GULF SHORES, Ala. — Senior Kirby Burnham and USC freshman teammate Sarah Hughes won the pairs title at the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. collegiate sand volleyball national championship on Sunday.
Burnham, a Newport Harbor High product, and Hughes, a Costa Mesa resident who starred at Mater Dei, defeated Hawaii's Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs, 21-15, 21-13.
Burnham won the event last year with fellow All-American Stevi Robinson.
Earlier Tuesday, Burnham and Hughes were named first-team All-American.
Burnham and Hughes, who swept all four of their matches, were the No. 4-seeded team.
The Hawaii runners-up were seeded No. 3.
UC Irvine 16,
San Diego 11
SAN DIEGO — Five San Diego errors led to nine unearned runs as the visiting Anteaters extended their winning streak to eight in the nonconference game Tuesday.
Junior closer Sam Moore worked two scoreless innings to notch his NCAA-leading 22nd save, leaving him just shy of the NCAA single-season record.
Connor Spencer and Jonathan Munoz had three hits apiece and Ryan Cooper drove in three for UCI (33-14).
UCI, ranked No. 23 by Baseball America and No. 16 by Collegiate Baseball, led, 10-0 and 13-2, before the No. 24-ranked Toreros closed within 13-11.
The 16 runs are a season best for UCI.
USD fell to 33-17.
UC Irvine 8,
The host Anteaters won their seventh straight, their 12th straight in Big West Conference play, and earned their seventh shutout of the season to complete a three-game sweep of the Gauchos on Sunday.
Senior Evan Brock allowed four hits in seven innings to improve to 8-3, while Matt Fielding and Jimmy Litchfield each worked a hitless inning to close it out.
Junior first baseman Connor Spencer was two for five with two runs batted in, while sophomore Grant Palmer was two for three with two walks and two runs scored for UCI, which improved to 14-1 in conference play.