Archive for October, 2009

Holly McPeak Inducted into Volleyball Hall of Fame

Posted by on Friday, 30 October, 2009
AVP Hermosa Beach Open

May 19 2007
HERMOSA BEACH, CA – MAY 19: Holly McPeak dives for a dig during the AVP Hermosa Beach Open match against Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh at the Hermosa Beach Pier on May 19, 2007 in Hermosa Beach, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Holly McPeak was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame today in Holyoke, Mass., the birthplace of volleyball.

Here are some of her accomplishments. Holly McPeak was a three-time beach volleyball Olympian for the United States and competed in the first three Olympic Games events for the discipline – 1996, 2000 and 2004. In 2004 she earned an Olympic bronze medal in 2004 with partner Elaine Youngs. She holds 72 career beach titles, including 19 FIVB titles, two FIVB Grand Slam events titles and 53 domestic titles. In 2002, McPeak became the first woman worldwide to surpass $1 million career earnings. She was named the MVP in three different USA leagues, along with being an eight-time Best Defensive Player of the Year in those three leagues.

MLS Power Rankings Going Into MLS Cup Playoffs

Posted by on Tuesday, 27 October, 2009

Here are the final Power Rankings from going into the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Columbus Crew stand atop the rankings with LA Galaxy taking the second spot and one first-place vote.

Note from Power Ranking points are compiled from ballots submitted by a panel of MLS experts. First-place votes are in parentheses. Power Rankings Top 3

Rank Last Team Breakdown Points
1 1 Columbus Crew A second consecutive Supporters’ Shield is certainly a welcome prize in Columbus, but along with that prize comes a Conference Semifinal opening leg at Rio Tinto Stadium, unquestionably one of MLS’s toughest road venues.
Last: Lost to NE, 1-0. Next: Sat. at RSL.
88 (5)
2 2 Los Angeles Galaxy A convincing win over what had been a hot San Jose side gave the Galaxy the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, as well as a nice segue into what’s sure to be one of the most heated playoff matchups in league history.
Last: Beat SJ, 2-0. Next: Sun. at CHV.
85 (1)
3 3 Houston Dynamo Dominic Kinnear could not have been too pleased to see a 3-0 lead nearly disappear at The Home Depot Center, but after just one win in seven prior league games, the victory was a welcome sight for Houston.
Last: Beat CHV, 3-2. Next: Thurs. at SEA.

About MLS: Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and was founded in 1996, after the country hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup. MLS kicked off its 14th campaign on March 19, 2009 with the League’s 15th and newest team Seattle Sounders FC making their debut. The new club in Seattle has been a resounding success, averaging nearly 31,000 fans per match. MLS continues to grow as the Philadelphia Union will begin play in 2010 and teams in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Portland, Oregon will become the 17th and 18th clubs in 2011.

Cuba Defeats USA to Net NORCECA Gold and Ticket to FIVB World Grand Champions Cup

Posted by on Saturday, 17 October, 2009
Cuban players celebrate their 14th Norceca title and the ticket to Japan

Cuban players celebrate their 14th Norceca title and the ticket to Japan. Photo courtesy of FIVB

Cuba defeated the United States 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22 for the gold medal at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship. The win nets Cuba the last remaining ticket to the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.

Jen Kessy Video Spotlight

Posted by on Wednesday, 14 October, 2009

Video Spotlight: Get to Know Jen Kessy

Beach Bits:

  • Kessy has been ranked in the AVP’s top 10 in four of the five seasons from 2004-2008.
  • Kessy ended the 2008 AVP season with a win in the individual event and the FIVB season with a pair of victories.
  • In her last five tournaments of 2008, Kessy collected a total of $101,000 in prize money.

Video and Beach Bits courtesy of AVP

Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Continues in 2012 Olympics

Posted by on Friday, 9 October, 2009

OLY-2008-VOLLEYBALL-FINAL-USA-BRA, originally uploaded by betofaistauer.
Brazil’s Sheilla Castro (R) spikes the ball as US players Heather Bown (L) and Logan Tom (C) attempt to block during the women’s volleyball gold medal match in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 23, 2008. AFP PHOTO / MUSTAFA OZER (Photo credit should read MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)

The International Olympic Committee has decided to accept Volleyball and Beach Volleyball, under the authority and governance of the FIVB, as Olympic disciplines for another Olympic cycle. Volleyball and Beach Volleyball will be part of the 26 sports represented at the 2012 Games in London.