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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

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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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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Watch Paul live today

Posted by devo on February 14, 2009

Today Paul Carroll‘s Pepperdine play Stanford at Stanford. They have free video streaming of the event. If I’m right, then their Friday night game will begin at 2pm Melbourne time on Saturday.

http://gostanford.cstv.com/sports/m-volley/stan-m-volley-body.html ~ http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=stan&media=102108 The second link should take you directly to the video. You might have to download their video program (Microsoft Silverlight). It takes 2 minutes and a computer restart. Good luck!

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More Paul Carroll

Posted by devo on February 4, 2009

Another article on Paul Carroll. The American college news network just can’t get enough of the young Aussie.

In this Pepperdine piece, Paul talks about volleyball post Uni, which he finishes this April, and of his intentions to head to Europe.

Over the years Pepperdine has garnered a reputation for welcoming in and turning out scores of high-performing male and female athletes. Many of these former Waves have taken their careers one step further by going pro, fulfilling the dream so many fantasize about but only an elite class of gifted athletes will ever achieve.

Senior Paul Carroll, Australian native and starting opposite hitter for the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team, will have his chance to join this exclusive club after he graduates in April. However, he has already reached an extraordinary plateau – he can definitively say he is his nation’s best player at his sport.

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Carroll with 19 kills

Posted by devo on February 2, 2009

carroll-spikeIn Saturday’s game in the USA, Stanford University had no answer for Pepperdine senior Paul Carroll, who finished with a game high of 19 kills.

Photo by Sam Rubinroit / TMT – click to enlarge

See the full article @ Malibu Times

Thunder can now be visualized.
It is 6 feet 9, with the capability of scaling towering blocks and launching a volleyball serve at up to 70 mph. Pepperdine’s Paul Carroll is the self-styled “Thunder from Down Under,” a left-handed opposite attacker who was named Australia’s best volleyball player. Last season, Carroll led the NCAA in kills (6.54 per game) and points (7.56 per game). more@ honolulu advertiser

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Carroll wins first conference game in Hawaii

Posted by devo on January 17, 2009

Strong winds have created havoc through the island chain. Third-ranked Pepperdine’s imposing block and multiple-attack offense did the same in the Stan Sheriff Center last night. The Waves rebounded from a slow start to daze and confuse No. 11 Hawai’i in a 24-30, 30-23, 30-24, 30-22 victory. It was the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation volleyball opener for both teams.

Last night, Paul Carroll received 48 of the Waves’ 145 sets, and he hammered a match-high 18 kills. But because the Warriors had to focus their block and backrow defense to Carroll’s side, that opened the way for outside hitters Cory Riecks (17 kills) and Matt McKee (14). “A lot of players played well,” Pepperdine coach Marv Dunphy said. “And we had Paul Carroll to go to whenever we got into trouble.”

Carroll welcomed the workload, despite a left shoulder that has been “troubling” the past few months. “In the moment of the game,” Carroll said, “it’s not a big deal.” Carroll added: “It was a bit of a slow start for us. It took a while for my shoulder to warm up. But by then, we found a little more confidence. Everybody was able to attack.” more@ honolulu advertiser

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Carroll MVP

Posted by devo on January 3, 2009

Aussie Paul Carroll’s Pepperdine Waves come up trumps in pre season comp.

The Brian Mallard Invitational finished where it left off three years ago as the Pepperdine University Waves from Malibu, Ca., won their third straight title. They needed five games to dispose of Budo International from Japan (25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-5).

Australian import Paul Carroll, a freshman in 2006 when the Waves won the tournament the last time it was held, was named most outstanding player. “We start our (NCAA) season in about two weeks, so it’s good to have a good start,” said Carroll. more @ Canada.com

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Nicole into Pepperdine Hall of Fame

Posted by devo on November 6, 2008

Women’s Volleyball Olympian Nicole (Sanderson) Hannan traveled all the way from Australia to Pepperdine University to receive her award as a 2008 Hall of Fame inductee.

