The week past was a big one here at DestinationVolleyball.com Corporate Headquarters. The hits just keep on coming for the website and it’s really exciting. We really appreciate all the page views and the Twitter re-Tweets and favorites.
Friday night I watched a handful of matches and got a big kick out of the announcing by Brittany Hochevar and Trent Schlom at the UC Davis-at-Long Beach State match. It was refreshing to hear two people really know the game, articulate it on air, and have fun doing it.
All that being said, today has some nice NCAA matches to follow, including Minnesota at Penn State. Sunday’s slate is loaded, including Oregon at Arizona, Miami at Louisville, Arkansas at Texas A&M, Wisconsin at Ohio State, Kentucky at Florida and, the big one, USC at Stanford. The last one is awfully big awfully early.
Anyway, you may have noticed the picture topping the blog. It’s of Tulane’s Tea Juric, and the Green Wave won its American Athletic opener Friday night, beating visiting Tulsa in five to go 1-0 in the conference. It’s the first time Tulane, 5-27 last year, is over .500 in league play since 2013.
Tulane (6-6) plays host to SMU on Sunday with a chance to go over .500 overall. Thanks to Gregory Juan of dvbphotos.com for the shot.
Speaking of that Long Beach match, which the 49ers won in three, coach Brian Gimmillaro notched his 800th win. Here’s a nice feature about it before the match from the Long Beach Press-Telegram and here’s the recap from Long Beach State.
And here’s the video of the final point and Gimmillaro’s interview with the aforementioned Hochevar and Schlom.
Another coach is closing in on a milestone number. Bobbi Petersen, the coach at Northern Iowa, picked up victory No. 398 when her Panthers beat Southern Illinois in four on Friday night in Missouri Valley play.
BYU is now 11-1 and handed San Francisco its first loss on Friday. Here’s the story from the Salt Lake City Deseret News.
USA women back in action
After coming up essentially one set victory shy of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games at the FIVB World Cup earlier this month, the U.S. Women’s National Team will embark on its second chance to qualify for the Olympics during the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship being held Sept. 27 to Oct. 2 in Michoacan, Mexico.
Here’s the entire USAVolleyball.org story.
Lucena and Dalhausser win in China
From the FIVB: USA’s Nicholas Lucena/Philip Dalhausser claimed their first gold on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour on Saturday after beating Markus Böckermann/Lars Flüggen from Germany 2-0 (21-16, 21-17) in the final of the Xiamen Open. Click here for the full release.
Here’s a feel-good story about Denver University’s team that you’ll be glad you checked out.