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Carroll video

Posted by devo on November 15, 2009

Thanks to the Yoga Volley Forli blog translated –  for this link to Legavolley web tv, where you can watch Aussie Paul Carroll playing for Forli against Perugia.

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Carroll “the hurricane”

Posted by devo on November 2, 2009

Aussie Paul Carroll scored 27 points to help Yoga Forlì defeat Monza  in the Italian league.

ACQUA PARADISO MONZA – YOGA FORLì 2-3 (19-25, 25-20, 26-24, 24-26, 14-16) ~ match report at Volleyb@ll.it ~ translated

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Paul Carroll

Posted by devo on October 23, 2009

Thanks to Francesco from Italy for these shots of Aussie Paul Carroll in action for Yoga Volley Forli. You can also see Nathan Roberts in a couple of the shots.

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Yoga Volley Forli video

Posted by devo on October 21, 2009

My corresspondent reports that Simone at Yoga Forli Volleyball makes up movie clips on youtube and runs the Forli volleyball blog. My correspondent also reports that he watched a Forli game on Tele1 the other night. “It wasn’t bad, but I had no idea what was being said!”

The games of Yoga Volley Forlì can be seen streaming on http://www.tele1.it/ every Tuesday at 5:30 pm and every Wednesdays at 9:30 pm Italian time. A chance to catch up on Aussie Paul Carroll playing in Italy.

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Aussie vs Aussie photo

Posted by devo on October 14, 2009

Yoga Volley FORLI v Aran Cucine Abruzzo PINETOAussie Nathan Roberts tries to penetrate the triple block that includes Aussie Paul Carroll.

You can check out all of Forli’s match photos from the Italian league here.

Yoga Volley FORLI v Aran Cucine Abruzzo PINETO ~ click to enlarge ~ photos courtesy of Francesco Di Leonforte
~ match program using the first picture: forli_14ottobre09_latina

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italy – best league in the world?

Posted by markleb on September 26, 2009

Italian volleyball has taken a bit of a hit in the last few years. The performance of it’s National Team has been in decline for the last four or five years and it’s reputation for having the best and most important league was already clearly diminished (no Russians, few Brazilians, no Miljkovic, more and more of the best players playing outside Italy, TV company pulling out) even before the events of the last months.

To cut a long story short (also because I don’t know the details), one club, Pineto, was kicked out of the league during the summer due to some irregularities in procuring the licence from Milano for the previous season.  In it’s place, Forli’, who were relegated at the end of the season, were given a reprieve and a place in A1 for 2009-10.  Although this took place very late in the summer, technically after the market closed, Forli’ were very excited and announced as their first big signing, Paul Carroll. They managed to fit together a few more pieces of a team and were ready for the season.

In the meantime, Pineto appealed the decision of the league to the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI, which has ultimate sporting power in Italy).  Eventually CONI passed down it’s decision.  The league were wrong to replace Pineto, and they should have their place back in the league.  Pineto were very excited and announced their first big signing, Nathan Roberts. They subsequently signed a few other players from the ones who were left over from the official market and Forli’s signings.

So, a dilemma.  Three weeks before the start of the season there were suddenly 15 teams with the ‘right’ to participate in the 14 team league.  All schedules were abandoned as they tried to figure out what to do.  There were three possibilities.  They could keep 15 teams, they could kick out Forli’ or they could go against CONI and kick out Pineto.  The early money was on a 15 team league, but no quick decision was forthcoming.  Last weekend was the presentation of the league with the Supercup (between the league winners and cup winners) and still no decision.  During the meetings around the Supercup, they did make one decision: the league would begin on September 27th.

All week there has been no news.  On the league website there was no program and not even a list of teams who are participating in the league.  All day Friday 25th, no news until 4pm.  The announcement was made that Forli’ will go down to A2 and Pineto will play A1, in a 14 team league.

So Devo’s breathless news that there will be 3 Australians playing in A1 turned out to be a little premature.  There will be two, Dan Howard and Nathan Roberts.  And 1 in A2.  And Italian volleyball takes another hit.

There is a quite good article in Italian entitled “Italian Volleyball reopens the ‘Culture of Excuses” written just after the European Championships debacle.  I can’t imagine what an auto translate will make out of it, but there it is…

UPDATE – Oddly Forli’ aren’t entirely happy with the latest decision.  They have filed an appeal, including an injunction to delay the start of the Championships.  That decision will be made today.

UPDATE 2 – The court ruled to postpone the two matches including Forli’ and Pineto, with a final judgement to be handed down on Tuesday.  The rest of the matches will take place as programmed.

