For its fans, the most hopeful thing is the UH volleyball team’s 0-2 start really doesn’t have much meaning.
In most every other NCAA sport, accumulating non-conference victories is essential to post-season chances. Not so for members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, which has secured the at-large berth in all but one of the past 20 NCAA championship tournaments.
In men’s volleyball, early non-conference matches can be used to develop chemistry.
Now, if UH struggles in MPSF matches against Stanford next week, that’s a different story …
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So, the NCAA shortens volleyball matches to 25 points, but a UH match still pushes three hours?
That’s because UH still insists on the extended break between the second and third sets — a break that apparently is neither an NCAA nor television rule. There was the usual three-minute break between sets two and three during the non-UH matches in the Outrigger Invitational.
Timeouts also are supposed to be a minute. But because the announcers need time to lead out and into the action, the timeouts for UH home matches were extended to 1:15, then 1:30, and now 1:45. Thing is there usually is more than a two-minute break during timeouts. So that can be up to 10 minutes of dead time per set. Mulitply that by, say, four sets and the extended break …
Solution? How about eliminating the extending break, and offering teams the option of a 30-second timeout. Most timeouts are used to break a server’s rhythm, anyway.
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Happy birthday to the wonderful Faye Wai.