Volleyball Notes for 2004
(December 02, 2004) The NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions released its findings in the Lewis University case and placed the institution on 4 years of probation. The men's volleyball team is barred from post-season competition through the 2005-06 academic year and will have the number of scholarships reduced from 4.5 to three from 2005-06 through the 2007-08 academic year.
(October 19, 2004) The Chicago Tribune reported late yesterday that Lewis has forfeited its 2003 NCAA Men's volleyball title in wake of investigations that found ineligible student-athletes on three of Lewis' teams. The paper reported that "Ineligibility issues in volleyball apparently involved unidentified players from Mexico and South America."
(October 02, 2004) The South Dakota State volleyball home page has the following note: "The NCAA Membership Subcommittee has formally approved SDSU's request to fully reclassify its volleyball program to Division I status. The Jackrabbit volleyball team will now be eligible to qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships beginning in the fall of 2006 -- two years ahead of the original timeline set forth by the NCAA."
(September 22, 2004) After three very successful seasons at Stanford, head coach John Dunning has signed an extension that will keep him with the Cardinal through 2009.
(July 30, 2004) Former UAB, Morehead State, and Ball State assistant Steve Carr has been named an assistant coach at Southwest Missouri State (SMSU).
(July 29, 2004) Men's volleyball is briefly mentioned in this story about how the NCAA and the USOC are developing "a strategy that would keep college teams -- major training grounds for Olympians -- intact at a time when schools are cutting sports programs to balance their budgets."
(July 27, 2004) The coaches of the West Coast Conference (WCC) have chosen Pepperdine to repeat as the conference champion.
(July 22, 2004) While the focus of the story linked below centers around football and basketball, it does mention that the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has informed Florida A&M University (FAMU) that it has forfeited its 1999 regular season title. FAMU does have the right to appeal and the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) is conducting its own investigation into the 196 self-reported infractions.
(July 21, 2004) The University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES) has signed Holiday Eller, the daughter of Minnesota Viking Hall-of-Fame defensive lineman Carl Eller, to a National Letter of Intent for the 2004 volleyball season.
(July 21, 2004) The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) has announced its preseason awards with Fresno State picking up the majority of the awards.
(July 20, 2004) New Jersey City University (NJCU) named Christopher Feliciano, the current men's volleyball coach, as the tenth women's head coach in the 22 year history of the program.
(July 20, 2004) Texas Christian University (TCU) has extened the contract of head volleyball coach Prentice Lewis. Specific terms of the multi-year deal were not released.
(July 20, 2004) The defending Big 12 Champions Kansas State Wildcats will unveil a new floor, dedicated to Terina Irsik, on September 1 against Oral Roberts University.
(July 19, 2004) Stetson University Director of Athletics Jeff Altier has named former Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) head coach Cheryl Carlson the new Head Volleyball Coach of the Hatters.
(July 16, 2004) After 10 years and 180 victories, UT-Arlington coach Janine Smith has decided to hang up the clipboard and pursue other opportunities.
(July 14, 2004) The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has released its schedule for the 2004 campaign which features 31 matches on the slate for the Southland Conference team.
(July 14, 2004) Former University of Portland volleyball player Heather Denison will be featured on the next episode (#11) of NCAA On Campus. Denison was honored by the NCAA with the 2004 Inspiration Award.
(July 14, 2004) Louisiana State University (LSU) has announced the hiring of former University of Southern Indiana (NCAA Division II) head coach Craig Bere as an assistant for the 2004 season.
(July 12, 2004) The defending Horizon League champion University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM) Panthers have added Wisconsin prep standout Breit Nelson to their class of recruits.
(July 12, 2004) The Quincy University Men's Volleyball team announced Niels Pedersen and Rhyen Staley as head coach and associate head coach respectively.
(July 09, 2004) While the mention was small and does not include details, The Times and Democrat, an Orangeburg, South Carolina, newspaper, reports that the 196 NCAA violations self-reported by Florida A&M University include infractions by the volleyball team.
(July 07, 2004) Jody Paperno Garry leaves Idaho State and unites with the Washington State program where she will serve as the primary recruiting coordinator.
(July 07, 2004) Brooke Huebner, a former Utah Valley State College and San Jose State standout, has been named to the 2004 Brigham Young women's volleyball coaching staff, replacing former assistant coach Mari Carpenter.
(July 06, 2004) Pepperdine Junior Sean Rooney was named National Player of the Year by Asics and Volleyball Magazine.
