2014 NCAA women’s volleyball preview (2/8)

Here’s part 2 of our NCAA preview series, with a look at the full series: Part 1 – (Sun Belt, Northeast, Southwestern Athletic, Summit) Part 2 – (Atlantic Sun, America East, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Metro Atlantic Athletic) Part 3 – (Big South, Big Sky, Horizon, Ohio Valley) Part 4 – (Missouri Valley, Atlantic 10, Colonial Athletic, […]

Eye of the Tiger (Preseason Rankings)

“It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight. Rising up to the challenge of our rival. And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night. And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger.” Lyrics from the song “Eye of the Tiger” By Survivor.  Women’s Volleyball is […]

2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship Preview — Pool B

Here’s our second piece previewing the upcoming FIVB World Championship. Been incredibly busy at work this week, or I’d have liked to have had it out sooner. But, here we are. These are the teams in Pool B: Brazil Cuba Finland Germany South Korea Tunisia Let’s get to it. BRAZIL Current FIVB world ranking: 1st […]

VBFF (Volleyball Friends Forever)

“Thank you for being a friend, traveled down the road and back again, your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant.”  From the song “Thank You for Being a Friend” by Andrew Gold.  In club Volleyball, it seems like everyone knows everyone – or at least knows someone who knows that someone! The […]

More NAIA – Champions of Character

“We are the champions, my friends, and we’ll keep on fightin’ till the end. We are the champions, No time for losers, ‘Cause we are the champions of the world.” From the song “We Are the Champions” by Queen. Women’s college Volleyball teams (all 1,686 of them) begin their annual quest for a championship. We’ll […]

NAIA 2014 Women’s Overview

“So be true to your school now. Just like you would to your girl or guy. Be true to your school now. And let your colors fly. Be true to your school.” From the song “Be True to Your School” by the Beach Boys.” Just as the school year starts, Women’s Volleyball revs up and […]

2014 NCAA women’s volleyball preview (1/8)

It’s not just FIVB worlds that are fast approaching — the NCAA women’s season is also just around the corner. Rather than the (much too) overly-ambitious series I attempted last year, we’ll do it in 8 parts this year. And fair warning up front — it might spill into the regular season. But it’ll get […]

Topsy Turvy or As the Sports Turn

“To everything – turn, turn, turn. There is a season – turn, turn, turn. And a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to build up, a time to break down. A time to dance, a time to mourn. A time to cast away stones. A time to gather stones together.” From the song […]

Fathers and Sons in Volleball

“Every day I see a little more of my father in me. He’s in my eyes, my heart, my soul, my hands, my pride. And when I feel alone and I think I can’t go on I hear him sayin’ ‘Son you’ll be alright. Everything’s gonna be alright.’” From “Song for Dad” by Keith Urban. […]

2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship Preview — Pool A

The 2014 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship begins 30 August at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland. This will be our first look at the teams in the event. I’d love to do a team-by-team rundown as I have in the past, but there’s simply not enough time. So instead, we’ll go pool-by-pool. There’s 24 […]

Paperback Writer (Writer) of VB Books

“Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book? It took me years to write, will you take a look?”  “Paperback Writer” written by John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney and performed by the inimitable Beatles.  With club season rapidly approaching for the boys and young men, I thought we’d take a look at some […]


“These changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes, Nothing remains quite the same. Through all of the islands and all of the highlands, If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.” Jimmy Buffet, from the song “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”   More changes in the men’s college volleyball scene. The Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC), a […]

Quick set: August previews

So we’ve got a definite peak in the ebb-and-flow of the volleyball year-to-year schedule coming up. The FIVB World Championships begin on the 30th, and while I’m not sure precisely when NCAA women’s season starts, it’s right around that same time. It should be easy to tell which one will likely draw more of my […]

A Long Beach Grand Slam post-(post- post-)mortem

So it’s really no accident that I’ve been whipping up posts mostly on the weekend. It’s when I’m around to watch events, sure, but it’s also when I’m not exhausted from work. (It’s also why I make so little progress on my screenwriting on weekdays!) That’s why this one is about as late as it […]

Second Cup of Coffee

In the words of the great Canadian singer and songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, “I’m on my second cup of coffee and I still can’t face the day.” I’m not quite ready for the day, either. So, let’s have a second cup with the PQI and, just for fun, let’s add the CCAR (Conference Carolinas) and see […]