“Nicole traveled half-way around the world to convince me to pay for her education to play volleyball for the Waves,” said women’s head coach Nina Matthies. While at Pepperdine Hannan became one of the first players in history to earn All-West Coast Conference first team honors four times. She graduated from Pepperdine in 1997 with a degree in sports medicine. She competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics for her native Australia and finished fourth in Beach Volleyball. “I came to Pepperdine from the other side of the world and made new friends, family and teammates,” said Hannan. “Nina always believed in me and taught me to believe in myself.” more@pepperdine

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Pepperdine loses NCAA final

Posted by devo on May 4, 2008

Aussie Paul Carroll‘s Pepperdine University lost the grandfinal of the college national title to Penn State today our time 1-3. I listened to the match here

Paul high scored the match with 35 kills. He contributed 3 aces and 8 digs. Paul was also selected in the finals’ all-tournament team.

set 1: Pepperdine 6-12, 9-16, 12-17 “Like a shrimp on the barbie, Carroll is getting hot now” 18-18, 21-19, 25-22, 27-26, 30-27

set 2: Pepperdine 4-4, “As impressive a young player as I’ve seen in a long time” 8-8, 11-11, “international experience showing through” 15-14, 15-17, 18-20, 20-23 “he’s got all the tools” 26-27, 27-27, 29-29, 31-31, 31-33

set 3: Pepperdine 5-5, 9-7 (Carroll 25 kills @ 41%) 12-14, 17-21, 21-25, 25-27, 25-30

set 4: Pepperdine 0-6, 2-8, 7-12 “we’ve got to squeeze Carroll” 11-15, 14-21, 19-27, 23-28, 23-30

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Paul Carroll into NCAA grandfinal

Posted by devo on May 2, 2008

In the NCAA semi-final today, Aussie Paul Carroll‘s Pepperdine University defeated Long Beach State 3-0 (30-26, 30-21, 30-26)

The other semi went to Penn State over Ohio State 3-1. The final will be on Saturday USA time. more

Junior outside hitter J.D. Schleppenbach hit a career-best .778 … He led a balanced attack that also featured a match-high 15 kills by junior opposite Paul Carroll (Forster, Australia) more

Junior Paul Carroll led the Pepperdine Waves to a 30-26, 30-21, 30-26 win over third-ranked Long Beach State on Thursday evening in the NCAA Championship semifinals at the Bren Events Center. Carroll recorded 15 kills and J.D. Schleppenbach 14 to lead the Pepperdine offense. The Waves won their fourth consecutive match to improve to 17-10 on the year. The 49ers ended their season at 23-7. more

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Carroll and the NCAA finals – Tournament site

Posted by devo on May 1, 2008

The Pepperdine men’s volleyball team takes aim at a sixth NCAA volleyball title starting Thursday, as the Waves earned the #2 seed for the four-team NCAA Championships following a dramatic victory in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament. Pepperdine opens with MPSF rival and #3 seed Long Beach State on Thursday night USA time. UC Irvine is the host of the event. Urvine have a great page set up for the tournament here.

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Paul Carroll to play NCAA Finals

Posted by devo on April 27, 2008

No matter how improbable it seemed a week ago, or especially when facing match point in the third game of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament final, the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team is the MPSF champion and is headed to the NCAA Championships.

The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Sunday, with one at-large team joining Pepperdine, Penn State and Ohio State. The NCAA Championships are May 1 and 3 at UC Irvine. more

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Paul Carroll on the internet

Posted by devo on April 27, 2008

UPDATE:
I have been “watching” the game on Game Tracker. Point by point scores, who did what, stats and a nifty animation of the action. Love it! Pepperdine found it hard early, but went on to win  3-2 (28-30, 28-30, 32-30, 30-27, 15-8: they play to 30)

ORIGINAL POST:
I had trouble connecting to the semi final match in the MPSF conference yesterday. Paul Carroll’s dad had a little more success. If you want to try at 12.00pm Melbourne time today, head to the Long Beach site.

Paul Carroll’s Pepperdine will be playing Brigham Young for the conference title, and the automatic entry into the National NCAA final four.

The Waves have one of those “you-can’t-stop-him, you-can-only-hope-to-contain-him” guys in 6-foot-7 Australian Paul Carroll, who had 57 kills in the two matches against BYU earlier this season. Carroll had 21 kills in the semifinal win over Long Beach State, including 10 in Game 3.

“Carroll is going to get his kills,” Patchell said. “We’re not gonna stop this guy. We’ve got to get some timely blocks and dig a few balls. Hopefully, we’ll play a well-balanced match.” more

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Paul Carroll’s Waves fight into final

Posted by devo on April 25, 2008

Paul CarrollAn outstanding performance by the #5 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team lifted the Waves to a three-game sweep (30-27, 30-22, 43-41) of top-seeded and #2 Long Beach State in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament on Thursday night at the Walter Pyramid. The match featured a tremendous comeback in game one by the Waves (15-10), who trailed 22-14 at one point, and game three tied the second-longest in MPSF history.

Junior opposite Paul Carroll (Forster, Australia) continued his outstanding play with a match-high 21 kills, including 10 in the decisive game three. He was the only Wave in double-figures and it was his eighth straight match with 20+ kills.

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