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It's after the Olympics and we've got a College Volleyball Weekly, or "CVW Beach Edition Episode!" This week: UCLA Beach AVCA 2x All-American Lexy Denaburg! Lexy sits down with Rob Espero for USAV Beach Olympic women's breakdown and thoughts on what we saw with former and current NCAA phenoms on the world's biggest stage in Tokyo. We then jump into an overview of her 2021 season with topics ranging from regular season to the championships at Gulf Shores. We then venture into what she's been doing since finals finished at UCLA. And finally, the big news of the week: Lexy is partnering up with AVP superstar, Maria Salgado for AVP ATL!
USA MNT Team Captain comes back into the Viral Volley Podcast to look back at his Polish PlusLiga season with PGE Skra and Volleyball Nations League during this pandemic season. The BYU alumnus then discusses playing alongside “little bro," Brenden during VNL, the new faces of USA Volleyball like TJ DeFalco, Josh Tuaniga and Kyle Ensing, a little about USA's Tokyo roster and potential starting lineups.
After 5 intensely competitive weeks of FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL), USA Women's National Team Captain and 3x Olympian OH, Jordan Larson reflects on preliminary round play, the finals and winning the THIRD consecutive VNL gold. Jordan discusses some of the key performers, but acknowledges that everyone within the 23-person roster has played the largest part in the USA's success. Jordan briefly discusses the next 3 weeks as the Olympics quickly approach. iTunes: YouTube: robonthemic.com
In our Preliminary Round 4 (Week 4) update we bring the new faces to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics roster, Chiaka Ogbogu (Texas | Coppell, TX) and Justine Wong-Orantes (Nebraska | Cypress, CA) to break down the USA Women's National Team's performance, their play as the "rookies" and the upcoming week's matchup vs. Russia, Poland and China!
In this special episode of the Viral Volley Podcast, the now-3x Olympian, David Smith, who was named to his 3rd Olympic roster this morning, shares his thoughts on the roster, the coaching staffs' decision-making challenges and the youngsters who were named.
Big news items this week on the USA Volleyball Women's National Team/Volleyball Nations League Update: With Head Coach Karch Kiraly naming the 12-person roster for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics Jordan and Kelsey share their thoughts on being repeat Olympians, the roster and the newcomers to start off this week's episode. As the VNL competition continued the USA WNT has amassed a 9-0 start in dominating fashion. KRob and The Gov discuss the USA's success but also mention that there is still a lot of work to be done. There are still tough matches ahead as rosters update, change and rotate for other teams as we love closer to the "knockout stages" and have the Olympics in sight.
Former Long Beach St. back-to-back National Champions and All-Americans, Kyle Ensing, Josh Tuaniga and TJ DeFalco playing for the USA Men's National Team in Rimini, Italy for FIVB Volleyball Nations League discuss their time in the "Rimini Bubble" and their experience playing with some of the biggest names in the game.
2016 Olympic Bronze Medalists Micah Christenson and David Smith jump on to this mini-sode of the Viral Volley Podcast to talk about quarantining in Rimini, Italy, Week 1 of VNL and give some insight to some of their Week 2 opponents. Featured interview (primary content) is located on VolleyballMag.com and should be posted by 6/2/21!
In our Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Week 1 recap former Nebraska "Huskers" Kelsey Robinson and Jordan Larson tag-team on sharing what it's like in the "Rimini Bubble" in Italy for Volleyball Nations League. We then delve into the 3-0 start by the USA, it's new faces and combination of lineups. We even chat about the big news for the week: Foluke Akinradewo-Gunderson's first time back on the playing court since 2018! We end by discussing the Week 2 matchups of VNL!
