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College Roundup: UC Irvine men’s volleyball loses to BYU in battle of top-five programs

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Joel Schneidmiller had 13 kills for the No. 5-ranked UC Irvine men’s volleyball team, but No. 2 BYU was able to earn a 28-30, 27-25, 25-17, 27-25 nonconference victory Friday night at Bren Events Center.

Scott Stadick had a season-high 12 kills for UC Irvine (3-3), as well as six block assists. Alexandre Nsakanda added 10 kills.

BYU improved to 8-0.

UCI hosts Concordia University on Jan. 30.

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Vanguard 3, Hope International 2: Kyle Anema had 24 kills to lead the visiting Lions to a 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13 win on Friday in a Golden State Athletic Conference opener.

Bryce Thompson handed out 60 assists to go with nine digs and six block assists for Vanguard (3-0). Alejandro Hernandez added 13 kills, Dylan Garcia had 11 kills, and Christian Nowtash chipped in with 10 kills.

Joshua Nehls, who coaches the boys’ and girls’ volleyball programs at Ocean View High, had a match-high 29 kills for Hope International (2-3).

BASEBALL

Vanguard 13, Westcliff 5: First baseman Joe Johnson went three for five with two home runs, a double and six runs batted in on Friday in the Lions’ season opener at Irvine’s Orange County Great Park.

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Third baseman Chad Sutton also homered for Vanguard, and left fielder Aki Buckson drove in three runs.

Garrett Molnar earned the win. He went four innings, allowing one earned run while striking out four.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Riverside 65, Golden West 58: Justin Kirksey had a team-high 14 points to go with five rebounds and three assists for the Rustlers on Friday in an Orange Empire Conference game at home.

Christian Anderson also had 13 points and nine rebounds for Golden West (3-18, 1-8 in conference). John Stillgess provided eight points and six rebounds.

Santiago Canyon 105, Orange Coast 68: Myles Woods had 24 points to lead the host Pirates on Friday in an Orange Empire Conference contest.

Jonathan Ileleji had 13 points, six rebounds and three steals for Orange Coast (3-18, 0-9 in conference). Andres Ortega added 15 points and four assists.

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD

Dr. Martin Luther King Collegiate Invitational: UC Irvine sophomore Hannah Chau was fifth in the 3,000 meters Friday on the first day of the invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Chau finished in 10 minutes 28.48 seconds. UCI senior Mariah Theologidy was ninth in 10:53.67.

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Brianna Villanueva placed fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 57 feet, 8 1/2 inches for UCI, which continues action at the meet Saturday.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Saddleback 61, Golden West 50: Abigail Guerrero had 18 points and four steals to lead the visiting Rustlers on Friday in an Orange Empire Conference game.

Lilliana Parreno scored nine points off the bench for Golden West (3-14, 0-5 in conference). Rejoyce Balubar-Argueta and Reyna McMorris each had six points.

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