The DVB Christmas present: Lots of volleyball notes and links for you


Was the NCAA women’s title match less than a week ago? Feels like forever. Such is the case when you have that and the AVCA Convention the week before Christmas. You come home and put it in overdrive — and not for volleyball.

But back to volleyball.

Our attention at will quickly turn to the NCAA men’s game, what’s happening on the international scene, keeping up with the NCAA women’s beach game, club volleyball and, well, that’s enough to think about for now. I’ll have a personal year in review some time in the next few days. In the meantime:

Nebraska still basking in the victory glow

Nebraska’s win in Omaha last Saturday night produced plenty of stories and video reports. Let’s start with this one from the Omaha World-Herald about how former Huskers players helped the current ones. Speaking of which, our interview with one former Nebraska player, Dani Busboom Kelly, was a big hit on this site.

Think Nebraska fans were excited? Check out this video from KETV Omaha.

And here is the Lincoln Journal Star’s story about the return home and subsequent celebration for the Huskers.

Texas, of course, lost in that title tilt.

The Austin American-Statesman has this season wrap-up with a look toward 2016. The Longhorns lose some great seniors, but have a strong core returning and in addition to recruits, gain two big-time players who missed most of this season because of injuries, Ebony Nwanebu and Micaya White.

The Pioneer Press in Minneapolis-St. Paul has a similar story about Minnesota, which had a heck of a season. There is every reason to think the Gophers will be a top team again in 2016. Here is the story.

Coaching carousel

There are still job openings out there, but not at NC State where the Raleigh, North Carolina, school hired former Arizona State assistant Linda Hampton-Keith. Here is the NC State release.

Tulane hired former Baylor coach Jim Barnes. Here’s the story from the Times-Picayune/

Among the jobs still open are Arkansas, Middle Tennessee, Northwestern and Texas Tech. When some of those jobs get filled, especially if it’s by current head coaches, the carousel will start spinning.

The year in the Pac-12

It was another great season for the women in the Pac-12, most notably USC senior Samantha Bricio being named AVCA national player of the year and Stanford’s Hayley Hodson named the freshman of the year. Seven Pac-12 teams made the NCAA Tournament. Here is the league’s full release.

Girls Junior National Qualifiers

They are the biggest gatherings of the club season until the respective national tournaments and the first is in late February, the Colorado Crossroads in Denver February 27-29. From there there’s pretty much one every weekend, give or take, and USA Volleyball has a list organized for you right here.

FIVB year in review

If you want to know everything that happened on the beach in 2015, the FIVB has it for you here.

Volleyball Nova Scotia takes a stand

This is straight from the CBC news story:

Volleyball Nova Scotia is temporarily changing the way the sport is played in the province by allowing a young transgender athlete to play with the members of the sex that person identifies with.

Paul Worden, the president of the group, said he was contacted earlier this month by a coach asking for the change. Worden sent an email to members of the Nova Scotia volleyball community, asking for their thoughts.

“I wouldn’t say there was any debate. I put the temporary ruling out through email to our constituency,” he told CBC Radio’s Mainstreet. “We received nothing but resounding support.”


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