Lewis, UCSB advance, interviews with the NCAA tourney-winning coaches, Hosack breaks it down

Lewis celebrates beating Penn State/Lewis photo UC Santa Barbara got tremendous offense performances from two players as it knocked out Pepperdine in the NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, and Lewis ousted Penn State. Rob Espero has interviews with both winning coaches, Dan Friend of Lewis and Rick McLaughlin of UCSB. We recap both matches as… Continue reading Lewis, UCSB advance, interviews with the NCAA tourney-winning coaches, Hosack breaks it down

UCSB, Lewis, Penn State, BYU win NCAA men’s spots, Grand View wins NAIA

UCSB wins Big West UC Santa Barbara, Lewis, Penn State, and BYU won their respective conference tournaments Saturday to earn bids to the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball tournament.  The field of seven, which includes five automatic bids and two at-large, will be announced at 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday on NCAA.com. The championship tournament is… Continue reading UCSB, Lewis, Penn State, BYU win NCAA men’s spots, Grand View wins NAIA

Kentucky breaks through as Cats top Texas to win first NCAA volleyball title

Kentucky’s Azhani Tealer, left, and Avery Skinner try to block Molly Phillips of Texas/Jamie Schwaberow, NCAA Photos via Getty Images The nation got to see the very best of college volleyball on Saturday night. And when it was over, Kentucky, which hit .349, got to take home the NCAA Division I championship trophy after a… Continue reading Kentucky breaks through as Cats top Texas to win first NCAA volleyball title

Kentucky too strong: Wildcats top Washington to advance to NCAA title match

The Kentucky Wildcats celebrate after beating Washington /Jamie Schwaberow, NCAA Photos via Getty Images Kentucky — now in the last match of the season for the first time in program history — staged a big comeback in the third set Thursday night and then laid the hammer down in the fourth as the second-seeded Wildcats… Continue reading Kentucky too strong: Wildcats top Washington to advance to NCAA title match

No wigging out: Final 4 NCAA coaches — Sheffield, Elliott, Skinner, Cook — have paid their dues

Texas coach Jerritt Elliott has the Longhorns in the NCAA semfinals again/Texas photo They didn’t just show up at the pinnacle of NCAA volleyball success, these three bald guys and one with hair. No, Wisconsin’s Kelly Sheffield, Jerritt Elliott of Texas, and Kentucky’s Craig Skinner — the ones with the shiny heads — and Washington’s… Continue reading No wigging out: Final 4 NCAA coaches — Sheffield, Elliott, Skinner, Cook — have paid their dues

Wisconsin survives five-setter with Florida to advance to NCAA semifinals

Wisconsin’s Grace Loberg pops the ball over the block of Florida’s Lauren Forte, left, and Marlie Monserez/Mark Kuhlmann, NCAA Photos Top-seeded Wisconsin was taken to the limit in Omaha on Monday night before surviving a tough battle with eighth-seeded Florida to advance to the NCAA Tournament national semifinals. Wisconsin (18-0), the Big Ten champion, won… Continue reading Wisconsin survives five-setter with Florida to advance to NCAA semifinals

Pittsburgh, Washington, Nebraska, Texas join Wisconsin in NCAA tourney final eight

Washington’s Maria Bogomolova, a senior from St. Petersburg, Russia, was overcome with emotion after sparking the Huskies’ huge fifth-set comeback/Mark Kuhlmann, NCAA Photos Pittsburgh is in for the first time, Washington staged a remarkable comeback, Nebraska won without its best player, and Texas advanced Sunday and joined Wisconsin — which played on Saturday — in… Continue reading Pittsburgh, Washington, Nebraska, Texas join Wisconsin in NCAA tourney final eight

NCAA men: CSUN, Hawai’i both win in five, MIVA, EIVA, ConfCarolinas into playoffs

GCU’s Christian Janke hustles for the ball/GCU athletics Saturday is busy in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball. The MIVA and Conference Carolinas have tournament semifinals, there is a play-in match in the EIVA, and the the Big West and MPSF end their respective regular seasons. Each of the five conferences get an automatic bid to… Continue reading NCAA men: CSUN, Hawai’i both win in five, MIVA, EIVA, ConfCarolinas into playoffs

Breaking down the NCAA round of 16, the matchups and the impact of transfers

Gloria Mutiri has made the most of her move from Kansas State to Oregon/Ed Chan, VBshots.com Now that we’re down to 16 teams in the NCAA Tournament, with top-seeded Wisconsin playing BYU on Saturday and the other seven matches Sunday, one thing is apparent: If you’re a coach at this level, you’d better know how… Continue reading Breaking down the NCAA round of 16, the matchups and the impact of transfers

Top four NCAA tourney seeds sweep as Wisconsin, Kentucky, Minnesota, Texas win

Molly Phillips, left, and Asjia O’Neal of Texas block Wright State’s Mallory Ladd/Mark Kuhlmann/NCAA Photos Thursday’s third batch of NCAA Tournament second-round matches all went quickly as the top four seeds — Wisconsin, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Texas — all swept.  The recaps follow. One more batch of four matches remain for the day and they… Continue reading Top four NCAA tourney seeds sweep as Wisconsin, Kentucky, Minnesota, Texas win