In this special episode of College Volleyball Weekly, Beach Edition we've got a "Roomie Recap" of USC's 2021 season. Roomates Tina Graudina, Hailey Harward and Julia Scoles reflect on the 2021 season, sharing there experiences through the NCAA Collegiate Beach Championship in Gulf Shores, AL. They give insight to COVID, training, Olympics and what's next for the ladies next season. YouTube:
With a new Collegiate Beach National Championed crowned at Gulf Shores last weekend, the CVW Beach Crew discusses their experience, some of the matches that stuck out during the Natty-Weekend and some of the top pairs and athletes. We also briefly mentioned the AVCA All-America recipients, the polls and end with a crowd favorite-- Fan Questions!
This week, UCSD Head Coach Kevin Ring jumps into the mix with the usual suspects, David Hunt of Pepperdine, Jay Hosack of George Mason and Dan Friend of Lewis. The CVW crew recaps UCSD's standout accomplishment of handing National Champion Hawaii their only loss of the season, the NCAA D1-2 Tournament week as well as the NCAA Championship match that crowned Hawaii the 2021 National Champion. Additionally, the guys discuss takeaways from the 2021 season and what to expect in the 2022 season-- and a trending discussion on social media-- the unequal coverage of Men's Volleyball during the Championships.
This week on College Volleyball Weekly Charlie Ekstrom of Stanford, Mads Fitzpatrick of Florida St. and Rob Espero discuss the AVCA Top Flight recipients, the latest AVCA and CollegeBeachVB.com polls and of course, the grand finale of the Collegiate Beach season-- Gulf Shores, AL-- for the NCAA Collegiate Beach Championship weekend to award a Natty!
No fluff or flair (graphics, backgrounds). Just talk about the AVCA Men's D1-2 All-America teams with 3 of the All-America Committee members, Chair Dan Friend (Lewis), Jay Hosack (George Mason) and David Hunt (Pepperdine). Although the matches already happened you can hear how the coaches approached their matchups.
As the Viral Volley Podcast breaks the century mark we bring Coach of one of the hottest teams in the last few years, Rick McLaughlin of the UCSB Gauchos. Rick along with Dan, Dave, Jay and Rob break down conference tournament play teams and athletes. They guys then delve into the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship Tournament matchups and the NCAA Selection Committees' seedings and the challenge of this COVID-era season.
In this 100th episode of College Volleyball Weekly on the Viral Volley Podcast is honored to have legendary Head Coach Mark Pavlik on the show! Over 600 wins, 2 National Championships, innumerable NCAA Tournament appearances and EIVA titles, Mark talks about the 2021 Tournament, teams and the NCAA Selection Committee.
On College Volleyball Weekly, Beach Edition this week we're outnumbered by SEMINOLES! This week Kate Privett joins teammate Mads Fitzpatrick of Florida St. along with Charlie Ekstrom of Stanford and Rob Espero to discuss the action in Week 8 of the Collegiate Beach season. They'll then look forward to the end of regular season play with key matches and conference tournament action. The ladies then close it out by answering fan questions!
The College Volleyball Weekly or "CVW" Crew recaps Week 14 of the NCAA D1-2 Men's Volleyball season. Highlighting the discussion are conference tournaments-- some already in their Semfinals or Finals, like the EIVA and MIVA accordingly, while other have just started. Belmont Abbey of the Conference Carolinas-- who received their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth will be waiting to find out who'll be in the rest of the field!
The College Volleyball Weekly Crew drops in to chat about the top matches of Week 13 with some conferences tournaments commencing, All-Conference honors and Conference Coaches of the Year. They guys also chat about some of the top performers of Week 13 and what we can expect to see in Week 14 with the NCAA Men's D1-2 Volleyball Championships in view. Available where ever you get your podcasts!
2 weeks out from Conference Tournaments and teams have been making pushes to make cases to be in Gulf Shores, AL for the NCAA Collegiate Beach Championships! Mads Fitzpatrick of Florida St. and Charlie Ekstrom of Stanford along with Rob Espero recap the action in Week 7, discuss top pairs/performers and pick their matches of the week in Week 8. Intertwined in the conversation they talk about remaining undefeated teams and top 1st Year/COVID Freshman/Newcomers.
