There is plenty of optimism for the USC players and coaches this preseason — and for good reason after struggling last year.
USC coach Bill Ferguson in an interview with Off the Block earlier this week called first half of his team’s preseason the best start to a training camp since he became the Trojans head coach. In addition, USC despite last season not qualifying for the MPSF Tournament for the first since 2006 returns a majority starters, and several players who missed most of the 2013 season because of injury are now returning to the court healthy. Continue reading →
USC coach Bill Ferguson is not only fine if his All-American setter Micah Christenson has to leave the team during the preseason to play with the U.S. Men’s National Team, he is encouraging it.
Ferguson said in an interview with Off the Block on Tuesday that he hopes Christenson is selected to the U.S. roster for the upcoming FIVB World Grand Champions Cup because of the long-term benefits it would have for the setter and his team.
So much for a quiet off-season summer in college men’s volleyball.
The last three months produced everything from the announcement of what conferences will have to participate in the new NCAA Tournament play-in match to schools scheduling big non-conference matches for the upcoming season. Check out the top 10 college men’s volleyball storylines from the summer.
An incoming freshman recruit for USC has now added an international tournament medal to his resume before playing with the Trojans.
USC recruit Lucas Yoder and his partner TJ DeFalco representing the United States beat Lithuania’s Lukas Kazdailis and Arnas Rumsevicius 22-24, 21-18, 15-8 to win the bronze medal at the FIVB Boys’ U19 Youth World Championships for beach volleyball on Sunday in Portugal. Continue reading →
There is a split decision this year to the National Player of the Year.
BYU outside attacker Taylor Sander was named the 2013 Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year — one month after the All-American junior lost the AVCA National Player of the Year honor to Long Beach State outside attacker Taylor Crabb. Continue reading →