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WOW! USA Men World League Champions!

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WOW! USA Men World League Champions!

Posted on 21 July 2014 by Chuck Rey

The USA Men upset #1 ranked Brazil to win the FIVB World League Championships. As Cody Kessel called it, the Volleyball Superbowl! Unfortunately, my wedding was a week too early and we missed the opportunity to watch professional volleyball in Italy on our honeymoon in Florence.  I’ll have to be sure to let me new wife know that she should better plan things in the future icon wink WOW! USA Men World League Champions! volleyball Continue Reading

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Weekend Volleyball Matches Ahead

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Weekend Volleyball Matches Ahead

Posted on 21 February 2013 by Chuck Rey

The Weekend Ahead–Feb. 21, 2013

Action starts Thursday night with USC vs. UCSB

A nice post by Volleyball Magazine. I’m hoping they provide these updates every week!
 Weekend Volleyball Matches Ahead volleyball
Thursday, February 21, 2013

USC vs. UC Santa Barbara 7 p.m. PST

Friday, February 22, 2013

Penn State vs. George Mason 7 p.m. EST
Ohio State vs. Juniata 7 p.m. EST
NJIT vs. Harvard 7 p.m. EST
Lewis vs. Ball State 7 p.m. CST
BYU vs. Pacific 7 p.m. MST (BYUtv)
Cal State Northridge vs. Long Beach State 7 p.m. PST

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Penn State vs. Princeton 7 p.m. EST
Rutgers-Newark vs. Harvard 2 p.m. EST
Loyola Chicago vs. Ball State 7 p.m. CST
BYU vs. Stanford 7 p.m. MST (BYUtv)
Pepperdine vs. UCLA 5 p.m. PST

Go to each school’s website to find more information on how to watch these matches.

 

 

NCAA Mens Volleyball Block Weekend Volleyball Matches Ahead volleyball

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Online NCAA Volleyball Bracket

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Online NCAA Volleyball Bracket

Posted on 29 November 2012 by Chuck Rey

Northwestern Mutual Volleyball NCAA Online NCAA Volleyball Bracket volleyballThe NCAA has partnered with Northwestern Mutual for the first online NCAA Bracket! Enter for a chance at a $500 gift certificate of NCAA gear.

Click for the bracket http://ow.ly/f3WEk

 

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It’s that VolleyMadness Time of Year!

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It’s that VolleyMadness Time of Year!

Posted on 26 November 2012 by Chuck Rey

Have you filled out your bracket?

NCAA-womens-volleyball-bracket-2012 click to download pdf

NCAA womens volleyball bracket 2012 1024x808 Its that VolleyMadness Time of Year! volleyball

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Wednesday Night Volleyball

Wednesday Night Volleyball

Posted on 24 October 2012 by Chuck Rey

Florida Volleyball ESPN Wednesday Night Volleyball volleyball

Wednesday Night Volleyball – the best night of television. Tonight, October 24th:

Florida vs Florida State on ESPN3 at 6:00PM EST

Missouri vs Georgia on ESPNU at 7:00PM EST

Penn State vs Iowa on Big Ten Network at 8:00PM EST

Arizona vs Standord on Pac 12 Network at 10:00PM EST

 

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USA vs South Korea London Olympics

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USA vs South Korea London Olympics

Posted on 30 July 2012 by Chuck Rey

This was my live match rundown on facebook of the USA vs South Korea match:Hooker Akinradewo Block USA vs KOR 300x187 USA vs South Korea London Olympics volleyball

Match assessment:

S. Korea had a great gameplan. Hats off to them. High hands on swings and their passing kept them in the match. Their third set was likely their best ever as their other sets showed they can be error prone.

USA is just too physical. Our block, although showing some weaknesses at the pins, is so big it allows for some great defense (sound like Penn State perhaps?).

The double sub worked to perfection. 6’7″ Park was too big and Thompson got the jitters out and ran her middles well. Just a slight change in rhythm. Continue Reading

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Megan Hodge, an MVP that Doesn’t Start in the Olympics?

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Megan Hodge, an MVP that Doesn’t Start in the Olympics?