In this Special Episode of the Viral Volley Podcast, former Pepperdine Beach standout and current Wisconsin Badger, Deahna Kraft jumps onto the show with Rob. Together they talk about Deahna's Beach career at Pepperdine, why she chose to play beach instead of indoor (being a talented MH/Opp), going back to indoor with a top-5 program in Wisconsin, and the opportunity as a Badger to play for a National Championship! We end the episode by discussing her connection to the Pepperdine program and an uncertain future-- at least for now-- and the possibilities of playing volleyball on either surface, and beyond!
This week on College Volleyball Weekly, Beach Edition in Mads Fitzpatrick of FSU's school responsibilities filling in will be #10 Grand Canyon's Teagan DeFalco (the best VB player in the DeFalco family), along with the usual suspects of Charlie Ekstrom of #6 Stanford and Rob Espero. Together, they'll jump into a Week 6 Recap and a Week 7 Preview with some of the top athletes of the week in the AVCA Top 15 in Collegiate Beach Volleyball!
This week the College Volleyball Weekly Crew with Big West Representative, Alan Knipe, Head Coach of Long Beach St. discuss the big happenings in Week 12 as we get closer to Conference Tournament time. David Hunt of Pepperdine (in quarantine status) and Jay Hosack of George Mason share potential impacts of their conferences' late COVID cancelations, while Al discusses the "incident" in the Long Beach St./Hawaii match this last weekend regarding artificial fan noise. We close out the episode taking on fan questions relevant to the men's game solicited from social media and Volleytalk!
Week 5 of the NCAA Collegiate Beach season has just completed and with it a lot of movers and shakers across the nation! The "Furious Four" of USC, FSU, LSU and UCLA will be battling this weekend in Los Angeles, Cal Poly is rising to the occasion, FAU and Stanford are catching the eyes of the nation. Charlie Ekstrom of Stanford and Mads Fitzpatrick of Florida St. break down week 5 action, preview week 6 and discuss potential at-large teams with Rob Espero!
BIG WEST IN THE HOUSE! Stepping in to represent the Big West Conference is UCI Head Coach David "Kniff" Kniffin. He and the usual suspects of Dan Friend of Lewis University, Jay Hosack of Pepperdine, Jay Hosack of George Mason discuss the happenings in NCAA D1-2 Men's Volleyball during week 11 of the season. With some conferences wrapping up regular season play we delve into conference tournaments, NCAA Tournament selection criteria and how the challenges the Selection Committee may face. Additionally, the crew takes on some fan questions solicited from fanboards and social media!
This week Charlie Ekstrom of Stanford Beach, Mads Fitzpatrick of Florida St. and host, Rob Espero discuss the eye-catching matches of Week 4 of the NCAA Collegiate Beach season, identify some of the top players and teams, and select the matches they'll be keeping an eye on in Week 5. In our discussion the then-#19 Stanford upset of then-#6 Hawaii, Cal Poly getting into gear and "Riding High," and the AVCA and CollegeBeachVB.com polls. The crew even discusses some of the pairs of the week.
Today the CVW crew looks back at the NCAA D1-2 Men's Volleyball action in Week 10 as teams begin to assert themselves at the top of their conferences-- except for the Big West-- the conference where teams only have 2 BWC matches under their belts. The crew then runs through all the conferences analyzing the standings, top teams and news across the nation and addresses some of fan questions relevant to the game today!
This week Charlie Ekstrom of Stanford Beach, Mads Fitzpatrick of Florida St. and host, Rob Espero discuss the eye-catching matches of Week 3 of the NCAA Collegiate Beach season, identify some of the top players and teams, and select the matches they'll be keeping an eye on in Week 4. Also in this episode is an interview with #3/#3 LSU's newly named AVCA/CollegeBeachVB.com National Pair of the Week, Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss, who discuss their unexpected partnerships together, Taryn's naivete in identifying who they've been defeating at AVPNext events, competitiveness and their success with a 13-0 start in the 2021 season-- all while only dropping one set.
