Volleyball Notes for 2005
(November 14, 2005) The inspiring story of Sarah Obras, who a little over one year ago experienced a devastating knee injury and how her faith and determination have brought her back to the court.
(September 03, 2005) In a brief story on ESPN.com, it was announced that the University of New Orleans has cancelled its volleyball season.
(May 01, 2005) The NCAA Men's Volleyball Committee announced the choice of the UCLA Bruins as the at-large selection to the 2005 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championships. UCLA (25-5) joins Pepperdine (23-2), Penn State (30-3), and Ohio State (24-7) in the tournament bracket.
(March 17, 2005) The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) have announced that the University of Nebraska, Lincoln has been choosen to host the AVCA/NACWAA College Volleyball Showcase.
(February 14, 2005) The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced a broader role in the NACWAA (National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators) Volleyball Classic which included event management. The name of the event will change to the AVCA/NACWAA College Volleyball Showcase.
(February 03, 2005) Beginning with the Fall 2005 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championships, Molten will become the official match-ball supplier for the NCAA Men's and Women's volleyball championships. As part of the deal, which is inked through 2008 with the NCAA holding an additional 2-year option, "Molten will produce its widely used IV58L-3 'Super Touch®' volleyball in a new multi-colored panel design for the women, featuring a NCAA-inspired blue/white/silver grey color combination."
(February 03, 2005) The NCAA has announced that Penn State, Omaha, Neb., Stanford University, and Texas A&M University will be the sites for the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament Regionals. Dates for the regional matches have yet to be set, but potential dates fall between December 8-11.
(February 01, 2005) The Ohio State Athletic department has renewed the coaching contract of 2004 Big Ten Coach of the Year Jim Stone for another five years, keeping Stone with the Buckeyes through 2010.
(February 01, 2005) The University of Dayton announced that Jason Oliver, who spent the last five years as an assistant at West Virginia, has accepted the position of assistant coach with the Flyers. Oliver fills the void left by assistant Joe Bonner, who left to become the head coach at Youngstown State.
(January 28, 2005) Former Stanford men's volleyball coach Ruben Nieves has been hired as the new coach of the Fresno State women's volleyball team. Nieves guided the 1997 Cardinal squad to the Men's NCAA Championship.
(January 28, 2005) Brigham Young University announced that Karen Lamb, who coached the Cougars for the past three season, would not be retained as the women's volleyball coach. Lamb's contract will be honored in full, assistant Jason Watson assumes responsibility for the program, and a search for a new coach begins immediately.
(January 13, 2005) Washington women's volleyball coach Jim McLaughlin reaped the benefits of the program's first ever PAC-10 Championship and trip to the NCAA Semifinals by signing a new five-year contract.
(January 09, 2005) The joint NCAA and US Olympic Committee task force that is studying ways to preserve traditional Olympic sports at colleges met at the NCAA Convention and plans to issue a report by Sept. 30.