Posted on 02 July 2012 by Chuck Rey

Megan Hodge Grand Prix MVP 177x300 Megan Hodge, an MVP that Doesnt Start in the Olympics? volleyballIt’s funny, last night I was watching the USA Mens Team take on Italy in the World League (and congrats to the USA Men for earning a spot in the finals), and was listening to Kevin Barnett talk about Head Coach Alan Knipe not having his line-up set for the Olympics. New-comer Paul Lotman is battling it out with veteran and 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, Riley Salmon, on the outside. Why I find this amusing is while Kevin Barnett was disappointed the USA Mens Team roster wasn’t set and that “winning the World League was more important”, the USA Women’s Team played a “2nd string” line-up throughout half of the World Grand Prix.

You think Alan Knipe has an interesting dilemma on the Mens Team, how about Hugh McCutcheon on the Women’s Team? Megan Hodge was named World Grand Prix MVP and Best Scorer, but she probably will not start on the Olympic Team. Jordan Larson and Logan Tom will likely start ahead of her (oh yeah, and that leaper, Destinee Hooker, will play opposite). The main reason, the game comes down to serving and passing. Jordan and Logan will start over Megan because of passing. In addition, both players are smarter, more effective hitters than Megan. Continue Reading

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USA Women Highlights at the World Grand Prix

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USA Women Highlights at the World Grand Prix

Posted on 25 June 2012 by Chuck Rey

Christa Harmotto USA Volleyball 300x168 USA Women Highlights at the World Grand Prix volleyballI’m really enjoying watching the USA Women’s Team play this year. Great chemistry and smart, physical, consistent play. They are ranked #1 in the world. Following are some highlight clips and things to take note of:

Blocking – watch the discipline posture. Loaded and square to the net. Very efficient movement. Great hand position (including middles when they are late to get the pins). Great reading and closing to the outside blocker (hip-to-hip). Continue Reading

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This Weekend Watch Brooke Delano, Kanani Danielson, Arielle Wilson, Juliann Faucett and others

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This Weekend Watch Brooke Delano, Kanani Danielson, Arielle Wilson, Juliann Faucett and others

Posted on 25 May 2012 by Chuck Rey

Delano Kanini Arielle Faucett This Weekend Watch Brooke Delano, Kanani Danielson, Arielle Wilson, Juliann Faucett and others volleyballSo awesome to be able to watch these great players continue their career AFTER COLLEGE!  this weekend in Salt Lake City, UT. Many volleyball players don’t hit their physical prime until their late 20′s and it will be a joy to watch the players grow.

Here are the rosters for the teams competing: Continue Reading

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USA Premier Volleyball League Championships

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USA Premier Volleyball League Championships

Posted on 24 May 2012 by Chuck Rey

Premier Volleyball League 300x100 USA Premier Volleyball League Championships volleyballYes, there is a professional indoor volleyball league in the United States. There is no glitz or glamor of the NBA, not even the WNBA, heck not even attention like the Cross Fit Games, but we have to start somewhere. The old business model of dump a ton of money into a league and the fans will come has been proven time and time again to be unsuccessful. The new business model is to build a professional league from the ground up using the current infrastructure of USA Volleyball Regions and support from some formidable clubs across the country.

Bravo to the USA Premier Volleyball League for hosting the first PVL Championship of 12 teams this coming weekend in Salt Lake City, UT being held in conjunction with the US Open Volleyball Championships. You can track the progress on Advanced Event Systems throughout the weekend.

Team Florida WAVE PVL USA Premier Volleyball League Championships volleyball

Congratulations to all the players of that have stuck with their teams throughout the season and into this Championship. 100+ years ago, baseball players played the sport because they loved it and never would have imagined the lucrative opportunity to play a game. 100 years from now, that same opportunity will be available to volleyball players in the United States.

2012 Weva PVL Team USA Premier Volleyball League Championships volleyball

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Not Fair Picture of the Day

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Not Fair Picture of the Day

Posted on 23 May 2012 by Chuck Rey

Yeah, I wish I could get up THAT high and over the net THAT far.

Anyone else notice the Misty May picture in the background when she was a setter for Long Beach State?

Priddy Lee Stanley usa volleyball Not Fair Picture of the Day volleyball

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Not Fair Picture of the Day

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Not Fair Picture of the Day

Posted on 04 May 2012 by Chuck Rey

Dalhauser flying Not Fair Picture of the Day volleyballNOT FAIR!

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Wounded Warrior Volleyball

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Wounded Warriors Volleyball Tournament

Posted on 02 May 2012 by Chuck Rey

What are you doing today?

