Before we get started, two things: Check out my DVB video chat with Tennessee coach Rob Patrick just across the way here at and then listen in live or to the podcast as I go on The Net Live with Kevin Barnett and DJ at 11:30 Pacific, 1:30 Central. Pretty fired up to make my TNL debut.

Poland 3, USA 1

They’re no longer unbeaten in the FIVB World Cup. The U.S. men’s national team lost to Poland in four sets Monday in Tokyo. The U.S. dropped to 8-0 while Poland is 9-0.

The U.S. Men will play Russia (7-2) on Tuesday at 1:10 a.m. PT. Russia lost its second match of the tournament to Italy on Monday, 3-0. Teams at the World Cup play 11 matches in 16 days in a round-robin format. The top two teams qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Get all the info from USA Volleyball by clicking here.

Florida bests Florida State

If you were able to check it out, the match in Gainesville was a great way to wrap up a really strong NCAA volleyball weekend. No. 5 Florida won in four and has to be considered one of the handful of teams we might see in the final four in Omaha. The prediction here is Florida goes unbeaten in the SEC.

And don’t sleep on No. 18 Florida State, which is team to beat in the ACC.

Here’s the recap from the Florida side.

Here’s the recap from Florida State.

Thanks to Lorraine Hoffman of Florida Athletics for the photo.

Bluegrass battle

Another really fun one was No. 24 Kentucky beating visiting Louisville in four in another great in-state rivalry.

For the Kentucky recap, click here.

For the Louisville side of things, click here.

Shanghai to Wyoming

My man Tim Kelly of texted yesterday to tell me the match was being streamed.

He was with a team from Shanghai, which was playing at the University of Wyoming. I would have to imagine it’s the first time a team from Shanghai competed in any sport in Wyoming.

Here’s the story from the local newspaper.

USA Junior men finish 11th

The U21 team beat Iran in five to finish 11th just as it did in 2013. The team went 4-4 in the tournament in Mexicali, Mexico. For the USA Volleyball report, click here.

And finally, the VBR connection

Louisiana-Lafayette went to Texas State on Sunday to open Sun Belt Conference play and from this end it was really special, because it involved three of our former Volleyball Baton Rouge players, all freshmen.

Sydney Davis, Madison Daigle, Hanna Rovira, Trey Cruz after their match Sunday at Texas State.

Texas State won and our own Madison Daigle led with 13 kills in 22 swings and only two errors to hit .500. Sydney Davis and Hanna Rovira play for Louisiana-Lafayette and their 18s coach for VBR, Trey Cruz, is now an assistant at ULL. It was the first time the ULL three had seen Madison since the season started and it was a happy reunion.


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