(June 28, 2004) The Waves, fresh off an appearance in the NCAA Women's volleyball Sweet 16 and a school record 27 match wins, have announced their 2004 match schedule, which features 18 matches against teams that advanced to the 2003 NCAA tournament.
(June 24, 2004) The University of Maryland, Easter Shore announced its 2004 women's volleyball schedule, the first under new coach Alex Temkin.
(June 24, 2004) Rhodes Scholar and Air Force senior volleyball player Delavane Diaz was named the 2003-04 Mountain West Conference (MWC) Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
(June 21, 2004) Fourth-year Colorado State women's volleyball assistant Andy Klussmann was involved in a tragic car accident that claimed the life of his wife and placed him in intensive care.
(June 18, 2004) Jessi Worrell, a senior outside hitter on the University of Northern Iowa volleyball team, has elected to forego her final season of eligibility with the Panthers in order to attend medical school at the University of Iowa.
(June 17, 2004) The player who set the Georgia state record for kill per game, Anja Knabe-Paulsen (pronounced ON-yah Kuh-NOB-ee PAUL-sen), has signed to play with Kent State for the 2004 season.
(June 16, 2004) The five finalists for the prestigious Honda-Broderick Award, are three-time USC women's volleyball All-American April Ross, senior swimmer Tara Kirk of Stanford, soccer's Catherine Reddick of North Carolina, basketball's Diana Taurasi of UConn and softball's Jessica van der Linden of Florida State.
(June 16, 2004) Returning 10 letterwinners and five starts from the 2003 squad, the Hofstra Pride feature three tournaments and 12 home matches on their 2004 schedule.
(June 15, 2004) The University of Texas announced the hiring of former Baylor Coach Brian Hosfeld will join the Longhorn staff as an assistant coach.
(June 15, 2004) Penn State junior Keith Kowal, who led the nation in hitting efficiency, was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Men's At-Large team as announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The At-Large team covers the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. Kowal was the only men's volleyball player selected.
(June 14, 2004) The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) signed setter Likica Grceva, a 5-9 outside hitter from Massachusetts, and Kate Smith, a 5-11 setter from Illinois, to play as freshman in the 2004 season.
(June 14, 2004) The Bearcats tangle with six NCAA tournament teams as they look to defend their share of the Conference USA (C-USA) crown in 2004.
(June 14, 2004) The University of Florida announced its schedule for the 2004 season.
(June 14, 2004) Traci Dahl, a member of Long Beach State's 1993 National Championship team and a second-team All-America selction in 1994, was appointed assistant coach of the Hofstra Pride replacing Julie Nicholson, who resigned in December.
(June 11, 2004) Kansas State will host a series volleyball camps, the first beginning on June 16, this summer in Manhattan, Kansas.
(June 09, 2004) Falcon coach Penny Lucas-White announce the 2004 women's volleyball schedule which includes nine matches at the Air Force Academy.
(June 04, 2004) The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) has released its list of scholar-athletes for the 2004 Men's volleyball season.
(June 04, 2004) Kris Bova, a four-year starter with the University of Florida from 1998-2001, joined the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee coaching staff as an assistant.
(June 03, 2004) Brian Heffernan, formerly an associate head coach at the University of Minnesota, has been named the head coach of the Washington State University volleyball team, replacing Cindy Fredrick and becoming the 10th coach in school history.
(June 03, 2004) All-Big 12 setter Lindsey Hunter, from the University of Missouri, led the USA A2 training team to victory at the USA Open Championship.
(June 02, 2004) The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Department of Athletics announced its UMES Summer Volleyball Camps 2004 to be held August 3-6.
(June 02, 2004) After leading Long Beach State University to second-place finishes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) and NCAA Men's Volleyball Championships, Alan Knipe was named the 2004 Tachikara/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Coach of the Year.
(May 29, 2004) With a 3-0 victory over a Bavarian All-Star team, the University of Texas completed its three-country, six-city European tour with a 5-0 record.
(May 28, 2004) Roger Williams University announced that it would no longer sponsor men's volleyball as a varsity sport, demoting it to club status as of the fall of 2004.
(May 27, 2004) Talita Silva, a 6-foot-2-inch right side hitter/setter, signed a National Letter of Intent to play with Hofstra in the 2004-05 academic year.
