UCLA, Lewis, Springfield in, Penn State out for 2012 Outrigger Invitational

One of the biggest men’s volleyball non-conference tournaments will have a different look from previous seasons in 2012.

Hawai’i coach Charlie Wade said Thursday that UCLA, Lewis and Springfield College will play in the 2012 Outrigger Invitational in January. It is the first time in the 17-year history of the Hawai’i home tournament that Springfield College will play in it and the first time for Lewis since 2005.

“There is no shortage of teams that want to come out here and play in Hawaii,” Wade said. “It’s going to be fun to play them, and it’s going to be fun for our fans to see some nice teams come out that they don’t normally get to see.”
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Long Beach State releases its 2012 schedule: 5 things to know about the schedule

A six-match and seven-match homestand highlights Long Beach State’s 2012 schedule as the team Thursday released its 29-match regular season schedule for the upcoming season.

The 49ers finished last season in sixth place in the MPSF and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals. Long Beach State, which was ranked in the top 10 of the final coaches poll, returns three starters from the 2011 season, including All-MPSF Freshman outside attacker Taylor Crabb.

Check out the five things to take away from Long Beach State’s schedule for the 2012 season.
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USC, UC Irvine dominate USA Volleyball beach volleyball rosters for World Games

Five college men’s volleyball players will represent the United States in beach volleyball at the 2011 World University Games.

USA Volleyball announced Wednesday that two men’s teams were selected to compete in the international tournament on Aug. 13-18 in Shenzhen, China.

One of the United States teams will include UC Irvine outside attacker Connor Hughes and USC outside attacker Maddison McKibbin. The other team will consist of USC outside attacker Tony Ciarelli and USC setter Jeff Carlson.
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Former USC outside attacker Troy receives Pac-10 Conference Medal honor

A men’s volleyball player for the first time in conference history has received a top Pac-10 award.

USC outside attacker Murphy Troy was named a recipient of the 2010-11 Pac-10 Tom Hansen Conference Medal on Monday.

The Conference Medal is an annual award given to a senior male and female athlete from each school in the conference based on the student-athlete’s athletic and academic achievements.
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NCAA awards prestigious scholarship to former Ball State player Nelson

A former Ball State All-American middle attacker received a prestigious NCAA scholarship to help continue his education.

The Ball State athletics department announced Wednesday that Anders Nelson was named a recipient of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship is a one-time $7,5000 scholarship awarded to a student-athlete based on their athletic and academic achievements, leadership skills, community service and campus involvement. The NCAA awards up to 48 scholarships to student-athlets in each of the fall, winter and spring college sports seasons.
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Ball State vs. IPFW rivalry ranked one of best Indiana sporting events

The Ball State and IPFW men’s volleyball rivalry is among the top 10 best sporting events in Indiana, according to a recent newspaper poll.

The News-Sentinel, a national award winning newspaper in Fort Wayne, Ind., ranked the Cardinals and Mastodons rivalry on Tuesday the seventh best sporting event that a Hoosier should attend in their lifetime.

Ball State and IPFW are the only two Division I-II men’s volleyball teams in Indiana and have combined to win 26 MIVA championships.
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Ohio State recruit wins USA Volleyball club division national championship

Even the Buckeyes’ incoming recruits are winning national championships this year.

Ohio State incoming freshman Michael Henchy helped Spectrum sweep APV 18-Errea 25-18, 25-18 to win the 18-Club Division championship at the 2011 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships on Saturday in Minneapolis.
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11 incoming freshmen win USA Volleyball junior national championship

Eleven incoming Division I-II freshmen men’s volleyball players ended their junior careers as national champions.

Balboa Bay 18 Quiksilver swept Santa Monica Beach Club 25-17, 25-23 to win the 18-Open Division championship at the 2011 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships on Saturday in Minneapolis.

Balboa Bay, a volleyball club located in Southern California, went undefeated and lost one set in its 11 matches during the four-day tournament. Eleven of the 12 players on the Balboa Bay roster had committed to a Division I-II men’s volleyball team prior to the national tournament.
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UC Irvine hopes to increase number of teams at its 2011 international tournament

UC Irvine is exploring the possibility of expanding the amount of teams participating in its international preseason tournament this fall.

Anteaters head coach John Speraw said Tuesday that it is likely the UC Irvine International Volleyball Tournament will be more than a five-team field, if it is financially possible for the school.

“If you bring in more teams it costs more. We have begun to develop a reputation overseas with this tournament and it’s a nice event that teams want to play in,” Speraw said. “We have had more teams request to play this year. I don’t how our final budget is going to look, and we haven’t determined the final number of teams yet.”
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NCAA report: Men’s volleyball brings in more money than women’s volleyball

Men’s volleyball teams at top Division I schools are generating more revenue for their athletics department than women’s volleyball teams, according to a recent NCAA report.

The NCAA revenue and expense report released this week showed men’s volleyball teams from schools with a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision had a generated revenue median of $162,000 during the 2009-10 fiscal year. The amount is more than double the generated revenue median for women’s volleyball teams from the same type of schools.

Among the items used to determine a team’s generated revenue for the report included ticket sales, alumni contributions, television and radio contracts and other royalties.
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