The Warriors are ranked No. 8 in this week’s AVCA volleyball poll, a jump of four spaces following victories over top-ranked Southern California and Ohio State.
Not saying UH should be higher, but does USC still deserve to be No. 1 after losing to UH in four sets?
1. Southern California (2-1)
2. Cal State Northridge (3-0)
3. Stanford (0-0)
(Tie) UC Irvine (3-1)
5. Brigham Young (2-1)
6. Penn State (2-1)
7. Pepperdine (0-1)
8. Hawai‘i (2-1)
9. Long Beach State (1-2)
10. UCLA (1-2)
11. Ohio State (0-3)
(Tied) UC San Diego (1-2)
13. Ball State (0-0)
14. UC Santa Barbara (0-3)
15. Lewis (0-0)
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One of our dear members of our blog family — LongTimeUHFan (Fred Pang) — passed away today.
He will be missed.
Thoughts and prayers to his wife Lorna.
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Wideout Darius Bright of City College of San Francisco will be a welcomed addition for the Warriors. He’s tall (6-5), fast (4.5 range) and, according to his JC coach George Rush, a terrific blocker.
Bright will compete at right wideout, a position where Jovonte Taylor started last year. The Warriors hope Taylor will be granted a medical hardship allowing him to play as a sixth-year senior in 2010. Taylor has a legitimate claim: In 2008, he suffered a virus that caused him to lose about 25 pounds. He was forced to withdraw from school to return to Los Angeles, where he was treated.
After a slow start, which was related to a sprained ankle, Taylor emerged as one of the Warriors’ top play-makers in 2009. His yards-after-catch average was more than 10 yards. He also was a dependable kick returner.
UH no longer is optimistic about Taylor’s chances for an exemption. A candidate usually needs to miss two seasons because of injuries or illness during a five-year window, although there have been cases where one missed season was sufficient. Wideout Ian Sample was granted a sixth year in 2006 to make up for the year he missed when he withdrew from school to take care of his mother.
If Taylor does not come back, then Bright will join Royce Pollard, Malcolm Lane and Billy Ray Stutzmann in the competition for the right wideout’s job.
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Happy birthday to former UH wideout Jeremiah Cockheran.