This is a great morning to do a recap of what’s been happening in volleyball of late, starting with No. 5 Hawai’i’s big victory Friday night over previously unbeaten and No. 1 UCLA. And the two men’s teams play again tonight.
No. 2 Long Beach State had a nice win over No. 6 Stanford but gets rewarded with a visit from No. 9 Pepperdine tonight. There’s no time to catch your breath in the MPSF.
Before we get to those matches and more — we have lots of links to share — video chats on the schedule for this site in the upcoming week include Notre Dame coach Jim McLaughlin, new Arizona State coach Stevie Mussie and and MPSF player.
Meanwhile, back to the matches.
Not only did Hawai’i beat UCLA in four, it marked the 100th victory for coach Charlie Wade. There was a nice crowd, too, of 4,350, the biggest of the season for Hawai’i.
Stanford goes to Cal State Northridge tonight and then next weekend has Hawai’i for back-to-back matches.
On Thursday, No. 3 BYU swept No. 10 UCSB and the local Provo paper covered it. Here is the story.
UCLA is still leading the MPSF at 6-1. Hawai’i is 4-1 and Long Beach, Stanford, BYU and Pepperdine are all 5-2.
Fourth-ranked Loyola, the two-time men’s defending champion, swept Lindenwood on Friday in the MIVA opener for the Ramblers. Loyola drives to Quincy, Ill., tonight.
No. 13 Lewis was at Quincy on Friday and won easily. The Flyers go to Lindenwood tonight.
Also, No. 7 Ohio State has quietly won seven in a row and stands 8-2 overall, 3-0 in the MIVA after beating IPFW in four. Ball State visits Ohio State tonight.
Speaking of Ball State, here’s a nice feature about coach Joel Walton in the student paper.
Volleyball player goes into cardiac arrest, revived
You almost had to be living under a volleyball or rock this past week if you didn’t hear about Georgia volleyball player Claire Crawford, who had a heart attack on the court and was revived. Here is the amazing story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
And here’s a TV feature from Atlanta that includes interviews with Claire and her parents.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi coach Tony Graystone went to Texas Tech. So Texas A&M assistant Steve Greene went to the other A&M. Here’s the story.
Also, as mentioned earlier, Arizona State hired Penn State assistant Stevie Mussie and in a nice move that was well-received in the vball world, Cal Poly hired Todd Rogers to coach the beach team.
USC’s Mick Haley lost Tim Nollan to Grand Canyon, so he hired Kyle Weindel as a full-time coach, elevated Jason Kennedy to first assistant and added former USC star Nicole Davis as a volunteer. Here’s the release. And Illinois hired Erin Lindsey as an assistant
Beach ball in Iran
Women’s rights in Iran remains a story, but there’s been a volleyball connection. CNN has this feature that you should check out.
USA men to play at USC
It was a busy week for USA Volleyball, where longtime leader Doug Beal announced he will retire next January. Meanwhile, the USA men will play Japan on May 6 and May 11 at USC.
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