Today the CVW crew looks back at the NCAA D1-2 Men's Volleyball action in Week 9 as we officially move past the mid-point of the 2021 COVID season. The crew then runs through all the conferences analyzing the standings, top teams and news across the nation and addresses some of fan questions relevant to the game today!
It's a "Tree Takeover!" In the absence of Florida St.'s Mads Fitzpatrick, Charlie Ekstrom of Stanford Beach went to someone she could trust-- partner and defender, Sunny Villapondo! The Stanford duo, along with Rob recap Week 2 of the Collegiate Beach season, pick out some top pairs and athletes and look forward to some big duals-- like the #2 FSU vs. #3 LSU at the "March to May" Tournament in Gulf Shores, AL. We meander into a few other topics and end with a few fan questions.
This week the Consortium of College Coaching Intelligence recap Week 8 of the NCAA D1-2 Men's Volleyball season as they talk break down their eye-catching matches, identify top performers of the week and tantalize you with the top matches they'll be watching in Week 9. NOTE: Apologies from Rob. No "Fan Questions" this week. He dropped the ball and got benched.
The 2021 NCAA Collegiate Beach season is in full gear after the first week of competitive action. Charlie Ekstrom of Stanford, Mads Fitzpatrick of Florida St. and Rob Espero (aka "Rob-on-the-Mic") discuss the week 1 highlights, top teams/athletes and the AVCA Top 20 poll released today. The crew then takes a look at top week 2 matches with the top teams and address fan questions regarding Collegiate Beach Volleyball!
It’s the weekly chat about NCAA men’s Division I-II volleyball with George Mason coach Jay Hosack, whose Patriots play in the EIVA; David Hunt of Pepperdine, whose Waves are in the MPSF; and Dan Friend of Lewis, whose Flyers are in the MIVA: The guys discuss the happenings in the Coastal Carolinas, EIVA, MIVA, MPSF and the Big West! The Consortium of Collegiate Coaching Intelligence, Dan, Jay and David tackle some fan-user questions!
This week the "Consortium of Collegiate Coaching Intelligence" weighs in on the Week 6 results and checks in with the top-20 Men's D1-2 indoor teams now all playing in the 2021 season. UMO loses, the MIVA is stacking up, the EIVA is a tight race, the MPSF is a one-pony show-- at the moment, and the Big West is heavily favored by the crew! We close out the episode with a "lightning round" of user solicited questions! You don't want to miss this one!
It is an exciting week for Collegiate Beach Volleyball because the season is officially ON! Charlie Ekstrom of Stanford and Mads Fitzpatrick of Florida St. throw down their thoughts on the CollegeBeachVB.com preseason awards and discuss the upcoming "matches of interest of the first week of the 2021 season of the top 20 teams!
The College Volleyball Weekly (CVW) crew discuss the news, names, teams and topics of Week 5 of the NCAA D1-2 season across the nation. COVID cancelled matches still occurring in all the conferences while the Big West Conferences top teams drop their schedules. USC, NJIT and McKendree letting teams know that they're cracking the top 15 in the AVCA poll by taking down top teams, as we conclude the episode with an around-the-nation rundown.
The CVW crew discusses the some of the top D1-2 news of the week like the upset of both #1 BYU and #3 Lewis by #8 UCLA and NR Ohio St. this last week. The guys talk about the effects of COVID affecting game readiness as well as the impacts on lineups. And yes, the Big West is still undefeated, along with Pepperdine and Loyola. Jay discusses the "Sports Illustrated Curse" as his #1 picks in the AVCA poll the last 2 weeks have been upset. Is it good for Jay to deem you with the #1 ranking? We find out here on the show!
This week the Consortium of Collegiate Coaching Intelligence (C3I) go head on to the NVA/AVCA D1-2 Men's Coaches' Poll #2 breaking down who belongs where, whether teams are playing or not, and Jay's rationale for voting Lewis as #1 in our young, post-COVID-Cancelled season. We then look into a week of 5-set thrillers, extended sets and the "Beast of the East," NJIT and how Dan and his Flyers got out of PA with an unblemished record. Additionally, we discuss the Big West Conference news and what the schedule is looking like and why. And of course we end with some fan questions gathered from the "inquiry minds who want to know!"
