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NCAA News Wrap-up, 1/20/10

Published on January 20, 2010 by   ·   No Comments

A possible Penn State visit to the White House, the mens’ NCAA season kicks off, coaching accolades and retirement announcements, and more in this week’s NCAA news wrap up.

Lawmakers Seek Recognition for Penn State’s Unprecedented 3-Peat

Pennsylvania lawmakers are petitioning President Barack Obama to host the 2010 Penn State Women’s Volleyball team at the White House to commemorate their three national championships and 102-game winning streak.

Men’s NCAA Division 1 Season Starts with Outrigger Invitation

No. 1 ranked USC, No. 12 University of Hawaii, No. 10 Ohio State and No. 5 Penn State each finished with a 2-1 record, so the winner of the tournament had to be decided by a “set differential” tie-breaker.

Andy Banachowski, Winningest NCAA Women’s Coach in History, Announces Retirement

Banachowski has led the UCLA women’s volleyball team for all but two years since its creation in 1965. His

UCLA volleyball coach retires

UCLA, whose long-time coach announced his retirement, prepares for serve receive.

contract is up at the end of the current academic year, and he has decided to retire once it expires. Banachowski holds a career record of 1,106-301 (.786).

University of Alabama head volleyball coach Judy Green announces she will retire after 2010 season.

Green is the University’s longest tenured volleyball coach with 14 seasons under her belt. 2010 will be her 15th season at the university, where she has led the Crimson Tide to three NCAA tournament appearances, including its first ever in 2005.

Three Players Decline to Return to Ball State Women’s Volleyball for 2010 Season

The starting and back-up setters as well as the starting defensive specialist have confirmed that they won’t be back next year. There’s apparently some drama out at Ball State, if the comments to this article are any indication.

Volleyball Magazine Names Christy Johnson-Lynch Coach of the Year

Johnson-Lynch, a former stand out at Nebraska during her playing career, is credited with one of the most amazing turnarounds in volleyball history.

Megan Hodge, Penn State’s Amazing Outside Hitter, Wins Honda Award

Hodge beat out teammate and setter Alisha Glass, Hana Cutura of California and Destinee Hooker of the University of Texas. She was also selected Division I national player of the year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

NCAA Votes to Keep Sand Volleyball as an Emerging Sport

The close vote wasn’t enough to remove the designation, despite opposition from indoor powerhouses like Nebraska and Penn State. Sand volleyball has ten years to gain a sufficient following.

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