Monday, August 30, 2010

Set Your DVR's-Miners on Fox Sports AZ this weekend

I just did my usual scan of the Direct TV search function and found that Fox Sports AZ-channel 686-will broadcast the Miners vs. Aggies Friday night tilt at 12:30 AM (CT) on Saturday. We'll be watching the match online Friday night, then we'll fire up the old DVR for coffee, Kringle and Miners volleyball on Saturday morning!

For you Texans and Las Crucians who've never heard of Kringle, it's a decadent Danish pastry you can get online or in HyVee stories in the upper midwest.

Durham and the NCCU/Hilton RTP Tourney Recap

Pretty good opening tournament for the Miners. The base rotation for the weekend was as follows:
  • OH-Melissa Toth, Bridget Logan (Taylor Nix registered a very crisp kill in one set of play)

  • MB-Kyla Muela, Jeane Horton (Cassandra Burrel in for one set)

  • S-Patty Jarmoc (Malia Patterson set for a couple of points on day one)

  • RS-Jax

  • DS-Victoria Valencia, Jenny Nolasco and Ashley Mullens

  • L-Stephanie Figueroa
The only blemish was a four set loss to Elon on day one. Elon was a very junior/senior heavy team and they played with a lot of fire and precision.

Melissa and Patty were selected to the all-tournament team, and my MVP was Victoria Valencia. The true freshman started in every set and was the first server in every set. What a joy to watch Victoria play the whole weekend with a big smile on her face. Great catch for Ken and Angela keeping Victoria in El Paso.

Jacquie finished the weekend third on the team in kills and second in hitting percentage. After the first week of play, UTEP is number one in CUSA in the hitting percentage category and Kyla (.449) and Jax (.397) are in the top four.

Note to UTEP Sports Info: Her first name is spelled "Jacquie" not "Jackie."

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Durham Update

Got in at around 10 pm. Started the day at the University of Louisville with our oldest son. Liked it a lot. Tried to stop in at UK but the traffic was miserable. New Dad rule in the college selection process-If I can't get to campus on a Thursday afternoon without getting into a jam, no kid of mine is going to that school.

Stopped for lunch in Huntington. Got a Frostop Root Beer. The place reminded me of the A&W stand my dad used to take us to after knothole baseball games.

Miner vball season kicks off first thing in the am. Jacquie texted us this afternoon to say national champion, Penn State, and CeCe Twitty's Villanova Wildcats are in the same hotel. Both are in town for a tourney at UNC. Good luck CeCe. You are going to need it against Blair Brown and co.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Durham Bound!

The 2010 season starts on Friday at NC Central in Durham! We'll head out tomorrow evening and try to make it to Louisiville tomorrow night. We'll be back in our old Raleigh/Durham stomping grounds Thursday night. Bojangles country ham biscuits and the sweetest sweet tea on earth await.

Nice article about senior setter Patti Jarmoc on the Prospector today. The caption for the image in the article reads: "Senior setter Patty Jarmoc enters her third year as a starter." Too bad they used a picture of Cassandra Burruel. Bet they would have known the difference between the Miner's punter and place kicker. That's OK, I'm sure the El Paso Times and the UTEP Athletics web sites will be rolling out their Miners volleyball previews any day now. Yup, any day now...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Volleytalk Talk About CUSA Vball

So today I see "Zomofo's" take on CUSA volleyball over at Volleytalk. Zomo's got our Miners dead last:

I don't see a preseason poll for Conference USA. Did they eliminate it ?
Here are my predictions:

1) Tulsa -best talent and high level coaching

2) Rice-returns several top players, could be #1

3) Marshall-Plenty of key returners and great coaching

4) Tulane-Lost key starters to transfer, will likely get more.

5) SMU- Returns most of their top players

6) Houston- New coach, but gets players
back from injuries

7) Southern Miss- Conference champ last year, new coach, could
be higher or lower.

8) Memphis-Returns injured players, and upperclassmen

9) ECU- should make the move out of the bottom this year

10) UAB- several new players

11) UCF- lost best players to graduation, still bottom dweller.

