— From staff reports


'Eaters add hitters

Outside hitters Tucker Pikula and Reid Dominguez have signed national letters of intent to play men's volleyball at UC Irvine, Anteaters Coach David Kniffin has announced.

The 6-foot-1 Pikula earned first-team All-Trinity League honors as a junior last spring at Mater Dei High, where he was also a member of the 2010 CIF Southern Section Division I championship team.

Pikula was an all-tournament choice at the 2012 Junior National Championship, where he helped his Newport Beach-based Balboa Bay Volleyball Club finish second.

He was a gold medalist and MVP of the 2011 Junior National Tournament.

The 6-5 Dominguez was a first-team All-Trinity League honoree at Orange Lutheran last season.

"There is no greater testament to the program, the culture and our tradition than to continue to bring in future players such as Reid and Tucker," Kniffin said. "Aside from the obvious talent, there is a humbleness and blue collar work ethic that emanates from both of them."

The duo represents Kniffin's first recruiting class. The first-year coach took over for John Speraw, who left for UCLA after leading the Anteaters to the 2012 NCAA title, the program's third national championship in six seasons.

UCI will meet Concordia in an exhibition match on Jan. 2 at Crawford Court. They open the regular season at the UC Santa Barbara Invitational Jan. 4 and 5.

— From staff reports


In UCI bound

Kaley In, a senior at Stockdale High in Bakersfield, has signed a national letter of intent to play women's golf at UC Irvine, Anteaters Coach Julie Brooks announced Tuesday.

In, is ranked No. 56 nationally in her class nationally and No. 14 in the state by GolfWeek.com. She is a two-time first-team all-area selection and won both the South Area title and Central Section Championship in a playoff. The Bakersfield native was tied for second at the Central Section individual championships last year.

"Kaley is a great addition to the team," Brooks said. "Her talent will help us compete for championships."

— From staff reports