Saturday, 25 March 2023

International Volleyball

NCAA volleyball report: Butler tabs Shondell; AVCA polls and POWs, men’s update

NCAA volleyball report: Butler tabs Shondell; AVCA polls and POWs, men's update

There’s another Shondell coaching NCAA Division I women’s volleyball, we have the AVCA men’s and beach polls and POWs, and NCAA Division I-II is deep into mid-season non-conference play — but the biggest match won’t be streamed or televised.

SHONDELL TO BUTLER: Kyle Shondell, son of Purdue coach Dave Shondell and the 2022 AVCA NAIA coach of the year, is the new head coach at Butler.

Shondell, who went 56-21 the past four seasons at Indiana Tech, took that program to the NAIA national tournament the past two seasons. The Purdue graduate previously was the head coach at Huntington University and Rock Valley College.

Kyle Shondell, left, and his dad, Purdue coach Dave Shondell

Shondell takes over a team that finished 16-15 in 2022, 10-8 in the Big East. Sharon Clark retired last month after 23 seasons at the school. Butler has been to the NCAA Tournament twice, in 1997 and 2010.

AVCA MEN: Another week, another week of stability in the top 15. Nos. 1-9 stayed the same. USC moved up a spot to No. 10, Ball State did the same at No. 11, and Stanford dropped two spots to No. 12. No one dropped out.

Click here for the complete AVCA Men’s National Collegiate Coaches Poll.

AVCA BEACH: Unlike the men, an unpredictable weekend resulted in a major poll shakeup, but only in the top five. 

The new No. 1 is TCU, up from third. USC jumped two spots to No. 1, UCLA dropped two to No. 3, and Florida State and LSU are tied for No. 5. 

There was slight movement in the rest of the top 20

Click here for the complete AVCA Collegiate Beach Coaches Poll.

AVCA MEN’S POW: The national player of the week is Nate Meyer, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter for independent Missouri S&T. Meyer’s team had two sweeps last week and he averaged 5.33 kills, hit .519, and averaged 1.16 digs. Missouri University of Science and Technology is in Rolla, Missouri, and was formerly known as Missouri School of Mines.

AVCA BEACH POW: The national top pair honor went to Megan Kraft and Delaynie Maple of USC. Kraft, a 6-foot-junior, and Maple, a 5-10 junior, are both products of Torrey Pines HS in San Diego. Last week they won four matches without losing a set at the Pac-12 South Invitational, including a sweep against top-ranked UCLA.

MEN’S SCHEDULE: The Thursday schedule has eight matches, including a battle between No. 2 vs. No. 3.

First, there are eight matches on the Wednesday slate, one involving ranked teams when No. 11 Ball State of the MIVA goes to No. 5…

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