September 5, 1991 |
When Natalie Williams steps onto the volleyball court today for the season-opening tournament at the University of Hawaii, she will no longer be a mild-mannered sophomore hoping to make her mark. Williams, instead, will be a mild-mannered junior having not only made her mark, but stamped it on wooden floors across the country with a left-handed wallop that helped earn her Volleyball Monthly magazine's player-of-the-year honors, as she led the Bruins to the national championship.
October 29, 1990 |
Ashley and Rachel Wacholder grew up on the beach, so it only makes sense that they spent most of their time surfing and playing volleyball. But the strand of sand offered a different temptation for the sisters--a soft landing pad for the favorite sport of their youth . . . gymnastics. "We used to go out on the beach and practice all the time," Ashley Wacholder said. "We were completely dedicated to gymnastics."
October 1, 1990 |
Missy Clements didn't stick around to help the La Habra High School girls' volleyball team win its first Division II state championship last season. Instead, the Highlanders' standout middle blocker was in the locker room watching her left knee swell to the size of a grapefruit. She had separated her kneecap while spiking the ball in the first game of the match against Campolindo, a school in Moraga, Calif. "When I went up to hit the ball it was set near my left shoulder," Clements said.
November 27, 1992 |
Debbie Brown and a few friends got together in South Bend, Ind., last month and reminisced about old times. This is what they remembered: --Practicing for hours as teen-agers in a rundown, little gym at Santa Fe Springs. --Leading USC to an undefeated season, the only one in collegiate women's volleyball history. --Creating controversy when seven of the eight members of their Trojan team left college to join the U.S. national team.
March 12, 1993 |
Officials with the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals men's beach tour are planning to expand with a women's division this season, a move that could jeopardize the future of the Women's Professional Volleyball Assn. tour. Officials with the women's tour and the Women's Sports Foundation are upset with the AVP, which is attempting to sign eight of the top WPVA players to six-year contracts. Sources said the contracts are worth $20,000 to $40,000 per player, depending on their ranking.
May 7, 1993 |
It might not take long for Paula Weishoff to dominate beach volleyball the way she has the indoor game. "(The beach game is) all new to me," said Weishoff, who returned two weeks ago from Italy, where she was competing in a professional indoor league. "It's hard to play in the wind. I'm used to running indoors and getting there quickly. But on sand it's like cartoons, you run and don't get anywhere."
September 26, 1988 |
At 10:30 on Sunday night, in a college gymnasium 7,000 miles from home, before a dwindling crowd that had long ago stopped chanting "PAY-RU, PAY-RU" and "USA, USA," Laurel Kessel was still diving head first onto a hard floor in pursuit of a volleyball. Almost an hour before, her hopes and the hopes of her teammates for an Olympic medal had ended. They had ended with Kessel chasing down an errant pass from Keba Phipps and not quite getting a handle on it.
December 11, 1991
Capistrano Valley High School middle blocker Allyson Carpenter, a two-time All-South Coast League selection in volleyball, has signed a letter of intent to attend Cal State Long Beach in the fall. Carpenter, who was recruited as an outside hitter, also visited Colorado State and San Diego State and canceled a trip to Oregon.
December 20, 1991 |
Most volleyball coaches figured the Laguna Beach High School girls' team would slip a notch after outside hitter Ashley Wacholder and setter Kealy Clarke graduated last spring. But the coaches made one major error. They overlooked the fact that Rachel Wacholder, Ashley's sister, was returning for her junior season. Overlooking Wacholder, after all, was easy to do. She stands only 5 feet 8. Her voice is soft and she appears to be about as ferocious as a puppy.