From the LA Times:
Carson Clark seriously contemplated leaving UC Irvine after the 2011 season to begin his professional volleyball career overseas. Irvine Coach John Speraw persuaded the fifth-year senior opposite hitter to stay, selling him on the addition of French import Kevin Tillie and a chance to win a second national title. It all worked out for Clark and the Anteaters. Irvine cut down the net and collected pieces of the floor as souvenirs on Saturday after defeating USC, 25-22, 34-32, 26-24 in the NCAA championship match before a packed Galen Center. "I'm happy I stayed," an exhausted but ecstatic Clark said. "I'm really happy I stayed." Clark, voted the most outstanding player in the Final Four, had 22 kills with a hitting percentage of .465. He fairly willed the Anteaters to victory, especially in the second set when they overcame a seven-point deficit to win and deflate the Trojans. "I thought it was pretty clear that UCI was the better team," USC outside hitter Tony Ciarelli said. "They really, really peaked at the end of the season."

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