As we stand approximately 1 month out for the 2021 Collegiate Beach season to kick into gear there is no doubt there is great excitement and anticipation. Adding to that is the AVCA Preseason Coaches' Poll which came out January 27th. With that, it was time to bring together the CVW Beach Crew of Mads Fitzpatrick of Florida St. and Charlie Ekstrom of Stanford to break down the top 20. Tap or click into this Episode as our student-athletes break down the poll, teams and individual athletes on the Viral Volley Podcast!
As NCAA Men's D1-2 Volleyball enters Week 3 after 300+ days without competition the "Consortium of Collegiate Coaching Intelligence," Pepperdine Head Coach David Hunt, Lewis Head Coach Dan Friend and George Mason Head Coach Jay Hosack discuss the top 15 teams of the NCAA D1-2 Men's Volleyball season. This week's topics include teams' adaptations to lineups with additions, returning players, absent players and adjustments due to COVID. The crew also discusses the darkhorse "Beast of the East," NJIT and what the status is of the Big West Men's Volleyball season and schedule. From there we jump into the top matches and performers of Week 2, and what the guys will be watching in Week 3.
After 16 years UC Irvine Assistant Coach Mark Presho is retiring from NCAA Men's Volleyball. In those years UCI has become known as a volleyball powerhouse with 4 National Championships, 24 All-Americans, 35 and All-Conference honorees-- all under Coach Presho's watch. In this episode, "Presh" discusses his reason for retiring now, the impacts he has had on the UCI program and his ability to do well in a significantly lesser amount of time from a traditional assistant. Even after a head coaching change in 2012, he stayed on board to add the 4th National Championship in 2013. To close out the episode we look at some of his memorable players, what others who know "Presh" have said on social media and a mashup of former coaching staff members' well wishes and/or memories with Presh.
In this episode UCLA Beach and 2019 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honoree Abby Van Winkle joins Rob Espero to discuss her success with her collegiate career partners her first two years, playing at the No. 3 spot behind names like Megan & Nicole McNamara, and Sarah Sponcil & Lily Justine-- along with playing with fiery partner, Zana Muno, while chipping in time in a few duals with long-time friend, Lindsey Sparks. Abby then talks about hers (and Zana's) part in winning the backend of back-to-back National Championships in Gulf Shores in their dual-clinching match. Also in this episode Abby takes on some Volleytalk fan questions, and takes a stab at an "NCAA Sisters Ranking"-- as she ranks all the sister pairs between the McNamaras, Nourses, Hallgrens and Van Winkles.
Paige Tapp joins Rob Espero in a continued conversation from VolleyballMag.com (https://bit.ly/3nKGCFX) to discuss the upcoming oppotunity to compete in the United States in a women's professional league, Athletes Unlimited. Paige discusses the "Minnesota Middle" connection, playing with a high-caliber program, which will result in matchups vs. MANY former Golden Gopher Middles, athletes and friends. Paige then discusses the scoring methodology and discusses the opportunity to play with and against some some of the top volley-ballers in the the world. She closes out the episode by "drafting" who she would want in Week 1 of the competition (if she was a team captain) and who she would consult to help build her team-- citing that Hugh McCutcheon's and Karch Kiraly's phones would blow up from text messages from former athletes in the competition!
On this inaugural episode of College Volleyball Weekly: Coast 2 Coast Collegiate Beach edition, standouts and contributors Charlie Ekstrom of Stanford and Mads Fitzpatrick of Florida St. discuss COVID impacts, 2020 season recaps, 2021 team outlooks and 2021 athlete/team watchlists. In addition, Rob discusses some of the social media tidbits and semi-recent news regarding collegiate beach volleyball.