Just a little reminder of how lucky we are to have these great guys on our side and how great our sport is to bring us together. Thanks to John Kessel of USA Volleyball for not just the picture, but continuing to provide opportunities to help share and grow the game. Check out his latest blog post here: http://usavolleyball.org/blogs/growing-the-game-together-blog/posts/3639-coaching-by-fear Continue Reading

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NCAA Women’s Sand and Men’s D-III Championships

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NCAA Women’s Sand and Men’s D-III Championships

Posted on 29 April 2012 by Chuck Rey

NCAA Sand Volleyball NCAA Womens Sand and Mens D III Championships volleyballA monumental day for NCAA Volleyball and volleyball in the USA. The first ever NCAA Women’s Sand Championship was held today in Gulf Shores, AL, yes Alabama. “The Hawaii people and the California people were like, `Are you kidding? We’re going to Alabama to play beach volleyball?”’ said Kathy DeBoer, the Executive Director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, which is running the event. “But this is an absolute hidden gem.’ I guess it took the USA Volleyball Teams, four Olympic Gold Medals, for the US to wake-up and recognize the great sport of volleyball. It’s only one of the most popular events of the Olympic Summer Games and across the world. As a great French player, Winthrop Volunteer Assistant Coach and friend of mine, Francois “Frenchy” Hertwig, posted on my Facebook status, “It’s about time.” Pepperdine won the first ever NCAA Team Championship Trophy as well as the Doubles Trophy. Continue Reading

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Follow USA Volleyball to London

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Follow USA Volleyball to London

Posted on 18 April 2012 by Chuck Rey

Such an interesting day.

Pat Summitt steps down from coaching,

Pat Summit goodbye 199x300 Follow USA Volleyball to London volleyball Continue Reading

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Blake Griffin’s Got Nothing on Jeff Menzel

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Blake Griffin’s Got Nothing on Jeff Menzel

Posted on 01 February 2012 by Chuck Rey

So you’ve all probably seen the recent Blake Griffin dunk…

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Al Scates Retires after 50 Years Coaching UCLA Volleyball

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Al Scates Retires after 50 Years Coaching UCLA Volleyball

Posted on 20 January 2012 by Chuck Rey

Volleyball’s Wizard of Westwood will be calling it quits

Al Scates is in his 50th year of coaching UCLA, with 19 NCAA titles and more than two dozen Olympians as his legacy.

Al Scates UCLA volleyball 300x200 Al Scates Retires after 50 Years Coaching UCLA Volleyball volleyballBy Helene Elliott, LA Times

January 19, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

Photographs cover almost every inch of wall space in Al Scates’ office, a gallery of faces forever young. Books, plaques and keepsakes from his travels cover his desk and crowd the ledge beneath a window framing the view he has enjoyed for 50 years.

“This is pretty filled up,” he said. Continue Reading

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Premier Volleyball League – Professional Volleyball in the US!

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Premier Volleyball League – Professional Volleyball in the US!

Posted on 13 January 2012 by Chuck Rey

Premier Volleyball League Premier Volleyball League   Professional Volleyball in the US! volleyballBravo to USA Volleyball for taking a grassroots approach to building a semi-professional volleyball league in the United States. This is a magnificent business plan to achieve sustained successful, profitability, and a build a fan base through current players and ex-collegiate players. The Professional Volleyball League could certainly develop into a full blown profession league in the United States that so many of us have wanted.  The concept uses USA Volleyball’s 40 current regions and creates divisions within these regions. Teams will compete for their chance to win their division and play at the National Championship. A prize pool of $20,000 is already being considered. Continue Reading

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Coastal Classic Volleyball Tournament

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Coastal Classic Volleyball Tournament

Posted on 11 January 2012 by Chuck Rey

coastal classic volleyball tournament 300x185 Coastal Classic Volleyball Tournament volleyballAlong the way, you meet good people. The people behind the Coastal Classic Volleyball Tournament are some of those good people. I met Richard Knott and Aly Pompeani through one of volleyball’s unfortunate experiences, the sudden passing of Ranse Jones.  I donated to help with Ranse’s fight and in return, got a great T-shirt.  I was wearing that T-shirt when I registered my Carolina Juniors Club Team at AAUs in Orlando when a typical Florida mid-afternoon thunderstorm came flying in. Many of the coaches were huddled under the baseball stadium when Aly introduced herself.  She recognized the t-shirt because she and her boyfriend Richard, both coaches at Grand Strand Juniors, designed the shirt and was helping to collect the funds for Ranse. Through that conversation in Orlando, Aly, Richard, and I have started one of those special friendships only volleyball can put together. People “on the outside” of our sport don’t understand why volleyball coaches and players do what we do for our sport. It’s because of bonds like these that makes our sport genuine and what we do so special. Continue Reading

