that a first place finish in the "Torneo Super 8", a second place performance in the "Copa ACLAV" and third place finish in the league preseason play in 2009-10.
At the 2010 ACLAV awards banquet, several players were honored, including Joel dos Santos as Best Server; José "Junior" Sousa as Best Blocker; and Leonardo Patti as Best Passer.
UC IRVINE (USA)
UC Irvine has established itself as one of the premier men's volleyball teams in the country, winning two of the last four NCAA Division I Championships. The Anteaters have been nationally ranked for 82 consecutive weeks, including earning the No. 1 spot in four different years since 2003.
UCI features All-Americans Carson Clark and Jordan DuFualt. Clark, a first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honoree, led the nation in service aces last season while averaging 5.04 kills per set. DuFault, a two-time All-MPSF selection, averaged 4.06 kills and 4.70 points and topped the squad with 243 digs. UCI returns all but three players from last year's squad.
The Anteaters are coached by John Speraw who is the only individual in volleyball history to win a national championship as a player, coach and assistant coach. He also was an assistant coach with the U.S. Men's Indoor Volleyball team that won a gold medal in 2008.
For more information: http://www.ucirvinesports.com/sports/m-volley/spec-rel/10-m-volley-world-challenge.html
*Article courtesy UCI athletics.