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Aug. 26, 2008

Irvine, Calif. – The 2008 Olympic Games were a success for UC Irvine athletes and coaches, helping the U.S. to both gold and silver medals.

UC Irvine head men’s volleyball coach John Speraw was a member of the United States men’s indoor volleyball team that captured a gold medal. In an emotional tournament, the Americans went undefeated and earned the team’s first gold medal since 1988. UCI women’s volleyball assistant Jay Hosack was also member of the U.S. men’s staff, but did not travel with the team to Beijing.

In the pool, the All-American quartet of Ryan Bailey, Jeff Powers, Tim Hutten and Rick Merlo helped the U.S. men's water polo team to a silver medal, its best finish since 1988 when they also captured the silver. Bailey and Powers each added six goals during the tournament, while Hutten and Merlo, playing in their first Olympics, scored three and two goals, respectively.

Brittany Hayes, a current graduate student at UCI, also won a silver medal with the U.S. women’s water polo team.

Former UCI sailor Jay Glaser coached the Netherlands to a sixth-place finish in the Tornado event. It was Glaser’s fourth Olympic Games, competing as an athlete in 1984 and as a coach the last three Games.

In badminton, Eva Lee lost her singles match to Canada's Anna Rice in three sets, but made history as the first American to win a game in Olympic competition. Lee paired with May Mangkalakiri in doubles, but lost to Singapore's Yanmei Jiang and Yujia Li, 0-2.

Cyclist Amber Neben finished 33rd in the women's road race.

Former All-American sailor Nick Scandone will begin his Olympic quest at the Paralympics September 6-17 in Beijing. Scandone will be competing in the two-person keelboat event, skippering the SKUD 18 with crew Maureen McKinnon-Tucker.

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Posted at 2008-08-28 10:51:19
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