(May 25, 2004) Pepperdine Coach Marv Dunphy, the coach who lead the US Men's National team to the Gold medal in the 1988 Olympic Games, has been chosen by USA Volleyball to assist the men's volleyball team in Athens, Greece, at the Games of the XXVIII Summer Olympiad.
(May 24, 2004) Gabi Carbone, a former player and student assistant coach, has been named the newest member of the University of Houston women's volleyball coaching staff.
(May 24, 2004) Pepperdine coach Nina Matthies and graduated senior middle blocker Lyndsey Hache' were honored by the Pepperdine Athletic Department as the 2003-04 Pepperdine Coach and student-athlete of the year respectively.
(May 20, 2004) After leading Juniata to the 2004 Molten Division III Mens Invitational Volleyball Championship, Ken Shibuya has been named the inaugural winner of the Tachikara/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Men's National Coach-of-the-Year Award.
(May 19, 2004) The women's volleyball programs at San Francisco State and Hollins University have been eliminated in recent cuts by each institution. The AVCA story gives information for those who wish to help these programs.
(May 18, 2004) The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) announced that Southern Cal, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, and Colorado State would be featured in the 10th annual Women's Volleyball Classic set for August 27 and 28 on the campus of Colorado State University.
(May 16, 2004) The University of Texas women's volleyball team will spend 13 days in Europe (Italy, Austria, and Germany) for a training tour that will feature the Longhorns in four matches against international club teams.
(May 11, 2004) The University of Nebraska's volleyball Media Guide was given the top award among 83 Division I entries in the 2003-04 CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Publications Contest.
Winners by District were as follows: Hofstra (District 1), Penn State (District 2), Florida (District 3), Tennessee (District 4), Notre Dame (District 5), Texas (District 6), Nebraska (District 7), and Brigham Young (District 8).
(May 10, 2004) Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel, located in Philadelphia, PA, is accepting applications for volleyball teams and athletes to represent the United States in the 17th World Maccabiah Games. The Maccabiah Games are a quadrennial competition for Jewish athletes that will be held July 11-21, 2005, in Israel.
(May 08, 2004) Rallying from two games down and fending off three match points, the top-ranked Cougars defeated No. 2 Long Beach State in a thrilling five-game match.
(May 06, 2004) After holding No. 9 Lewis to a .182 hitting efficiency, the top-ranked Cougars advanced to the National Championship match for the second consecutive year with a 3-0 victory over the Flyers, the defending National Champions, avenging last year's championship match loss.
(May 06, 2004) No. 2 Long Beach State repeated post season history by defeating No. 7 Penn State 3-0 in the first of two semifinal matches in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 49ers defeated Penn State 3-0 in 1991 in the only other post-season meeting between the two schools.
(May 06, 2004) Former George Washington standout, Renee Arnold, was annouced as the third head coach in the 18-year history of the Hornet volleyball program.
(May 05, 2004) The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the naming of Brigham Young junior setter Carlos Moreno as the AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Year. Moreno is the first Cougar to win the annual award.
Additionally, the AVCA announced the first- and second-team All-America honorees.
(May 03, 2004) Cindy Fredrick, who spent the previous fifteen years guiding the Washington State women's volleyball team, has resigned to become the head volleyball coach at the University of Iowa. Fredrick becomes the seventh coach in the history of the Hawkeye program.
(April 30, 2004) The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the naming of Juniata senior middle blocker Kenny Eiser as the inaugural AVCA Division III Men's National Player of the Year.
Additionally, the AVCA announced first- and second-team All-America honorees for Division III.
(April 27, 2004) College Sports Television (CSTV) will broadcast each of the men's volleyball major conference championship matches on Saturday, May 1 as a kickoff to its month-long programming initiative dubbed Championship Mayhem.
(April 23, 2004) The results of the voting done by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) coaches for the 2004 All-MPSF teams has been released by MPSF Executive Director Al Beard.
(April 23, 2004) Second-year coach Jaime Gordon announced the signing of four prep players to national letters-of-intent for his 2004 recruiting class. Those players are 6-0 middle blocker Jessica Ayodele (Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie HS), 5-11 outside hitter Melinda Humen (Bedford, Texas/Bedford HS), 5-8 setter Amy Johnson (Louisville, Ky./Assumption HS) and 6-0 outside hitter Kelsey Cronin (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield HS).
(February 10, 2004) The NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee announced that the University of Louisville; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; University of Washington; and University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, will serve as hosts for regionals, which will be held December 9-10, 10-11 or 11-12, 2004.