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, […]

Middle Brother Helps Big Brother (DII Profile)

Happy Birthday America! Wow, 238 years old and still going strong. Like the musician John Mellencamp (or John “Cougar” Mellencamp if you’re old like me) said, “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.”! I wonder if the founding fathers, with their vast wisdom and foresight, ever envisioned anything like volleyball. Can you even imagine […]

“Little Brother Grows UP Fast” or DIII in Depth

Twenty years ago, I doubt if anyone other than a handful of small northeastern schools playing in the EIVA cared about men’s college volleyball (MCVB) in NCAA DIII athletics. Volleyball was the sport of the big schools and the West Coast, especially California. Now, however, with 73 teams primarily in the East, DIII men’s volleyball […]

How Many Volleyball Teams Fit on the Head of a Pin?

Did you ever wonder how many men’s college volleyball programs actually exist in this country?  Did you ever wonder if Carmen Sandiego even knows where all these programs are located? Did you ever wonder why we don’t see men’s college volleyball on TV with March Madness?  

Glad to Meet You

Greetings to the NetSet nation!  My name is Bill Harvey and I am pleased and honored to contribute to this blog about the greatest sport in existence. I would like to thank Aly for her kind words introducing me and I hope to live up to them. I live in St. Louis, Missouri, now and […]