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Aussies OS 09/10

Posted by devo on August 6, 2009

_2009_sfv_lauren_bertolacciContracts are being signed, and players are heading to new clubs. If you know of any new movements, please let me know, as I hope to start updating the Aussies OS page next week.

We’ve already reported on Paul Carroll who will play in Italy with Yoga Volley Forlì Tom Bawden has signed in Germany with Volleyball Club Franken, Steve Keir has signed to Rennes in France and Shayla Chalker has taken up an assistant coaching position at Quincy University.

The latest news is that Lauren “Lozza” Bertolacci is off to Spain, where she will play in the Volleyball Superliga Femenina (Royal Spanish Volleyball Federation) for Traysesa Santa Cruz who will be playing as CV Cuesta Piedra this season. “The player … arrives at the Tenerife entity to lead the team in its first participation in the Superliga women.” more

And Andy “Roy” Earl is playing again in the Czech Republic for Odolena Voda.

And Ed Binnie will be an Assistant Coach with Columbia University

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Paul Carroll signs in Italy

Posted by devo on July 31, 2009

Aussie volleyballer Paul Carroll is off to Italy. He will play with Yoga Volley Forlì in the new season of series A1 2009/2010.

see also: Legavolley ~ volleyb@ll.it

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Carroll honours continue

Posted by devo on June 18, 2009

carroll-spikeIn the July 2009 issue of Volleyball Magazine, Paul Carroll of the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team was named the publication’s National Player of the Year.

Carroll (Forster, Australia) had already been named National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. He also earned the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Player of the Year award and the MPSF Tournament MVP honor. more@Pepperdine

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USA volleyball positions

Posted by devo on May 25, 2009

The recent success of Paul Carroll and others in the US college system, has lead to an increased interest in Australia as a source of potential male volleyball players for college teams. Aussie girls have been using the US college system to their advantage for some time. Female teams are allowed 12 full scholarships compared to the male teams of only 4.5 full scholarships. I have had several coaches mail me for info on Aussie players; how to access them; local processes …

I like the Paul Carroll model. Okay, Paul is an exceptional athlete and not everyone will be able to emulate him. But this year he will head to Europe (no contract signed yet if my info is correct) and will have no trouble gaining a position on a team. If he falls next week and his knee explodes we will all be devastated, but he will have a career to go to. Volleyball and Uni degree – a great combination.

Pepperdine must be looking for the next Paul Carroll. I have heard a whisper that they are very actively looking. And a Pepperdine experience, followed by European volleyball, has got to be better than Scandinavian volleyball; the apparent AIS prefered route. Certainly better for the athlete’s future. Few will be able to retire on their club earnings.

And the American route is not just for elite volleyballers – but you must be on the edge of  national selection and have good academic results – many “good” volleyballers have found success in lower ranked teams in the US system. There are certainly people in Australia who can give you good advice if you are interested. I can pass you on to someone if you would like. But you must start preparing early. Certainly give yourself a full year to get the paperwork done, freshman year of college starts around August each year.

Another route would be to attend Pepperdine coach Marv Dunphy’s camp. My info is that 3 Aussie guys are attending the camp this year.

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Carroll AVCA National Player of the Year

Posted by devo on May 7, 2009

Paul CarrollSenior opposite Paul Carroll of the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team capped off his brilliant career by being named the National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday night.

Carroll (Forster, Australia), a three-time AVCA All-American first teamer, was previously named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Player of the Year and the MPSF Tournament MVP earlier this week. With only this weekend’s NCAA Championships yet to be played, Carroll should end up as the nation’s kill leader for the second straight year. more@Pepperdine

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Paul and Pepperdine lose conference final – post 2

Posted by devo on May 5, 2009

From our California based Correspondent:

Prior to the match, Pepperdine’a Australian team captain, Paul Carroll, was focussed on a win, the only option in these circumstances; their opposition USC had the same frame of mind. The team’s three seniors had their graduation at Pepperdine that morning, sitting for several hours in the hot sun overlooking Malibu and the Pacific. It was a very unforgetable event.

