December 18, 2003 |
Mick Haley had a five-year plan in mind when he took the USC women's volleyball job after coaching the U.S. women's national team. It wasn't about building a program. It was about putting the Trojans back on a path to dominance. "Gosh, I remember when it was 2000 and now it's almost 2004," Haley said with a laugh. "We've been focused within our team on a day-to-day basis for that whole time. Now all at once, this has exploded."
November 19, 2003 |
The chatter in the Newport Harbor locker room before Tuesday's Southern Section Division II-AA girls' volleyball semifinal match at Huntington Beach Edison turned to a familiar theme, even though the eight seniors who make up the Sailors' heart and soul knew it might have a telling effect on their performance. On the horizon, should they defeat Edison, was almost assuredly another shot at top-seeded Manhattan Beach Mira Costa. None of those seniors have beaten Mira Costa in their careers.
October 14, 2003 |
Andrea Collins' presence is felt in profound ways, even more than five weeks after her death. Her teammates on the Santa Ana Mater Dei High girls' volleyball team feel it every time they look toward the bench, where Collins' No. 54 jersey occupies an otherwise empty chair during Monarch games. "She's there," said Kim King, a senior middle blocker. "We have 18 players on our team, not 17. Andi is our 18th girl."
September 19, 2003 |
In the last month, Stein Metzger was dumped by his beach volleyball partner, found out about it when his girlfriend read it in the newspaper, and, as if that wasn't enough, was defeated by his former partner in an important coin flip for an Olympic qualifying tournament. And you think you've had a rough go of it lately.
August 18, 2003 |
The wheel of parity kept spinning Sunday, and it finally landed on a familiar name. In one of the most unpredictable seasons in AVP Tour history, Karch Kiraly, who will be 43 in November, became the oldest player to win an AVP Tour tournament. Kiraly and partner Brent Doble are the seventh team to win in seven AVP tournaments this season. They beat Sean Scott and Todd Rogers, 21-16, 21-16, at the Nissan Series Huntington Beach Open.
May 11, 2003 |
Isaac Owens thought his Anaheim Esperanza team would have a terrific chance at defending its Division I title when the Southern Section boys' volleyball playoffs beginthis week. But that was before the Sunset League match at Fountain Valley on Tuesday, when the Aztecs lost outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky to an ankle injury. "This is terrible news," Owens said. "It couldn't have happened at a worse time."
August 12, 2002 |
As a teenager, Eric Fonoimoana used to be part of the set-up crew at the Manhattan Beach Open, making sure the nets were tight and the sidelines were straight before the tournament began. It was a good summer job for a kid who lived three blocks from the Manhattan Beach pier. And he always had a sweet seat to watch legends Mike Dodd and Tim Hovland win year after year the tournament dubbed the "Wimbledon of the sand" by beach volleyball fans.
December 23, 2001
FIRST TEAM Haley Jorgensborg Marymount Sr. S-OH The 5-11 setter and outside hitter led the Sailors to a second consecutive state Division IV championship as well as the Southern Section Division IV-AA title. * Katy Daly San Clemente Sr. OH The 6-0 outside hitter helped lead the Tritons to their first Southern Section championship and was selected Division 1 co-player of the year. * Breegan Mulligan Mater Dei Sr.