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USA seasons ending

Posted by devo on November 23, 2009

Christie Naumann – Lock Haven Uni – The Lock Haven University volleyball team was downed 3-1 tonight by host California (Pa.) University (36-5) in the 2009 Atlantic Region Championship match. The Lady Eagles went a remarkable 34-6 in ’09 and were 17-2 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action. Lock Haven took home the PSAC East regular season title and finished as PSAC Tournament Runners-up.  Naumann was a two-time PSAC Player of the Week. She was third on the team in kills with 281. She also has 257 digs and 45 aces. more

    Rachel Rourke – Mark Barnard (C) – Ross Sullivan (A)– Oregan State Uni – The Beavers fell in three to No. 15 USC (21-25, 19-25, 13-25) on Saturday evening. Senior Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) posted a 10 kill match, also leading the team defensively in the backcourt with eight digs. Oregon State is now 12-16, 3-13 Pac-10. Oregon State wraps up the 2009 season in Washington against No. 4 Washington on Wednesday and Washington State on Friday

      Rebecca Walters – Sam Simmonds – George Mason Uni – Senior Rebecca Walter led the George Mason women’s volleyball team with 12 kills and the Patriots slammed 18 team blocks en route to a four-set victory (23-25, 25-16, 25-11, 25-13) against Colonial Athletic Association rival James Madison on Saturday night …  With the victory, Mason (21-8, 10-4) assured itself of the No. 3 seed in this week’s CAA Championship. Meanwhile, the Patriots completed the regular season in the final home match for three seniors: Walter … Sam Simmonds With 21 wins, Mason has the most victories in seven seasons.

        Emily TookerUniversity of Hawaii at Hilo – The University of Hawaii at Hilo is headed home after losing 3-2 to the University of Alaska-Anchorage in the NCAA West Regional match in San Bernardino, Calif. Set scores were 27-29, 26-28, 25-21, 25-16 and 12-15. The Vulcans end the season 25-2.

          Rhiannon Tooker – University of Oregon – Saturday’s final home match of the season gave UO an 11-3 season mark at Mac Court, and more importantly ended a three-game skid …  Saturday also marked UO’s third win against a top-10 team in ’09 … UO closes out the regular season next week with its matches at Washington State and No. 4 Washington

          Jess Peacock College of Southern Idaho –  see this post

          Jason Watson (C) – Arizona State – The Cardinal improve to 20-7 on the season and 13-14 in conference play with one week left in the regular season.

          Shayla Chalker (AC) – Quincy Uni – Quincy finishes the year at 7-21 overall and in 12th place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a 4-10 record.

          Ed Binnie (VAC) – Columbia University – The Columbia volleyball team ended the 2009 season with a bang, taking Brown in five sets,  3-2 (25-22, 17-25, 25-21, 17-25, 16-14). With the win, Columbia ends the season at 12-15 overall, 3-11 in the Ivy League.

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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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