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Snow Volleyball Aims for Legitimacy

I'll admit, I'm having a hard time picturing what a game of snow volleyball would look like. Volleyball being played in the heavy powder while skiers whiz by? Hmmm. It appears that the sport is gaining a bit of momentum as the proponents begin to get more organized.... Read Full Post

NCAA Men: Can BYU Overcome Late Season Struggles?

After a stellar 2014 season at the top of the MPSF and in the top three of the national rankings for the last eight weeks, the Cougars hit a speedbump at season's end. Last weekend they lost both of their matches in four sets to UC Santa Barbara and UCLA. Show More Summary

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NCAA Men: Hawaii Upsets BYU Twice, MPSF Dogfight Continues

Well, I didn't see this one coming. But last weekend was a huge one for Hawaii, who hosted BYU for two matches and managed to win both. The first was a five set match in which the Cougars won the first two sets but couldn't finish the job once Hawaii caught fire and took the next three.... Read Full Post

USA Beach Volleyball Qualifier Showcases New Teams

It went on without much fanfare, but last weekend USAV held a qualifier for the fourth USA spot in the first FIVB Tour event of the season in Shanghai. There's been a bit of a shake up in partnerships as usual over the winter break and so some new teams now need to bolster their international points in order to be included among the automatic qualifiers.... Read Full Post

NCAA Men: Stanford Undefeated in March, Moves into Top 5

The top three remained in place this week with Loyola Chicago, BYU and Pepperdine leading the way in the AVCA Poll for the second straight week. Of the three top teams only Pepperdine suffered a loss this week, but it didn't hurt them in the polling. Show More Summary

No way out

  Admittedly, Cortes’s conquest is a cringeworthy moment in human history. It does however, illustrate how having “no way out” can motivate people to be truly committed. Late last year at the Australian Junior Women Development Camp, we were fortunate to be visited by Australian beach Volleyball team coach Mick Nelson and player Louise Bawden, […]

NCAA Sand Volleyball to Debut on Pac-12 Network

More good news this week for NCAA sand volleyball. After the announcement earlier this month that the sport reached the 40 school threshold and will soon be an official NCAA Championship sport, the Pac-12 Network announced that it will actually give us an opportunity to view the action.... Read Full Post

Good Problems for AZ Boys Volleyball

I'm going to file this one in the "good problems to have" category for boys volleyball. In Arizona, the sport is growing and expanding for boys annually. That's awesome news. Now with 67 schools offering boys volleyball in the state, the number of teams is beginning to become unwieldy for the state's single solitary division.... Read Full Post

2014 Pro Beach Schedule Announced (Tentatively)

It's tentative, but we now know what each of the major pro beach volleyball tours are planning for the 2014 season. The FIVB, AVP and NVL each published schedules and I've put them all together for you in a comprehensive list of events.... Read Full Post

NCAA Men: Shake Up in Top 5

Loyola Chicago hung on to the No. 1 spot again this week, but the rest of the top five shuffled this week as Long Beach's eight match win streak was snapped this week and the 49ers fell from No. 2 to No. 4 this week in the AVCA poll.... Read Full Post

VB Coach's Hair-Brained Scheme Nearly Gets Students Arrested

I'd love to give this coach points for meaning well, but I can't. The way she went about trying to get drugs out of her school was so half-baked and ill-planned that it nearly got some students arrested.... Read Full Post

NCAA Men: Battle for MPSF Playoff Berth

Loyola Chicago leads the way for the sixth straight week in this week's AVCA poll. The Ramblers easily beat George Mason in three sets, only allowing them 12 points in the third. They'll meet their first ranked opponents in over a month when they take on No. 10 Lewis and No. 14 Penn State this week.... Read Full Post

NCAA Sand Volleyball Earns Official Championship Status

Colleges have been adding sand programs at such a rapid pace that it has been nearly impossible to keep track of the tally. But USA Volleyball confirmed this week that the sport crossed the 40-team threshold it needed to trade in its emerging sport status for an official championship sport status. Show More Summary

Scandals Keep Coming for Korean Volleyball Association

More trouble for the Korean Volleyball Association. The office of the governing body was raided due to allegations of corruption by top executives. Officials are now combing through evidence that they think will prove that there was embezzlement going on there.... Read Full Post

NCAA Men: Long Beach Leapfrogs BYU

Loyola Chicago still leads the way in men's volleyball, garnering 12 of 18 first place votes in the AVCA poll this week. Both BYU and Long Beach State received three votes each in a week in which Long Beach beat the Cougars in four sets to overtake BYU in the No. 2 spot.... Read Full Post

Pepperdine Sand VB Ranked No. 1 in Pre-Season Poll

The NCAA sand volleyball season begins this weekend and the AVCA pre-season poll puts Pepperdine in the top spot once again. The Waves have been a consistent powerhouse in the fledgling sport, winning the national title in the inaugural season two years ago and were ranked No. Show More Summary

Trinity Adds Men's Volleyball

There will be one more men's volleyball team in the mix in the NAIA next year. Trinity International University will offer a men's program in 2015 and it's already attracting interest from men in the student body eager to participate.... Read Full Post

Will Netherlands FIVB Tour Event Benefit From Four Host Cities?

I love innovative new ideas to market volleyball to larger audiences. This week the Netherlands announced that it will host its FIVB Beach Tour event in four cities instead of one. Usually held in The Hague, the tournament will feature competition there as well as in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Apeldorn.... Read Full Post

NCAA Men: BYU Nips at Heels of No. 1 Loyola-Chicago

Loyola Chicago is hung on to the No. 1 spot in the AVCA poll for the fourth week in a row, but BYU is making a strong case for the top spot as well. The Cougars are on a six match winning streak and last weekend handled two top ten teams - USC and Pepperdine - in three sets. Show More Summary

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