Happy birthday to Wahine middle and fellow Capricorn Amber Igiede
Saturday’s MVB results
At University Park, Pa., No. 5 Penn State def. No. 6 BYU, 25-21, 25-19, 26-24. Teams combined for 39 service errors, Nittany Lions with 18, Cougars 21. Penn State with 8 aces, BYU 4.
At Stanford, Calif., Stanford def. No. 12 UC Irvine, 25-23, 25-21, 25-27, 22-25, 20-18. The Cardinal move to 3-0. Not bad for a program that wasn’t supposed to be in existence this season. Former Warrior setter Daniel Rasay in his 13th year as assistant coach.
At Phoenix, No. 9 Grand Canyon def. No. 14 McKendree, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-14
No. 13 Ohio State def. Central St. (OH), 25-19, 25-17, 25-14
At Harogate, Tenn., Lincoln Memorial def. Purdue Fort Wayne, 25-23, 25-21, 25-14
The men’s and women’s volleyball teams will be playing on a new Taraflex court named Court 21 starting this season. Interesting, only six NCAA men’s programs have Taraflex, three in the Big West: Hawai’i, Long Beach State and now UC Irvine)
The story behind Court 21
“Taraflex is a competitive differentiator. It demonstrates a commitment and a standard of excellence,” said UC Irvine head coach David Kniffin. “But the real story and impact of this gift is the tribute to Tim Vorenkamp, for whom the court is named.”
On September 10, 2010, at 13 years old, Tim Vorenkamp was diagnosed with Stage 3 synovial sarcoma, a very rare form of cancer. In the years that followed, Tim faced four relapses of his cancer, all contained in his lungs. Throughout moments of remission, he continued to play volleyball, wearing the number 21 and signed with UC Irvine in the class of 2015.
Kniffin remembers an interaction with Vorenkamp in the spring of 2015, just months before he would have enrolled at UC Irvine:
“Tim was committed to play for us at UC Irvine,” Kniffin said. “I had been watching him play for years. He embodied such a powerful blend of character traits. Such drive, leadership and authentic care for the people around him.
“At some point in the spring of 2015, he asked to meet. He wanted to tell me in person that he wouldn’t be physically able to play for UC Irvine. He told me he was going to die and that he was going to get out of Orange County to be a college kid for the time he had left. Even in that moment, Tim radiated such confidence, such peace. I hope, through this gift and his story, his legacy continues to lead us.”
Vorenkamp attended Cal for the 2015 fall semester. He passed away on January 10, 2016.
Brother Patrick, who joined the UC Irvine men’s volleyball team in the fall of 2018, is a redshirt junior setter for the Anteaters.
“Tim is the reason I began playing volleyball in the fifth grade,” Patrick Vorenkamp said. “Every day since then, I have been pushed knowing that he wants me to take my talents to the highest level. When I step onto “Court 21″ I will behonored knowing that our pursuit of championships will be in his memory.”
The gift, made possible by the Vorenkamp Family, is an honor to their son and his way of living.
A statement from the family: “Every step you take on “Court 21″ we want you to remember the most important thing in life: HOPE, which motivated Tim in everything. With hope you can make a difference and conquer anything. Hope brings people together and together you can keep your eye on the goal. We pray you all want to make a difference, in living for others, so you can give each other HOPE!”