Archive for December, 2011

Danielson wins Lowe’s award

December 15th, 2011
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If you want to check out the story I wrote on Danielson and Kim Hill.

http://www.seniorclassaward.com/columns/view/the_left_coasts_top_players_-_danielson_and_hill_completing_well_rounded_co

Here’s the release:

University of Hawaii outside hitter Kanani Danielson received the 2011 Lowes Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball Wednesday. Danielson will formally receive the coveted award Thursday during the first semifinal of the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.

To have been eligible, student-athletes must have been classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Danielson was named Wednesday to the AVCA All-America First Team along with sophomore Emily Hartong, who earned second team honors. She became just the third four-time AVCA all-America winner in program history, and sixth three-time first team selection.

The award was determined by a selection process that includes NCAA Division I collegiate coaches, national media, and fans. The acronym “CLASS” stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.

Danielson exits the UH women’s volleyball program fifth in career kills (1,760) and digs (1,233). She is also just the seventh player with more than 1,000 of each. In her final two matches, an NCAA second round win over Colorado State and a loss to USC in the regional semifinal, she had more than 20 kills and digs including a career-high 23 digs against USC.

Illinois tops USC in 5

December 15th, 2011
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TV says 430 so they may fill for an hour.

Still don’t have TV working so am on ESPN3.com.

Still thinking it will be UCLA and SC Saturday.

UCLA sweeps Florida State, gains final

December 15th, 2011
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If anyone is interested, Bruins vs. Seminoles.

Congrats to Mike Sealy national COY

December 15th, 2011
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Great job by Mike with the Bruins, getting them to the final four in his second season.

nice to see they gave it to someone on the West Coast. I do hope that SC and UCLA make the finals just to make a statement to the selection committee about their seeds.

Here’s Mike’s bio:

In only his second season at the head of the UCLA women’s program, Sealy has guided the Bruins to an NCAA Tournament Final Four appearance. Boasting an impressive 28-6 record heading into the final weekend of the 2011 season, the Bruins knocked off Texas and the defending champions, Penn State, in the regional round to earn a match with Florida State in San Antonio, Tx. The semifinal appearance is the 12th for the UCLA program, and the first since 2006.

Under the guidance of Sealy, UCLA posted a 17-5 record in a loaded Pac-12 Conference, good enough for a second-place finish. The Bruins hit full-stride just as postseason play was set to begin, closing out the regular season with a win over then-number one USC and receiving a ninth overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. This season, six Bruins were recognized with All-Conference honors by the Pac-12, and Rachel Kidder was tabbed as an AVCA Division I First-Team All-American.

Sealy returned to his alma mater in 2010 after serving from 2006-2009 as the associate head coach at the University of Hawai’i. He was a standout player on the men’s team at UCLA, earning All-American honors in three seasons. He then stayed on as an assistant with the men’s team from 2003 to 2006 and also assisted with the women’s program during the 2005 season.

After graduating from UCLA in 1993, Sealy headed overseas to continue a professional volleyball career. He also competed on the U.S. National team in both 1994 and 1997.

Interview replays available on espn1420am.com

December 14th, 2011
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For those who missed what coaches say on selected shows on 1420am, Gary Dickman reminded me about their vault archive.

on the espn1420am.com  website under audio & blogs

shoji’s interview from the other day on the Sports Animals is there