With the split of matches between Team USA and Team Poland this weekend in Krakow, Poland, Team USA wins Pool B of Group 1 while Poland joins the USA in the FIVB World League finals in Rio de Janeiro from July 15th through July 19th.
Fred Chao has resigned his position as head coach of the George Mason men’s Volleyball program after 17 years as head coach and three EIVA Coach of the Year awards. Chao had been a fixture in the athletics department at Mason since 1994, when he actually played for the Patriots. Good luck, Coach Chao.
Today is the 239th birthday of the USA!! Happy Birthday!!
We are down to the last week of Intercontinental (Pool) Play in the FIVB World League Championships for Groups 1 and 2 while the Group 3 finals take place this weekend. Let’s take a look at each of the three groups and their current status.
Team USA men’s national Volleyball team won a pair of tough matches from the Russian national team this weekend and is once again “driving the Pool B bus” for the FIVB World League group 1 finals in Rio de Janeiro. Playing before a very raucous and vociferous crowd in Kaliningrad, Team USA posted a 3 […]
Tomorrow at 12:10 PM ET, 11:10 AM CT, 10:10 AM MT, and 9:10 AM PT the USA men’s national Volleyball team will play the Russian national team in Kaliningrad. The match will be televised live via YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnEdm0ii9O4
World League play marches on this weekend, toward the group finals. There are three separate groups in this year’s World League and each group will have its own finals in a different location.
Tonight let’s continue to talk about Olmstead and Olmstead, but we’ll focus on Heather Olmstead, the newly appointed head women’s Volleyball coach at BYU and only the sixth women’s head Volleyball coach in BYU history.
BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe did something that has never been done before. He concurrently named a brother and sister, Shawn and Heather Olmstead, as the head Volleyball coaches for a Division I athletics program. Heather will replace Shawn as the head women’s Volleyball coach as Shawn assumes the head coaching position for the men.
Shawn Olmstead has been named the BYU Cougars men’s head Volleyball coach, replacing Chris McGown. Olmstead, who last year guided the BYU women’s team to a runner-up finish in the NCAA tournament, takes over a men’s program loaded with talent, including All–American Ben Patch, who returns from an LDS mission.
Iran swept the USA men’s Volleyball team for the second time in three days, this time by 25-20, 25-21, and 25-19 scores. This second loss to Iran leaves Team USA perilously in first place in Pool B by one point before traveling to Kaliningrad for the June 26th and 28th matches with Team Russia.
Iran’s National Men’s Volleyball team swept Team USA Friday with a resounding 3 – 0 (25-19, 29-27, and 25-20) World League victory. This loss removes USA from the undefeated World League teams and tightens the Pool B race for the World League finals since only the top two finishers from each pool advance.
Basketball and Volleyball are kindred sports in many ways. Both sports originated in YMCAs in Massachusetts, only 4 years apart time wise. The “inventors” of the two sports actually knew each other. In many instances, the two sports require similar skills. In the US, however, popularity widely separates the two sports.
Once again the World League has grown, and the 2015 edition has 32 teams in competition, up from the 28 teams of 2014. There are three separate groups in this year’s World League and each group will have its own finals in a different location.
Look at these neat facts and figures from the FIVB World league this year. I especially liked the amount of prize money. We are growing!