Monday, August 30, 2010
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.
- 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)
- DS-Victoria Valencia, Jenny Nolasco and Ashley Mullens
- L-Stephanie Figueroa
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
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
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
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" Prepvolleyball.com Seniors Aces in the front row. Don't sweat it Miner fans. This team will be markedly better this year.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
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
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.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
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
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
Madison will join DS/L Ashley Peak of Colorado Springs in the 2011 class.