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Tuesday at the Polls (Again)

New NAIA and D1/D2 rankings are out, so let’s look at the top teams tonight. For the NAIA we’ll look at the “Super Seven” teams, approximately one-fourth of the 27 NAIA men’s VB programs. For the NCAA D1/D2 we’ll look at the “Top 12” which incorporates about one-fourth of the 46 total teams in D1/D2 men’s Volleyball (22 D1 and 24 D2). Here’s our continuing public...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Canadian Blend Once Again

Canadian men’s Volleyball is rapidly drawing to a close. The CIS championships will begin in just 10 days while the CCAA championships will begin in 17 days.  And we’ll include the latest Canadian polls for the CCAA and the CIS. Let’s venture north to the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon now!   EVENT DATES LOCATION CIS – Canadian Universities Tournament 2/26 –...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

College Men’s VB Standings!

We are six weeks or so into the men’s Volleyball season now, and the competitive trends and patterns are starting to emerge. All conferences, with the exception of the CCCAA which actually starts play around February 1, have now produced enough data to, as they say in statistics, extrapolate beyond the data and form hypotheses.  So, let’s take a look at all the conference standings...
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February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Men’s VB Standings!

We are six weeks into the men’s Volleyball season now, and competitive trends and patterns are starting to emerge. All conferences, with the exception of the CCCAA which starts play around February 1, have produced enough data to, as they say in statistics, extrapolate beyond the data and form hypotheses.  So, let’s take a look at all the conference standings. NAIA MEN’S...
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February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

BYU and USC Split!

In a crucial battle for first place in the MPSF, BYU and USC split two MPSF matches this week.  The MPSF leader depends on the results of the match between Pepperdine and UC – Irvine tonight at Irvine at 7:00 PM California time.  Live video of this match is available. Public Service Announcement (PSA). Our continuing PSA about all six of the men’s Volleyball Championships...
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February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

NAIA VOLLEYBALL !

New NAIA rankings are out, although it’s highly probable they will change soon since Missouri Baptist upset top ranked Park Wednesday. Let’s take a detailed look at the Missouri Baptist win statistically as well as reviewing the new rankings. First, the PSA. Our continuing public service message about all six of the men’s Volleyball Championships. Please try to support these...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Missouri Baptist Upsets #1 Park!

Matches of the Week Results.  In NAIA play, #5 Missouri Baptist upended #1 Park by a 3 – 2 score (23 – 25, 26 – 28, 25 – 17, 25 – 18, 15 – 13).  In NCAA D1, Ohio State defeated Penn State by a 3 – 0 score (26 – 24, 25 – 22, 25 – 23). Wednesday brings new NCAA D3 polls and rankings.  We have a new top team in D3, and they are going to host the D3 championships...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Missouri Baptist Upsets Park!

Matches of the Week Results.  In NAIA play, #5 Missouri Baptist defeated #1 Park, 3 – 2 (23 – 25, 26 – 28) 25 – 17, 25 – 18, 15 – 13).  In NCAA D1, Ohio State defeated Penn State, 3 – 0 (26 – 24, 25 – 22, 25 – 23). Wednesday brings new NCAA D3 polls and rankings.  We have a new top team in D3, and they are going to host the D3 championships in April. Yes the...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Tuesday at the Polls

It’s Tuesday and there are new D1/D2 rankings available, so let’s look at the top 10 teams tonight. Since there are only 46 teams total in D1/D2 men’s Volleyball (22 D1 and 24 D2), a top 10 is selecting 22% of the teams as “elite.”  Also, remember that sports polls in general are as unpredictable as the winter weather in St. Louis, with a wind chill factor of – 2° one...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State Gets Sideout!

Figuratively, Penn State started their season with six consecutive reception errors, resulting in an abysmal 0 – 6 record. Since losing to Lewis on January 24th, however, the Nittany Lions have registered three consecutive sideouts (again, figuratively) and have bumped their record up to 3 – 6 from that 0 – 6 start.   In two earlier articles about Penn State I touched upon...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Concordia Defeats Stanford in 4 Sets

NAIA school Concordia University – Irvine beat NCAA D1 school Stanford Saturday night by a score of 3 – 1 (25 – 20, 26 – 24, 20 – 25, 25 – 18). Playing under NAIA rules, the Concordia Eagles were able to close out the Stanford Cardinal in four sets. Let’s see what the stats have to say.                                   CONCORDIA University – IRVINE...
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February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Part 2 of Hawai’i versus USC

Hawaii versus USC Part 2 is over and done with a very different result: USC defeated Hawaii this second time in five sets. Let’s take a look at this match and try to determine the differences, other than the score, that led to a different final result this time. USC vs HAWAI’I, 2/6/2015 at Honolulu, Hawai’i USC WON, 3 – 2 (30 – 28, 17 – 25, 18 – 25, 25 – 18, 20 ...
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February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Hawai’i v USC

Number 6 ranked Hawai’i bested second ranked USC in an extremely close five set match Wednesday night, and the two teams have a rematch tonight. Let’s take a “statistical” look at the first match and see where it leads us for tonight’s rematch.                                                                           HAWAI’I vs USC...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Standing (on the Corner)

Even in a sport as neat as Volleyball, teams still need to know where they stand.  Tonight, then, we’ll talk about the standings for those conferences that have at least four matches on the record, the CCAR and the MPSF.  Since the EIVA and the MIVA have just started conference play, we will not include them in these reviews tonight.  And, just for good measure, we’ll include...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Standin’ on the Corner….

