Simply the Best (Have Whistle, Will Travel)

Bordering on legendary status as a Volleyball referee in the Lou (also known as the city of St. Louis, Missouri), Marty Prochko is without a doubt “Simply the Best” Volleyball official I have ever seen. My acknowledgment to Mike Chapman and Holly Knight, the writers behind those lyrics, and to Bonnie Tyler and Tina Turner, […]


The FIVB WORLD LEAGUE Men’s Gold Medal match between the US and Brazil will be shown on the NBC Sports network on Monday, July 28, at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.

Top to Bottom (and In Between, Too)

How do you rate the men’s college Volleyball programs?  It’s clearly more than just wins and losses, even though these two items are obviously part of the equation. What are the tangible and intangible factors, or if you will, the Blood, Sweat and Tears that make the spinning wheel go round? With acknowledgment to David […]

The “A” List – Abbreviations & Acronyms

Tonight let’s talk about the sometimes inane and seemingly innumerable abbreviations and acronyms that have sprung up and mushroomed around the sport of Volleyball.  These abbreviations and acronyms just seem to show up everywhere the game is played, watched, and enjoyed.  An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word used in place of that […]

Behind Every match – the Officials

Volleyball is a peaceful, idyllic game where everything is pleasant, sweet, and harmonious and the players are always courteous, respectful, civil, and considerate to their teammates, the opposition, and the fans, right?  Why do we need officials anyway? Can’t we all just get along? Unfortunately, even though Volleyball is a great game with great people, […]

US Men Capture Gold at World League!

The US Men’s National Team claimed the FIVB Volleyball gold medal today (Sunday July 20, 2014) with a convincing 3-1 (31-29, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23) win over top ranked Brazil at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy.  This victory marked the second FIVB gold medal for the US Team, propelling them into elite company with […]

FIVB The Hague Grand Slam, Championship Sunday

Two in a row, hooray~! Today’s beach volleyball championship Sunday takes us to The Hague, in the Netherlands, for what’s officially known as the “Transavia Grand Slam” (apparently it’s an airline). They must pay a pretty penny, because no other corporate sponsor has put their name in the actual title of the event. They also […]

After Hockey Season ….

Hockey is the undisputed sports king north of the US border in Canada, but the Canadians play some really good Volleyball as well. Just ask Marv Dunphy at Pepperdine; his Waves lost two exhibition matches to Canadian men’s college teams in the 2014 season. Canada has a population around 35,500,000 people, which is 11% of […]

Missouri Baptist to Host 2015 & 2016 NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 2014 Contact: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications NAIA Men’s Volleyball Sports Information Director 785.594.8495 l l 913.645.4111 ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men’s Volleyball search committee has announced that the 2015 and 2016 NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational Tournament Championships presented by Tachikara will be hosted […]

The Geography of Men’s College Volleyball

Way back in the fourth grade, I can still remember Sister Mary Catherine teaching all the youngsters about the geography and the state capitals of the United States.  I was confused back then why New York City was not the capital of the state of New York, since, after all, Oklahoma City was the capital […]

FIVB Gstaad Grand Slam, Championship Sunday

So I’ve been wanting to make posts like this one all beach-volleyball season, but this has really been my first opportunity. Okay, to be totally honest, I think I slept through one previous chance, but other than that one, my job has been a bit annoying about not letting me have Sundays off. I work […]

NAIA Men’s Volleyball – the Stepbrother

Often overlooked and sometimes ignored, but never forgotten by true fans, NAIA men’s Volleyball is an outstanding, high quality sports program that is nonetheless struggling to grow in the face of increasing battles with both the budget and the NCAA.  Since 2010, five schools have left the NAIA for NCAA DII: 1) California Baptist University […]

The Distant Cousin – the CCCAA

Nestled away in southern California, between San Diego and Santa Barbara, you’ll find the CCCAA (California Community College Athletic Association) Men’s Volleyball Conference. This Volleyball powerhouse consists of 15 community college teams split into two divisions, the Pacific Coast with eight teams and Western State with seven teams.  Play starts in early February and ends […]

First Contact, or, Live Long and Prosper

Time for a short homily on Volleyball. The first game of this illustrious sport was played on this date, July 7, in 1886 at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. However, volleyball was actually “invented,” if you can invent a sport, about 17 months earlier on February 9, 1885, at Holyoke, Massachusetts.  William G. Morgan, a […]

Big brother Still Rules (DI)

Big Kahuna. King of the Hill. Top Banana.  All of these terms describe the status of NCAA Division I Men’s Volleyball.  Anyone who has watched DI can’t help but be awestruck at the thunderous quicks, the walls of blocking, the precision sets, and the incredible digs found here.  The athleticism and the skill are undeniable, […]