The CVW crew (aka the Collegiate Consortium of Coaching Intelligence) welcomes aboard Pepperdine Men's Volleyball Head Coach, David Hunt as a contributor to the show! Jay Hosack of George Mason and Dan Friend of Lewis chime in with Rob Espero to discuss some heavy topics that occurred this last year like the cancellation of Stanford Men's Volleyball after the 2021 season, the NCAA FBS minimum sports waiver request, training during COVID, status of the 2021 season, and schedules. We finish the show on some positive notes with team outlooks, players to watch, and top 2020 moments for each contributor. We also delve into David Hunt's "Knee Injury" in front of USA WNT OH and Team Captain, Jordan Larson.
Easily the two of the most dominant athletes in the world of women’s volleyball representing the National Teams of the USA and Germany, Jordan Larson, Louisa Lippmann and Rob Espero virtually gather for this week’s Viral Volley chat. Jordan and Louisa are fresh off of winning the bronze medal in the Chinese Volleyball Association professional league after 22 matches in 35 days. They share how they spent their unplanned time off due to the “p-word or c-word” (I just don’t like typing them out anymore), their journey to playing this year in China and doing so in a time of multiple adaptations due to the “p-word.” We close out by talking about their performances during the bronze medal round and their reflections during this time in history.
We slowly edge closer to the NCAA Collegiate Beach season—assuming COVID doesn’t wreak any more havoc. In this episode of the Viral Volley Podcast, we bring in College Volleyball Weekly and chat with Seminole Team Captain, Madison “Mads” Fitzpatrick. Mads talks about the Seminole team that had only one dual loss in the 2020 season— which came in her dual-deciding, nail-biting 15-13 3rd-set-match vs. USC at the Hilton Head Invitational. Although that loss came early in the season Mads pulled off an excellent season playing in the No. 2 spot with Alice Zeimann and Maddie Anderson before the abbreviated pandemic season. Mads is an influential leader who works hard, plays hard and embodies the encouraging and mentoring characteristics that Coach Brooke Niles infuses in her program. We close out the episode discussing the Seminoles’ acquisitions of some pretty big “Bigs” in indoor All-American Torrey Van Winden (6’3” Cal Poly) and Sydney Wetterstrom (6’4” Michigan), talented first-years as well as an arsenal of returnees from last season.
In this episode of the Viral Volley Podcast former Big West rivals put aside their differences to “colab” in the Italian professional league with Tonno Calippo Calabria Vibo-Valentia (yes, that is the FULL name of the team they’re on)! 4x AVCA All-American and 2x National Champion TJ DeFalco of Long Beach St. and All Big West honoree Dante Chakravorti of UCI share their current experience in Italy with competition during COVID times, their careers so far and their thoughts on the situation for all NCAA athletes, particularly their former teammates, coaches and programs. We end the episode with the release of a special toy for the Christmas 2020 season behind the creative spark of TJ’s sister, Teagan DeFalco (Indoor/Beach Grand Canyon University).
After the shortened 2020 Collegiate Beach Volleyball season an unexpected partnership formed between AVCA Beach and Indoor All-Americans Kristen Nuss and Taryn Kloth. From it we saw 12 tournament finals with victories, with 2 of them being AVPNext tournaments with highly reputable names in the game. In this episode Kristen and Taryn share about the 2020 season, how they came to play in tournaments during the pandemic, how they trained during this time and what to expect to see come the 2021 season in the CCSA and the LSU Sandy Tigers!
In this episode of the Viral Volley Podcast USA Men’s National Team Middle Blocker David Smith drops in to talk about his Zaksa team and how they are 8-0 to kick off the Plusliga season. With the team not having to go to a single 5th-set this season so far it would seem they are unstoppable, however living in pandemic times means that there is another opponent hovering about—COVID. With leagues and sports teams attempting to maintain safety protocols worldwide nobody is invulnerable to the detrimental effects of an outbreak. David shares his experience with being the last team in Plusliga to experience a COVID outbreak with 10 of 14 teammates contracting the coronavirus.