Sometimes I think Volleyball is the Rodney Dangerfield of sports – that is, it doesn’t get any respect.  Asia, Europe, and South America all have thriving and immensely popular professional Volleyball leagues for both men and women; the USA, not so much. Why this lack of respect in the USA?  I don’t know why, but […]

That’s Just the Way It Is

There is no truth to the rumor that Tuesday is another Monday.  I know that fact because the new Tuesday Volleyball polls (NAIA and DIII) are out. And yes, there are a few changes this week. And, just the thought of change leads me to the song of the day – “Some Things Will Never […]

Manic Monday

Every hectic Monday brings three things: the end of the weekend, back to work, and the new Volleyball polls. We’ll look at NCAA women’s DI, DII, and CIS men tonight. And, speaking of hectic, or manic, Mondays, I am reminded of the song “Manic Monday” by the Bangles and written by Prince under the pseudonym […]


Weekends were made for Volleyball! Whether it’s playing the game, or watching the game, or watching your children play the game, or writing about the game, weekends were definitely made for Volleyball.

Change with Multiple Upsets

There will undoubtedly be some change in the women’s Volleyball rankings next week since there were four major upsets so far over the weekend.  A “number 1” and a “number 2” both faltered on the court and will probably pay for this stumble in the polls.

Wow! Volleyball on Sports Center?

Fresh from winning the 2014 AVP Women’s Championship in Huntington Beach, California, the duo of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross appeared on Sports Center and humiliated the hosts in a mock Volleyball match.


As most of you know, after two years of managing and publishing the Net Set, Aly Edge has moved on to other projects, although we may still hear from her occasionally as a “Guest Contributor.” Tonight I thought we’d reminisce about Aly and give her a proper send off. I really don’t know Aly very […]

Tuesday’s Almost Gone

New women’s college Volleyball polls are out, so Tuesday is almost done, or, metaphorically, as the song says, the day is almost dead. ”An’ I can’t tell you what to do, like everybody else I’m searchin’ through what I’ve heard. Whoa, where do you go when you don’t want no one to know? Who told […]

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 […]