As soon as the three seniors had received their diplomas, they were whisked away by one of the team managers for the drive to Irvine, some 60 kilometres away. To explain this trip and the LA traffic, I will attempt to create a picture using words. First it is south on the PCH, (Pacific Coast Highway or Highway1) then east on the 10 followed by south on the 405 until we reach Irvine where the finals are being played. Traffic on the PCH is murder on weekends, it is a long slow twin lane conga line, just a few steps forward each time, not steps back. Once that 15 miles of PCH is endured a short fast run on the 10 until we hit the 405. If we thought the PCH was murder, the 405 is a massacre. Seven lanes headed in both directions. All lanes are packed with cars all at nearly a standstill. However, there is hope, the lane at the centre of the freeway is the car pool lane, this can be used by cars that hold 2 or more people. As the LA traffic is used by cars that mostly carry only one person, that lane has very few cars in it travelling at the speed limit 65MPH, or California speedway speed of 75MPH. The six lanes of carpark have to be traversed first making numerous ememies of LA drivers as we move across the carpark, hoping that none of them use the freeway as a firing range to practice their pistol or automatic weapon shooting. (A local pastime apparently)

The game: Pepperdine had a large vocal student representation, and a doubly large malibu resident and relatives supporter group, equally vocal. USC had a similar level of support, although these were looked down upon by the Pepperdine supporters as LA university trash. The USC students gave out plenty of trash talk, mainly directed at our players, Paul Carroll copped heaps but did not appear to hear it. As soon as the match started the USC guys did not appear to play exceptingly well, but the waves played extremely poorly losing both sets that caused embarrassment to both players and supporters. The third set was different, it looked as if during the early stages of the match the team woke up, looked around them realizing they were actually in a volleymatch with 1800 screaming people looking at them. They started to play and did so for the remaining three sets, but in the end with both teams pouring in the heavy fire, the Waves dropped to a ripple, ending the deciding set 19/21.

Above all it was a great game to watch. see P&P 1

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Paul and Pepperdine lose conference final

Posted by devo on May 4, 2009

After recovering from a 2-0 deficit, the #2 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team had a couple of chances to win its second consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament title, but #4 USC was able to hold on for a marathon five-game victory (30-23, 30-25, 20-30, 26-30, 21-19) in the championship match at the Bren Events Center on Saturday night.

Senior opposite Paul Carroll (Forster, Australia), the MPSF Player of the Year who went through graduation on the Malibu campus earlier today, tied his own school single-match record for kills in the rally-scoring era with 37. He had nearly half of Pepperdine’s team total of 76 kills.

USC (20-10) claims the MPSF’s automatic berth to next week’s four-team NCAA Championships. Pepperdine (22-5) and #1 UC Irvine are the top candidates for the lone at-large berth. more@pepperdine

If Pepperdine does not get the wild card entry into the NCAA championships then Paul’s college career has finished. He has the benefit of a University degree; and has in many ways set his future life up far better than many of our current OS athletes. Being one of the top players in the world has contributed to this, of course, but I can’t help but wonder if the Europe via a US college degree isn’t the best model for our young volleyballers to aspire to. Paul will have certainly got those US scouts casting a look at the next crop of young Aussies. If rumours are correct, Paul has already signed a financially beneficial contract with a European club. Good luck Paul.

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Pepperdine to conference final

Posted by devo on May 1, 2009

The best collegiate volleyball player in America is an Australian. Paul Carroll of Pepperdine, a 6-foot-8 senior who sent out e-mails and DVDs four years ago looking for a college after being a teenage standout in Australia, had 33 kills in helping the Waves defeat Cal State Northridge, 27-30, 40-38, 30-26, 30-23, Thursday night in a semifinal match of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament at UC Irvine’s Bren Center.

No. 2-seeded Pepperdine (22-4) advances to Saturday’s 7 p.m. final against the winner of the match between No. 1 Irvine and No. 5 USC. The tournament champion will earn an automatic berth to next week’s NCAA Final Four. more

UPDATE FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT

Devo,  What a great game it was last night, two large tribes of supporters, Northridge had one side of the stand and the Pepperdine supporters the other. Both sides wearing their respective colours. Pepperdine were a bit shaky in the first set, Northridge showed their strength and maintained it throughout. The second set showed Pepperdine come out stronger and basically they played head to head with Pepperdine taking the set 40 to 38. That was a great morale booster for the team. The third saw them maintain their strength and lead, the fourth was a replica.
The both crowds were very noisy in their support of their teams, Pepperdines group were more subduesd as many are elderly Malibu residents who support their local team. On the other side the Northridge had a couple of groups of hecklers, although on this occasion it did not effect our guys, just made them stronger until the hecklers quit.
We will be looking forwards to a great match on Saturday.

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Paul Carroll: best of both worlds

Posted by devo on April 29, 2009

A nice piece on Paul Carroll: more@pepperdine

Dunphy said he believes Carroll has the right tools to play professionally for many years to come.  “I think he can have a long career in the sport because he doesn’t rely just upon his jump or just his arm,” Dunphy said. “He has the skills to play the game, too. I see a bright future for him.”

