The Notebook Dump: News tidbits, notes from college men’s volleyball

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Time to empty the notebook that is filled with college men’s volleyball news and notes. Check out some of the more interesting news tidbits and other notes involving college men’s volleyball teams and players.

Grand Canyon adds former All-EIVA player to coaching staff
Grand Canyon announced former Penn State outside attacker Peter Russell will be a graduate assistant coach for the Antelopes in the upcoming season. Russell was a two-time All-EIVA selection and helped the Nittany Lions reach the NCAA Tournament semifinals four times from 2011-14. The outside attacker following his college career played professional volleyball in German for two years and served as a volunteer assistant coach for Stevenson last season.

Former NAIA All-American joins Central State coaching staff
First-year program Central State announced that Jaron Jones will serve as an assistant poach for its inaugural season in 2022. Jones was a two-time All-American and two-time conference player of the year who helped lead Benedictine-Mesa to an NAIA championship. Jones since ending his professional career has served as an assistant coach at both Benedictine-Measa and the ASPIRE boys’ volleyball club.


Lees-McRae to install new playing surface
The Lees-McRae athletics department announced earlier this week that it will begin renovations on its volleyball and basketball court which may require new installations such as The McNair & Debi Tornow Court will have a new floor installed during the summer — the first renovations to the playing surface in almost 40 years. Craig McPhail, vice president for athletics and club sports, said in a statement the court will now have a softer surface to help improve the players’ recovery time following matches.

BYU graduate to start college coaching career
Former BYU libero Zach Hendrickson was hired earlier this month to be a graduate assistant coach with the South Carolina women’s volleyball team. Hendrickson had 212 career digs and helped the Cougars advance to the recent NCAA Tournament finals. South Carolina ended last season 12-10.

King tops ConfCarolinas for most academic honors
King had a conference-high 12 student-athletes named to the ConfCarolinas Presidential Honor Roll.This academic honor recognized players who achieved at least a 3.20 grade point average on a 4.00 scale. Sixty-one men’s volleyball players were selected to the conference’s honor roll with the ConfCarolinas regular season champions Mount Olive and the ConfCarolinas Tournament champions Belmont Abbey each having 11 selections.