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NCAA Men: Long Beach Leads the Poll in Week 1

Men's volleyball got underway last week with pre-season matches for all of the early leaders in the rankings. The result was lots of changes in the AVCA Poll from the pre-season rankings, which is par for the course. After the first weekend of play, Long Beach jumped three spots, replacing defending champs UCI at the top this week with 11 first place votes.... Read Full Post

Pepperdine Coach Nina Matthies Retires from Indoor Volleyball

In the holiday rush, there was a bit of news that slipped under the radar. Long-time Pepperdine women's volleyball head coach Nina Matthies announced that she would step down from indoor volleyball at the conclusion of the season.... Read Full Post

Lost Months: Part 2, World Champs Qualifiers (7-9 Sept 2013)

I try to write a post a month. That went well for about 4 years straight, until July this year. I was busy. Turns out being an amateur volleyball performance analyst is quite time consuming. It’s no excuse, but thought I’d fill in what I’ve been up to…. The weekend following the SA State League […]

AVCA End of Season Awards Spread the Wealth

2013 was a year full of parity with great players sprinkled all over the country. Instead of giving the award to one of the great players at a perennial powerhouse school, the AVCA chose a school that had never before held the Player of the Year honor. Show More Summary

Sport Court's New Look

Sport Court debuted a new look for the 2013 NCAA Final Four. Did you notice? Instead of a usual monochromatic court, the long-time supplier of court surfaces unveiled a new two-toned floor.... Read Full Post

Poll: Who Gets the Set?

Time for you to weigh in on a debate. I was speaking with another volleyball player and coach about the end of big matches. We saw a couple of intense moments over the weekend in the Regional Finals. So let's play a little game of "Who Gets the Set?"... Read Full Post

My Final Four Picks

This year's tournament is going to be hard fought to be sure. I don't really see anyone running away with it as sometimes happens. Whoever ends up with the national title in 2013 is going to be battle-tested.... Read Full Post

NCAA Women: Colorado State's Streak Broken, Mizzou Only Undefeated Team

There remains just one unbeaten team in all the nation and that is No. 4 Missouri. The other team that was on pace to join them was Colorado State. But the Buffs went into San Diego with a target on their back and San Diego State was more than happy to take aim. Show More Summary

Misty May-Treanor Announces Pregnancy

Three-time gold medalist Misty May-Treanor retired from the sport after the 2012 Olympics in London citing her desire to start a family. Well, the dream has finally come true for Misty and her husband, pro baseball player Matt Treanor.... Read Full Post

USA Teams Finish 2013 With Grand Champions Cup

The U.S. men's and women's teams are done for the year after concluding competition at the Grand Champions Cup. The round robin tournament in Tokyo featured six of the top teams in the world.... Read Full Post

UNC's Joe Sagula Logs 700th Win

Congratulations to Joe Sagula, long-time coach at the University of North Carolina for earning his 700th win. His team made it interesting, taking the match against Maryland to a full five sets. Down 14-13 in the fifth, Sagula's Tar Heels turned things around, winning the set 20-18.... Read Full Post

Volleyball Player's Murder Could Lead to New Cell Phone Legislation

Former St. Louis University volleyball player Megan Boken, 23, was killed in her car last August by a teenager who was attempting to rob her of her cell phone, among other things. Now, Boken's parents want to prevent other such tragedies by changing the way cell phone operate.... Read Full Post

NCAA Women: Stanford Moves Up to No. 3 in Final Week of Regular Season

Playoffs begin in just one week and this Sunday, the NCAA selection show will air on ESPNU to tell us just where our favorite teams will be placed in the tournament bracket. Next week we'll chat about the decisions and take apart some of the more interesting ones.... Read Full Post

POLL: Should Academics Trump Championships?

Alright, time to weigh in on another volleyball controversy. It seems that a freshman volleyball player at East Central College in Missouri is between a rock and a hard place. Hannah Leslie earned a scholarship to the school and helped her team earn a berth in the playoffs.... Read Full Post

Conference Championships Still Up For Grabs

There's no doubt which conference is the most competitive this season. The Big 10 boasts eight teams in the top 25 according to the AVCA Coaches Poll. The next best ranked conference has half that many, but the Pac 12's four teams include three in the top ten. Show More Summary

NCAA Women: Missouri Breaks Into Top 5

Just when it looked like the top teams would stay put for the remainder of the season, Week 12 brought a new team in the top five in this week's AVCA poll. Missouri jumped to No. 4 in this week's rankings after beating previously No....Show More Summary

USA Women 1-1 at Grand Champions, Russia Up Next

The No. 2 USA women lost to No. 1 Brazil in three sets on the opening night of play for the Grand Champions Cup in Japan. The young squad did... Read Full Post

War-Torn Afghanistan Takes Up Beach Volleyball

It's not easy to build a beach volleyball program in a country ravaged by war. But that is exactly what Yunus Popalzay of the country's volleyball federation is trying to do. Convinced that beach volleyball could be a very popular sport...Show More Summary

NCAA Women: Illinois Fights Way Back to Rankings

With just three weeks left in the regular season and the playoffs just around the corner it appears that Texas is going to keep its No. 1 ranking in the AVCA Coaches Poll for the remainder of the season. With just five games remaining on the schedule, the Longhorns have no ranked opponents left to play. Show More Summary

USA Men's Team OH Brad Lawson Sings Jason Mraz Cover

We know that our national team members are talented. But a few of them have talent that extends beyond their prowess on the volleyball court. You may have seen former Stanford volleyball player Brad Lawson sing the national anthem before a few of the U.S. Show More Summary

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