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Pepperdine keeps winning

Posted by devo on April 27, 2009

The #3 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team used effective blocking and hitting to defeat #8 Long Beach State in four games (30-28, 30-25, 23-30, 30-27) in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament quarterfinal match at Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday night. Aussie Paul Carroll was again the team’s top scorer.

The second-seeded Waves (21-4) now advance to the MPSF semifinals to face third-seeded Cal State Northridge next Thursday (April 30) at 5 p.m. at UC Irvine. The top-seeded Anteaters will face fifth-seeded USC in the other semifinal at approximately 7:30 p.m. more@Pepperdine

Recently I posted about Paul’s Senior night – where finishing senior players are recognised at their last home game of the regular season. Paul was called out with his mother, father and elder brother and (one of two mentors) Luke. He was presented with an enlarged action photo board. Presentations were also made to two other Seniors McKee and Powers. A significant change to normal proceedings took place before the start of the match with the playing of the Australian National Anthem, prior to the US anthem.

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Carroll conference MVP

Posted by devo on April 24, 2009

Pepperdine senior opposite Paul Carroll has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Player of the Year for men’s volleyball, the league office announced today.

Carroll earned All-MPSF honors for the fourth time, including a spot on the first team for the third straight year … Carroll (Forster, Australia) is leading the nation in kills for the second straight year. An AVCA All-American first teamer the last two years, he is averaging 6.29 kills, 2.15 digs, 1.04 blocks and 0.29 aces while hitting .395. He’s been named the AVCA Player of the Week twice this season and the MPSF co-Player of the Week three times. more@pepperdine

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Pepperdine Student-Athlete Honors Dinner

Posted by devo on April 21, 2009

A few hundred student-athletes, coaches and staff members celebrated Pepperdine University’s Second Annual Student-Athlete Honors Dinner on Sunday night in Firestone Fieldhouse. Awards were given for the Athlete of the Year, the Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Wave of the Year to both male and female recipients.

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (Men’s) – Paul Carroll

Paul Carroll (Forster, Australia) has been perhaps the most feared hitter in all of collegiate men’s volleyball the past few years. This past weekend, he became just the fourth player in Pepperdine’s history to record 2,000 career kills. A two-time, and likely three-time, All-American first teamer, Paul led the nation in kills last season and is leading the nation again this season. On the school’s career lists, he ranks third in kills, third in service aces, fourth in points and eighth in digs. He holds many of Pepperdine’s single-season and single-match records from the rally-scoring era. Paul will also earn his fourth All-MPSF selection later this season. He’s been named an AVCA National Player of the Week five times in his career, more than any other player in Pepperdine history, and MPSF Player of the Week awards six times. One of the top young players in the world, Paul was named Volleyball Australia’s Male Player of the Year in 2008. He is a business administration major. more@pepperdine

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Carroll continues blitz

Posted by devo on April 10, 2009

UCLA had multiple game points in both the first and third games, but Paul Carroll’s top-ranked Pepperdine men’s volleyball team pulled off a pair of dramatic comebacks in a three-game sweep (35-33, 30-26, 33-31) of a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday night.
Pepperdine, which got 38 of its 53 kills from senior opposite Paul Carroll (Forster, Australia) and senior outside hitter Matt McKee (Aurora, Ill./Aurora West HS), had to come back from deficits of 29-23 in the first game and 29-27 in the third game against the ninth-ranked Bruins. The Waves (19-2 overall, 17-2 MPSF) won their 10th straight match

“Carroll just hit better than we can block,” coach Al Scates said. “Even when we knew the ball was going to him, he would take whatever we gave him.” Carroll currently leads the nation in kills per game, averaging 6.15. He notched 23 against the Bruins. “They don’t pass well, but they don’t have to,” Scates said. “We are bringing the heat, but they get the ball to Carroll and he puts it away. You just throw it up anywhere, and he just goes and gets it. He is a tremendous player.”

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Carroll receives 2nd national player of the week

Posted by devo on February 24, 2009

The Pepperdine men’s volleyball team has risen to the #1 ranking in the country and senior opposite Paul Carroll has earned National Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, (his career 5th) the AVCA announced today.

For the season, Carroll leads the nation with 6.31 kills per set and is also averaging 2.19 digs, 1.17 blocks and 0.28 aces while hitting .392.

The Waves continue their four-match homestand this week with contests against #4 Cal State Northridge (Wednesday, Feb. 25) and #13 UC Santa Barbara (Saturday, Feb. 28). Both matches are at 7 p.m. Subscribers to “Wave Casts” can watch the matches live at http://www.pepperdinesports.com. more@ Pepperdine

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