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An Analysis of the Volleyball Jump Serve

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An Analysis of the Volleyball Jump Serve

Posted on 05 December 2011 by Chuck Rey

Dr. Marion Alexander, Adrian HonishMSc – Sport Biomechanics Lab, University of Manitoba, Canada

Introduction

One of the most dramatic skills in modern volleyball is the spike serve, or the jump serve, which provides an exciting and dynamic skill that is captivating for players and spectators alike. The player starts about five meters behind the end line of the court, uses a fast and explosive run up, a dynamic spike takeoff and an exciting spike action at the peak of their jump that sends the ball across the net at speeds of over 27 m.s-1 with heavy topspin and at a sharp downward angle. The spike serve has become a dangerous offensive weapon for the top volleyball teams of today, as a great spike server can produce a number of aces over the course of a match. The spike serve is somewhat similar to the spike at the net, except the velocities after impact are somewhat lower for the serve when compared to the spike (Tant, Greene et al. 1993). A study of the spike vs. the serve for collegiate volleyball players revealed similar speeds for the male athletes but slower speeds for the female serve when compared to the spike (male jump serve 19.7 m.s-1, male spike 22.4 m.s-1, female jump serve 13.2 m.s-1, female spike 17.8 m.s-1). A study of the front row spikes of elite international volleyball spikers reported mean impact ball speeds of 27 m.s-1 (Coleman 1993). Continue Reading

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2011 NCAA Volleyball Tournament Video Broadcast Guide

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2011 NCAA Volleyball Tournament Video Broadcast Guide

Posted on 29 November 2011 by Chuck Rey

2011 NCAA Womens Volleyball schdule 2011 NCAA Volleyball Tournament Video Broadcast Guide volleyball Continue Reading

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USA Volleyball in the World Cup

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USA Volleyball in the World Cup

Posted on 21 November 2011 by Chuck Rey

usa women volleyball fivb world cup USA Volleyball in the World Cup volleyballSoccer’s World Cup, which comes around once every four years, has a great following around the world.  Even the US had a great audience for those games.  Low and behold, Volleyball has a World Cup.  How many of us know that the USA Women just took silver at the FIVB World Cup?  Unfortunately, not enough of us know about this awesome competition. Continue Reading

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Men’s Club Volleyball of the Southeast

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Men’s Club Volleyball of the Southeast

Posted on 20 September 2011 by Chuck Rey

Southern Storm Volleyball 250x300 Mens Club Volleyball of the Southeast volleyballHaving played club volleyball at Arizona State and coached a great group of guys at Georgia Southern, I am very encouraged at the continuation of the Men’s Club Volleyball scene in the Southeast. Men’s Club Volleyball in college is very marginally (if at all) sponsored by each college. The guys have to raise their own travel, uniform, and equipment money. There is a women’s club volleyball scene for colleges that also falls under the same premise. The Collegiate Volleyball Club scene hosts a National Championship every year which can be found here: Nirsa.org. Continue Reading

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Preseason

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Preseason

Posted on 03 August 2011 by Chuck Rey

volleyball preseason 300x209 Preseason volleyballFor volleyball players and coaches across the country, in college or high school, preseason is here.  It is a grueling process that reveals and builds true character, introduces and solidifies fundamentals, develops team systems, and bonds a team.  The effort and commitment in preseason can often set the tone for the season.  Preseason is where champions are born. Continue Reading

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USAV Junior Nationals in Atlanta Live Online

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USAV Junior Nationals in Atlanta Live Online

Posted on 28 June 2011 by Chuck Rey

usav junior nationals USAV Junior Nationals in Atlanta Live Online volleyball

This week the top junior teams of all the land will be playing in Atlanta at the USAV Junior National Tournament.  I look forward to spending the weekend in Atlanta to watch the top teams compete.  But if you can’t make it to Atlanta this weekend, the gold medal matches will be streamed live online.  Very cool.  Here is the link to watch the matches: Continue Reading

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Coach Chuck Rey is Assistant Coach at Miami University


Prior to this position, he was Assistant Coach at Winthrop University, the University of Minnesota and Georgia Southern University.

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