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NCAA Women: Top Teams Stabilize, Mizzou Moves Up

The top teams appear to have stabilized finally as last week's top six managed to hold their spots on the AVCA Coaches Poll. Texas still leads the way followed by Penn State, Washington, USC, Florida and Stanford. There was a significant amount of movement in the lower ranks though and three teams fell out of the rankings this week.... Read Full Post

High School VB Decision-Making Takes a Turn for the Absurd

Last week there were two examples of leadership gone wrong in the world of high school volleyball. Adults in charge don't always make the right decisions for students, but sometimes those decisions go way beyond incorrect and enter into the land of the absurd.... Read Full Post

NCAA Women: USC Upset, Texas Back on Top

USC stumbled this week with a surprise 0-3 loss to previously unranked Arizona. For the first time all season, the Trojans were out-hit in the match, hitting.277 as a team to Arizona's.324. USC fell three spots to No. 4 in this week's AVCA poll and Arizona finds itself ranked for the first time this year, coming in at No. 25.... Read Full Post

UOP Officially Drops Men's Volleyball

It's been known for weeks that the University of the Pacific was putting men's volleyball on the chopping block. But word officially came down this week that the program will be cut. The team will be allowed to compete this season, but the 20-year-old program will officially end in June of next year.... Read Full Post

FIVB Beach: Kerri and April Win Gold, Dalhausser and Jennings Take Silver

American teams fared quite well last week at the FIVB Grand Slam in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Unfortunately, the way the seeds fell, this tournament forced some American teams to take each other out. The big news was that Kerri and April won gold in their first international tournament after officially joining forces.... Read Full Post

NCAA Women: Stability at the Top, UCLA Unranked

Things may be finally settling down in women's volleyball. After a topsy turvy early season, the top four teams remained the same in this week's AVCA poll with USC still leading the way followed by Florida, Texas and Penn State. There is a new No. Show More Summary

FIVB Beach: Rosenthal Withdraws, Kerri and April Face the World

International beach volleyball returns this week as the top American teams head to Brazil for the Sao Paulo Grand Slam. They will be without Sean Rosenthal as he has withdrawn... Read Full Post

NCAA Women: USC No. 1, UCLA Falls

It seems that the No. 1 ranking is difficult to defend this season. Last week's No. 1 Washington held the spot for just one week before it suffered a huge four set loss to unranked Colorado. That sent the Huskies falling five spots to No. Show More Summary

NCAA Women: Washington Rises, Penn State Falls

There's another new No. 1 in women's volleyball this week and that makes Washington the fourth team to reach the top spot in the first six weeks of the season. The volatility doesn't appear to be slowing down as we get into the regular season. Show More Summary

U.S. Women Win Gold at NORCECA, Men Win Pool

The USA women's national team won NORCECA with a four set victory over the Dominican Republic in the final on Saturday. The women were without most of its 2012 Olympians - just Christa Harmotto and Jordan Larson-Burbach made the trip - but the team had no trouble with the competition. Show More Summary

FIVB: Cancellation of Uganda Event is Third of the Year

Though the 2013 international beach volleyball schedule looked much more diverse at the season's start than usual, it seems that the expansion the FIVB was hoping for has not quite gone as planned. The first ever East African FIVB event was set to begin yesterday in Kampala, Uganda. Show More Summary

NCAA Women: San Diego, Illinois Lose Ground

On this first week of Fall, the women's indoor volleyball regular season has officially arrived. At the end of the pre-season Penn State still sits atop the AVCA rankings as they have for three of the first four weeks of competition....Show More Summary

Jen and April Conclude Stellar Career

The cancellation of the women's final in St. Petersburg, Florida last weekend meant that Jen and April didn't get the chance to go for one last win together. Instead, they'll share the victory with the next up and coming women's pair, Emily Day and Summer Ross. Show More Summary

AVP Finals Suspended in Florida Due to Weather

The AVP held its fifth of seven tournaments in St. Petersburg, FL las weekend, but finals action was interrupted by Mother Nature. A storm rolled in during the men's final that forced the tournament to fold up its tents, which were pretty much blowing away in 50 mph winds. The women's final was not played.... Read Full Post

NCAA Women: Two Big Upsets Shake Up Rankings

Ah, the upset. I love them. And this week, we saw two huge ones. Granted, it is still technically the pre-season and this part of they year tends to be a little topsy turvy. But still, who would have expected that when the No. 1 USC Trojans traveled down to No. Show More Summary

New USA Talent Adds Excitement to Post-Olympic Year

Volleyball is a great sport. Fun. Exciting. Fast. But if there's ever a year that fans could be forgiven for taking a break from watching our national teams compete, it is the year after the Olympics. Usually after the closing ceremonies, our top tier players either retire or head overseas. Show More Summary

Beach: Kessy/Ross, Patterson/Gibb Log Second Wins on AVP Tour

Up until this point, through the first three tournaments of the AVP's seven-event season, we saw a new pair win each weekend on both the men's and women's sides. This week that changed for both genders as Jen Kessy and April Ross and Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson each won their second titles of the summer.... Read Full Post

Dave Shoji Is Winningest Coach in Women's Volleyball

Women's volleyball has a brand new winningest coach. Hawaii's Dave Shoji won his 1,107th match on Friday, beating Santa Clara in four sets to break the tie with retired UCLA coach Andy... Read Full Post

NCAA Women: USC, Texas Rise to Top

As pre-season play rolls on, there are as usual lots of changes in the rankings. This week's AVCA Coaches Poll crowned a new No. 1 as the USC Trojans topped the list. I was kind of expecting Texas to back at No. 1 considering they just came off of a tough tournament in which they beat both last week's No. Show More Summary

Volleyball Kick Save Makes SportsCenter

By some sort of miracle, volleyball actually made ESPN's Top Plays yesterday. It only irks me a little that they only way volleyball makes the national sportscast is with a kick save. While I'll admit that kick saves are fun to watch, I sort of hate that they're legal. That said, this was a nice play by a high school player and a nice recovery by her team.... Read Full Post

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