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Orange Coast College sophomore outside hitter Ty Hutchins was named Pacific Coast Conference Player of the Year and Pirates head man Travis Turner was named Coach of the Year in men's volleyball.

Joining Hutchins on the first team was freshman opposite Jim Webb, while sophomore setter Brendan Duff was a second-team honoree and freshman libero Ryan Manoogian represented the Pirates on the third team.

The 6-foot-5 Hutchins, bound for BYU, had 257 kills, 84 digs and 25 total blocks to help the Pirates (20-1) win the state championship, as well as the PCC crown.

Webb led the Pirates with 264 kills, while chipping in 79 digs, a team-best 26 aces and 44 total blocks. His 20 kills led the way in a five-set win over Santa Monica in the state final.

Duff delivered 699 assists to give him 1,293 in his career. He ranks No. 6 in OCC annals in career assists.

Manoogian led OCC with 106 digs.

It was the fourth time in seven seasons that Turner collected the conference's top coaching honor.

— From staff reports

Rivera, Yuhl honored

Vanguard University pitcher Eddie Rivera and Concordia senior pitcher Keegan Yuhl, a former Orange Coast College standout, have been named first-team All-Golden State Athletic Conference in baseball.

Rivera, a right-hander, is 6-3 with a 3.18 earned-run average, including nine shutout innings of three-hit work in the Lions' GSAC Tournament win over The Master's on Thursday. Rivera has allowed 72 hits and struck out 85 in 93 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .216 off the Vanguard ace, who helped the team tie for third in the conference and earn the No. 3 GSAC Tournament seed.

The No. 22-ranked Lions had a 32-19 record through Thursday.

Yuhl, the 2012 Orange Empire Conference Pitcher of the Year for OCC, was 10-4 with a 2.58 ERA for the Eagles in the regular season. He struck out 100, allowed 87 hits and walked only 14 in 104 2/3 innings. His ERA was second best in the GSAC.

Yuhl played the 2013 season at Lee University in Tennessee, before returning to Southern California to complete his collegiate career. He earned a victory for Lee in the 2013 NAIA World Series in which the school finished third.

Yuhl, a right-hander from San Diego, threw the first no-hitter in Concordia history on Jan. 31 against Antelope Valley. It was one of four shutouts and four complete games for him this season.

Condordia (34-17), which was denied a berth in the GSAC Tournament after finishing in a three-way tie for third, is hoping to receive an at-large berth into the NAIA Tournament field.

— From staff reports

Fernandez in regional

UC Irvine junior Pete Fernandez has been selected to compete in the NCAA Regional at the Eugene (Ore.) Country Club May 15-17.

Fernandez is one of 10 individuals chosen to play at the Eugene Regional, one of six 54-hole regional tournaments to be conducted May 15-17.

Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.

The finals will be conducted May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

Fernandez leads UCI with a 72.91 scoring average this season and has recorded six Top-10 finishes. He was named Big West Golfer of the Month in April when he had three top-seven finishes in a span of eight days, six rounds under par and a combined seven-under par in three tournaments to start the month.

Fernandez was medalist at the Anteater Invitational, third at the Cabo del Sol Intercollegiate and Western Intercollegiate, fourth at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic, fifth at The Folino Invitational, and seventh at the -UCSB Intercollegiate.

— From staff reports

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