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.
October 5, 1989 |
As a child, Ali Wood had the kind of natural athleticism and competitiveness that could helped her excel in most any sport she wished to pursue. Swimming, softball, basketball, volleyball, track and field, ballet . . . Wood, a senior at UC Irvine, easily found success, even with minimal effort. But when she came to Irvine on a volleyball scholarship as a freshman three years ago, Wood found herself leading the team not in kills, digs or blocks, but in excuses.
November 7, 1999 |
Allison Ahlfeldt has played volleyball on the beach and in grade school. She has played volleyball on her high school team, Notre Dame Academy, and on a local club team, South Bay. She was recruited by such colleges as Hawaii-Pacific to play. Never has Ahlfeldt, a bright, 21-year-old UC Irvine junior, thought of herself as disabled in any way.
December 9, 1994 |
Tears come to Traci Dahl daily, except on the volleyball court. Dahl blocks out the painful thoughts of her father's death, albeit only momentarily, because of her responsibilities as the starting middle blocker for defending Division I national champion Long Beach State. Although she sometimes wonders if volleyball should be in her life right now, Dahl is confident her father wouldn't want it any other way.