12) UTEP- Could be really bad this year*

*UTEP goes into this season with a senior setter, an Andi Collins finalist setter backing her up, a NJCAA First Team All American backing up a solid senior on defense and two 6' 2" Seniors Aces in the front row. Don't sweat it Miner fans. This team will be markedly better this year.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

CUSA Volleyball Preseason Rankings, Says Me

The progosticators on volleytalk have been real busy this summer chattering about the usual suspect programs. One strand a few months ago was started by some hoser who asked what was up with "the USA Conference?" I've waited somewhat patiently for one of the anonymmous experts to offer their take on that USA Conference...crickets.

Here is my take as a rookie dad in D1 Vball:

1. Rice-Returning studs at setter, OH and Libero.

2. Tulsa-OH Tyler Henderson is a girlie toy cannon (Jimmy Wynn old school baseball reference)

3. Southern Miss-2009 regular season champs say they are on a mission after getting whacked in the CUSA tourney...with a rookie coach who has had the job for around three months

4. UCF-Injuries kept this squad from doing more damage last season. Dr. Evil, aka Todd Dagenais, is a top-notch coach.

5. UTEP-Veteran leadership, improved defense and much more physical attack and block packages

6. Marshall-Coach Ratigan's kids are scrappy (my observation from watching them play UCF on TV last season)

7. SMU-Guessing-they have a preseason conference all-star shorty OH in Dana Powell and my wife met the mom of their Libero at a tournament, and mom thought they would be pretty good.

8. UAB-Sister Messerschmitt is down a couple of Euro ringers

9. Memphis-The new collegiate home for Serbian ringers

10. Tulane-Two key Serbians are now Florida State Seminoles

11. Houston-Brand new coach and I think their setter from last year bailed.

12. ECU-Two freshmen setters and all but one of their recruits played club ball for the Lollipop Guild

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dreaming On...About Conference Realignment

Fresno State and Nevada announced today that they will join the Mountain West in 2011. BYU might join the WAC in all sports not football. This leaves a smushed WAC, a somewhat depleted Mountain West and a previously depleted Big 12. Then let's say some eastern conferences can be coerced into stealing UCF, Memphis, Marshall and ECU. How about this for a new Texas dominated athletic conference? And they called it the Wild West Conference...or the Hook' em Who(?) Conference.

Southern Miss
Texas Tech

Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Conference USA Media

Conference USA is out with their pre-season all conference team-as voted by the coaches-zero Miners on the list.

The CUSA web site also has a link to 2010 signees. No Jacquie and no Taylor Nix on that list. Crackerjack staff over there at CUSA HQ.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Transitions and Introductions

Jcasonvball was created to host recruiting videos. Jacquie left for UTEP on Thursday. Practice for the 2010 UTEP Miners begins tomorrow, and even though this site has served its purpose, I think I will keep using it as a vehicle to chronicle Jacquie's collegiate career.

For you Miner fans, I can tell you without hesitation that Jacquie is all about...

1. Joy: The smile that rarely leaves her face on the court is an expression of the joy she feels when the game is on. Check out the header for this blog and you'll see what I mean.

2. Competing: Boys in gym class didn't want to play against her because she had a tendency to run them over in pursuit of the ball, the puck...whatever. She was the unanimous MVP of a high school tournament last fall in which her team finished 5th.

3. Toughness: She played several tournaments this spring and led her club team to a Junior Olympics bid while fighting off pneumonia, pleurisy and patellar tendonitis so bad she could barely bend her knees.

Monday, August 2, 2010

New Miner for 2011

Picked this up on the Miner Rush fan page. Madison Morris is a 6' middle from Killeen, Texas who will join the Miners in 2011. Watched a couple of video clips of Madison on YouTube. Looks like the Miners are going to get even more physical a year from now.

Madison will join DS/L Ashley Peak of Colorado Springs in the 2011 class.

Welcome Miner Rush'ers

Thanks to the folks at Miner Rush for picking up this blog. Miner Vball practice kicks off next week. Several new faces on a 2010 team that should be physical up front and very skilled on defense.