What this means is that only the best sixteen teams will be on display this weekend, so get ready for some seriously awesome volleyball out in the LBC. Teams are chosen for the tournament based on their combined points, so there was some frantic last-minute shuffling to grab those 15th and 16th spots.
On the women’s side, we’re sure to have a new first place team this weekend because Jennifer Kessy and April Ross are competing internationally in an FIVB tournament in Marseille. They’ve finished 9th in the last two FIVB tournaments despite winning in Shanghai and are looking for some rebound action.
This leaves Rachel Scott and Elaine Youngs as the top seed, followed by Nicole Branagh and Misty May-Traenor, Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, and Angie Akers and Tyra Turner.
Should we all recite in unison who the No. 1 men’s seed is? One…two…three….Rogers and Dalhausser. Very good. In the 2008 Long Beach tournament the dynamic duo lost in the finals to Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, disrupting their 37-match winning streak just before the Beijing Olympics.
But this year that seems to be a long shot at best. Hans Stolfus is speculating that R/D have a very good shot at winning out the season, and he does seem to have a point. They’re currently 29-0, and 24 of those 29 match wins have been in straight sets, meaning they’re not even dropping games with any regularity.
Dalhausser is leading the tour in blocks (152), aces (70) and hitting percentage (.533), and just in case that’s not enough we’ve got Rogers behind him acting like some kind of superhuman volleyball vacuum. I’m glad my salary isn’t directly proportional to whether or not I can take these guys down.
For those of you who want to see the action on the big screen, tune your TVs to ABC at 4 p.m ET on Sunday for the men’s final, and to ESPN2 at 11 p.m. ET. Or just drop back in here on Monday for the regular recap!
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