NEXT LEVEL WATCH: Clark wins FIVB World League gold; Hollands sets Phillies record


Carson Clark and Team USA captured the FIVB World League gold medal on Sunday with a victory over Brazil in the final held in Florence, Italy. The Americans took the championship from Brazil 31-29, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23.

In case you missed it, the Gold-Medal match will be televised on NBC Sports on Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m.  

It’s the second FIVB World League title for the USA (the first came in 2008), while Brazil was seeking a record 10th Gold Medal in World League competition.

In order to qualify for the World League finals, the Americans defeated Russia, Serbia and Bulgaria three times each in June’s pool-play rounds.  Leading up the final, Brazil topped Italy in one semifinal while Team USA swept past Iran.

Clark played at Santa Barbara High before leading UC Irvine to a pair of NCAA national titles. 

Mario Hollands, UCSB Baseball – Hollands set a Philadelphia Phillies franchise record earlier this month for making 19-straight scoreless appearances as a rookie. It’s the longest such streak for a rookie in the club’s 131-year history. The left-hander has since allowed runs in three-straight games but still holds a solid ERA of 3.62 in 35 games this season. Hollands was drafted out of UCSB in the summer of 2010.

Scott Witkin, UCSB Lacrosse – The Gaucho alum represented Argentina at the Lacrosse World Championships in Colorado. Argentina defeated Colombia 13-6,  but dropped all other matches they played to Wales, New Zealand, Russia, China, Uganda and Korea. Witkin was a regular contributor, scoring a goal against Colombia and Uganda, and recording an assist against Wales.

The Lacrosse World Championships included teams from 37 nations.

Luis Silva, UCSB Soccer – Silva scored again on Sunday for DC United, making it five goals in the past five games for the former Gaucho. Silva’s recent impact for United comes after an early-season ankle injury limited his playing time in April and May. He’s now in a starting role with Fabian Espindola out because of injury.