UC Irvine Men Finish Home & Home Series with Shanghai Golden Age

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 03rd, 2018 | Big West, College - Men's Indoor, News

The UC Irvine men’s volleyball team finished an 18-day trek through Asia in mid-September, including two matches against Shanghai Golden Age, a top professional team in China.

The teams split those match with each side winning in four sets.

Shanghai Golden Age vs. UC Irvine in Shanghai – UC Irvine Athletics

On Tuesday night, the night belonged to the visiting Shanghai side at Bren Events Center in Irvine as the team defeated the Anteaters 26-24, 25-18, 25-21 in an exhibition match.

Karl Apfelbach led UCI with nine kills, while JB Kam added six kills, seven digs and four blocks. The nation’s top recruit, freshman opposite Jonny Bowles, made his debut in front of the home fans with six putaways.

Zhejia Zhang led all hitters with 10 kills on an eye-popping .909 hitting effort (10-0-11) for Shanghai. Quingyao Dai and Tianyl Han added seven kills apiece for the team.

A full recap of the match, including stats is available here.

The Anteaters provided updates throughout the Asian Tour which took the team to Seoul, South Korea; Osaka and Tokyo, Japan; and Shanghai, China, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 17. Several players and head coach David Kniffin providing updates through postcard journals.

Senior setter Dante Chakravorti also gave his take on the tour in the video below.

The Anteaters kick off their 2019 campaign on Jan. 4 at Lewis.

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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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