A Twist to the Polls

I thought I’d try an off speed hit and see if I could fool the defense this week. So with a new “twist”, I added the Canadian Men to the Polls (Yes, men’s Volleyball starts earlier in Canada than the USA and runs concurrently with women’s Volleyball) and separated NCAA DI and DII from the […]


Yes, there is a Hall of Fame for Volleyball, located in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and officially named the International Volleyball Hall of Fame. Last night (Saturday, 10/18/2014) the Hall held its 2014 induction ceremony and inaugurated six new members into this pinnacle of Volleyball achievement. “(Fame) I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly […]

The last set

No point in burying the lede — I’m stepping down as TNS managing editor. That, by the way, is nothing more than a title I made up for myself once upon a time, but I always liked the sound of it. It, as much as anything, sums up the position of running the show around […]

All Volleyball Retail Therapy

Even though we all love Volleyball, we still have to deal with life’s problems, concerns, and speed bumps. Retail therapy helps, and in St. Louis, retail therapy for Volleyball people means one and only one thing – All Volleyball, the coolest Volleyball store – even the coolest retail store – ever! “There’s a wonderful world […]

“We Gotta Get Out of This Place”

If I search for Volleyball on the Uverse search feature of my TV package, I can find about 300 or so Women’s College Volleyball matches (some are duplicates), all from NCAA Division I.  You never see an NAIA women’s match on TV.  It just doesn’t seem fair. And, it isn’t fair!

The Polls Are Smooth

The Women’s College Volleyball polls remained stable again this week with very little turmoil or change. Indeed, you could almost say it was a smooth week. “Man, it’s a hot one, like seven inches from the midday sun. Well, I hear you whispering the words that melt everyone, but you stay so cool… And if […]


Men’s college season has begun in Canada.  “Oh the prairie lights are burnin’ bright. The Chinook wind is a-movin’ in. Tomorrow night I’ll be Alberta bound. Though I’ve done the best I could, my old luck ain’t been so good and tomorrow night I’ll be Alberta bound.” From the song “Alberta Bound” by the legendary Canadian folk singer […]

The World Champion Is …….

USA won the FIVB Women’s World Championship for the first time today, downing a scrappy China team in four sets to claim the trophy. Put to music, then, it’s “Only in America where we dream in red, white and blue. Only in America where we dream as big as we want to. We all get […]

Strange Twist of Fate

“How Bizarre, How Bizarre, How Bizarre! Ooh baby (Ooh baby)! It’s making me crazy (It’s making me crazy)! Every time I look around (Look around). Every time I look around.” From the song “How Bizarre” by OMC.  And in a rather bizarre twist of fate, both favorites – Brazil and Italy – lost semi-final matches […]

Against All Odds

“Take a good look at me now, ‘cause I’ll still be standing here. You coming back to me is against all odds, but it’s the chance I’ve gotta take. Take a look at me now.”   From the song “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins. And just what are the odds for the rest of the […]

They Saw All Obstacles in Their Way

“I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) sunshiny day.”  From the song “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash and later popularized by Jimmy Cliff.  Both China […]

Tomorrow Could Be Too Late !

“Tomorrow could be too late, I wish I could change the day. Tomorrow could be too late, If only you had some faith.” From the song “Tomorrow” by the Cranberries. China and USA have their backs against the wall and must win tomorrow or they are eliminated from the Women’s World Volleyball Championship.  After crushing defeats in straight […]

Tuesday Afternoon

Tuesday afternoon brings us the new “Top Ten” in Women’s College Volleyball. As the song says, “Tuesday Afternoon, I’m just beginning to see, Now I’m on my way, It doesn’t matter to me, Chasing the clouds away.”  From the song “Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)” written by Justin Hayward and performed with uncanny skill and beauty […]

Monday Monday

Monday, October 6, was Day 14 of the FIVB Women’s World Volleyball Championship.  The pools for Round 3 were finalized, as was the match schedule. As the pools were being determined, maybe the six remaining coaches were thinking about the song “Rainy Days and Mondays” by the Carpenters. As the song says, “Talkin’ to myself […]

Motion at the Women’s World Championship

“Come on, baby, do the locomotion. Chug-a chug-a motion like a railroad train now. Come on, baby, do the locomotion.”  From the song “The Locomotion” written by the great Carole King and immortalized by Grand Funk Railroad.  Yes, there was a lot of motion – and some of it certainly was “loco motion” – in […]