Even in a sport as neat as Volleyball, teams still need to know where they stand.  Tonight, then, we’ll talk about the standings for those conferences that have at least four matches on the record, the CCAR and the MPSF.  Since the EIVA and the MIVA have just started conference play, we will not include them in these reviews tonight.  And, just for good measure, we’ll include...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Tuesday is Poll Day!!

It’s Tuesday and the new polls are out for NAIA, D1/D2, and D3. A new number one is going to be found in the NAIA. Remember, though, polls are usually like the weather here in St. Louis with frequent and sudden changes. First, our continuing public service message about all six of the men’s Volleyball Championships. Please try to support these events by video or any other method...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

CCCAA & California Dreamin’

Men’s Volleyball competition has begun for 2015 in the California Community College Athletic Association Men’s Volleyball Conference, better known as the CCCAA. Unfortunately, the CCCAA is the best kept secret in college sports.  Tonight we are going to bring some recognition to this little known Volleyball gem. And, since we’re talking about California, the theme of the...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Molten Invitational VB Tournament Results

The Molten Invitational Men’s Volleyball Tournament hosted by Grandview University ended Saturday, January 31, with some great Volleyball (21 matches in three days) and some surprising results. Eight of the top ten NAIA teams participated in this early season showdown, with only # 3 Concordia – Irvine and # 8 Robert Morris absent. As far as the results, however, Park University...
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February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

The Molten Invitational Men’s Volleyball Tournament hosted by Grandview University ended Saturday, January 31, with some great Volleyball (21 matches in three days) and some surprising results. Eight of the top ten NAIA teams participated in this early season showdown, with only # 3 Concordia – Irvine and # 8 Robert Morris absent. As far as the results, however, Park University...
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February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Quick Set – NAIA # 1 Grand View wins 2

NAIA number 1 ranked Grand View University won two matches in the Grand View Molten Invitational Tournament today. The Vikings upended Cardinal Stritch 3 – 0 for the first victory of the day (25 – 22, 25 – 17, 25 – 18) while the second victory came in a 3 – 0 win over Hope International (25 – 18, 25 – 19, 25 – 18). Grand View now stands at 5 – 1 for the season and...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Canadian VB History and Polls

Canadian men’s college Volleyball marches on in the North.  There are two divisions to Canadian men’s college Volleyball, and each division is a separate, distinct entity with its own championship tournament. Canadian Men’s Volleyball Tournament Information Event Dates Location CCAA Men’s Tournament 3/12 – 3/14 Holland College, Prince Edward Island CIS Men’s Tournament...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Tuesday at the Polls

New polls are out in NAIA, D1 –D2, and D3. No real surprises or significant movement in any of the three polls. Although everything did not quite remain status quo, it stayed awfully close.  Let’s take a look. First, our public service announcement about all six men’s Volleyball Championships.  The CIS is the first tournament we’ll see, coming at the end of February. ...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Monday Monday

Lots of Volleyball action over the weekend.  Here are the results from Saturday and Sunday, so you can see for yourself how the ball bounced!   BOUNCE…BOUNCE… NAIA RESULTS Saturday, January 24 Graceland over Lindenwood–Belleville 3 – 1, 21-25,25-13,25-21,25-19 Culver-Stockton over Lindenwood-Belleville 3 – 0, 25-20,25-18,25-20 Culver-Stockton over Missouri Valley 3...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State Looking for a Sideout

Penn State men’s Volleyball has never had a season start like this season. Right now, the Nittany Lions are 0 – 6 after four matches on the road and two at home. Since we’ve already looked at the first four Penn State matches, let’s examine the statistics for matches five and six and some possible reasons for this Penn State dilemma.   STATISTICS General Information ...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Friday Scores Update

Friday’s Volleyball Scores!  See how your favorite team did Friday night.  The match scores are divided by conference and then by date.  NAIA RESULTS for Friday January 23, 2015 RESULTS SCORES Quincy defeated Missouri Baptist 3-1, 23-25,25-23,25-22,25-20 Clarke defeated Lindenwood-Belleville 3-0, 25-16,25-16,25-13 Morningside defeated Lindenwood-Belleville 3-1, 32-34,25-21,25...
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January 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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