All I Wanna Do ….

THIS IS VOLLEYBALL (Actually, 5 of em) !   “All I wanna do is have some fun, I got a feeling I’m not the only one. All I wanna do is have some fun until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard.” From the song “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow. And, I’m […]

Points and Counterpoints

The World Championships Continue. This is Volleyball! Brazil dominates Russia.  Germany sweeps Iran. Point totals may determine who advances! So, lets “Jump up and down and move it all around. Shake your head to the sound. Put your hands on the ground. Take one step left and one step right, one to the front and […]

2014 NCAA women’s volleyball preview (Big South)

So this is Part 3 of the series. As the last post indicated, this one will be a lot more truncated than the previous ones, coming as it does 3 weeks into the season. In the names of getting them out as fast as possible, I’m gonna post each league as I get to it. […]

Pools and Polls

“I’m going back someday, come what may to Blue Bayou. Where the folks are fine and the world is mine on Blue Bayou.” From the song “Blue Bayou” written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and performed near perfection by Linda Ronstadt.  Many teams will have to return to the Blue Bayou of the World Championships […]

A bad time to go dark

Sorry for my absence the last two and a half weeks. And I really do mean that I’m sorry. It was not unavoidable. Sure, I’ve been busy, but not greatly more so than usual — and certainly not such that I should have disappeared off the face of the earth for two weeks plus, not […]

Tomorrow Was Too Late

THIS WAS VOLLEYBALL, at least for USA and Canada! “If today was your last day, and tomorrow was too late, could you say goodbye to yesterday? Would you live each moment like your last?” From the song “If Today Was Your Last Day” by Nickelback. Elimination struck both the USA and the Canadian men’s Volleyball […]

Teach Them Well

THIS IS VOLLEYBALL!  “And feed them on your dreams, the one they fix, the one you’ll know by. Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry, so just look at them and sigh and know they love you.” From the song “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. […]

Dire Straits (YIKES!)

“And after all the violence and double talk, there’s just a song in the trouble and the strife, you do the walk, you do the walk of life.” From the song “Walk of Life” by Dire Straits.  And, dire straits are where the USA Men’s team will be if they lose again. THIS IS VOLLEYBALL!

Of Polls and Poland

“At times I just don’t know how you could be anything but beautiful. I think that I am made for you and you were made for me.” From the song “Beautiful” by Gordon Lightfoot.  THIS IS VOLLEYBALL!

FIVB Sweet Dreams

“Sweet dreams are made of this, who am I to disagree? I travel the world and the seven seas, everybody’s looking for something.”  From the song “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics.  And 16 teams are indeed “movin on” and “looking for something” in the FIVB World Championship tournament in Poland.  “THIS IS VOLLEYBALL!”

Quick Set – Read All About It

Stanford Cardinal upends Penn State Nittany Lions in first match of Big 10/Pac 12 Volleyball Challenge in a seesaw match at Maples Pavilion on the Stanford campus.  The scores are shown below and more will follow tomorrow.

FIVB Action – WOW, Watch it!!

Aly wrote a great analysis of each of the 24 teams that qualified for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Tournament.  I’d like to supplement that analysis with an explanation of the format and the current standings.  The beIN Sports network is televising most of the World Championship action. From the 148 teams that initially […]

Somebody’s World is Gonna Get Rocked!

“We will, we will ROCK YOU! We will, we will ROCK YOU!” From the song “We Will Rock You” by Queen.  One team is going to get rocked when the top-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions cross paths with the second-ranked Stanford Cardinal this Friday in the Big Ten/PAC Twelve Volleyball Challenge.  Stanford has home court […]

Introducing WVOL on the SEC Network

I will never, ever forget the incredible introductions of the Chicago Bulls to the song “Sirius” (I Can Read Your Mind) by the Alan Parsons Project. I still shiver every time I hear that music and think about those great Bulls teams. However, from a Volleyball perspective, a far more important introduction occurred Saturday August […]

2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship Preview – Pool D

I’m fast-tracking this one to get it out before the event starts. Don’t worry, the NCAA series will go on, even now that college season has begun. And a quick aside on that — I didn’t dive into match coverage right away the last two seasons, so I don’t think I will this year either. […]