VB & Thanksgiving!

Volleyball and Thanksgiving.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I am thankful for my wife, our children, and the family unit we form.  They truly are my anchor and salvation in this world. However, I am also thankful for all of you Volleyball fans who love and grow our game. And please, let’s keep growing Volleyball together.

Volleyball Odds and Ends

Lots of Volleyball and tournament news coming up below. However, before we look at Volleyball, let’s offer a moment of silence for justice and an end to the violence in Ferguson, Missouri. The only song I can think is “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” by the New Seekers. “I’d like to teach […]

Hope for the Future

2014 DIII women’s Volleyball ended today with the championship match between the Emory Eagles and the Hope Flying Dutch.  In a five set thriller full of turns, twists, and counters, Hope defeated Emory by scores of 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, and 15-8 to claim their first NCAA Women’s Volleyball title.  So, Hope’s victory in this […]

Tourney Dreams

NCAA DIII and DII tournaments are in full swing. DIII wraps up tomorrow, Monday November 24, with a 1:00 PM Eastern Time match at Christopher Newport University between Emory and Hope. DII regionals are complete and only eight teams are left dancing with dreams of a national title. And, speaking of dreams, it brings us […]

Canadian Blend

Canada is a great country, known for hockey, the Rockies, Canadian whiskey, Toronto, Quebec City, Alberta, Ontario, wide open territory, beautiful skies, spectacular sunsets and the Mounties (RCMP), who always get their man. Tonight I’m going to write once again about Canadian Volleyball and the stellar level of men’s Volleyball played in Canada.  The Rockies, […]


NCAA DII Women’s Volleyball starts the tournament dance this Thursday, November 20, with eight-team regionals playing at eight campus locations. Regional competition will consist of single-elimination, best three-of-five-set matches. The winners of each of the eight regionals will advance to the finals December 4 through December 6, 2014, at Knights Hall on the Bellarmine University […]

Tournament Tuesday

We have seen our last poll this season for NCAA DIII and tonight’s NAIA poll is the final NAIA poll.  Both NAIA and DIII are now in tournament mode with the remaining schools all hoping to be the last survivor and win the tournament.  And, speaking of survivors, it reminds me of the classic song […]

Sunshine on Monday!

It’s Monday again. I know that fact because the new DI and DII Volleyball polls are out, I had a stack of stuff waiting for me at work, and, also, the calendar and my watch both say it’s Monday.  Lots of changes in the Volleyball polls and the St. Louis weather. 

DIII Dance

NCAA Division III women’s tournament is underway, with the Regional tournaments concluding today, Sunday, November 16, 2014. Of the 64 teams originally in the draw only eight are still left believing they can win this event. And, speaking of believing, our song of the day is “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.

NAIA Tournament In The Air

NAIA Women’s Volleyball has entered the conference playoff phase.  After conference playoffs conclude we enter the playoff round of the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship.  I can feel this event coming soon, which leads me to the obvious choice for tonight’s song – “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins.

CCAA Men’s Volleyball

Tonight I’d like to talk about CCAA, or the Canadian College Athletic Association, men’s Volleyball.  This organization represents the smaller post-secondary schools in Canada and is composed of five regional athletic conferences.

CIS Volleyball

The Golden Bears of Alberta are the clear favorites in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) Competition.  Alberta will venture south to play exhibition matches against USC and UCLA.  These matches will provide an excellent benchmark of the relative strength of the CIS. So, in the words of Gordon Lightfoot, we’ll be “Alberta Bound.”

More Polls and Nothing but More polls

New polls for NAIA and DIII are out.  Not much change this week, just a little trip between the teams in the middle of the top ten. And, speaking of a little trip, I immediately think of the classic song “Low Rider” by War.  Some great melody, chords, and instrumentation here.

VB and a Soldier!

This article is the fourth and final post of the series on Volleyball and Veterans. Today I want to talk about a Soldier whose life has been impacted significantly by Volleyball – Lieutenant Christopher M. Boldt. Time has slipped away for me lately and, although it’s been a few years since I talked to Chris, […]