Volleyball Adds Trey Cruz to Coaching Staff – LSUsports.net – The … – LSUSports.net

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BATON ROUGE – Head volleyball coach Fran Flory has announced the addition of Trey Cruz, who previously was an assistant coach with the LSU beach volleyball program, to the staff Tuesday. Cruz will take the place of previous assistant Ethan Pheister, who took an assistant position at South Carolina.

“I am extremely excited for a special opportunity to work for this historical program under the guidance of Fran Flory,” said Cruz. “Being able to be a part of this amazing university and athletic department is such an honor, there is no way I could pass it up.”

Cruz spent that last two seasons with the LSU beach volleyball team and helped the squad to be one of the top beach programs in the country. Most recently, Cruz helped coach the Tigers to a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Championships, the second consecutive season the Tigers earned a trip to the big dance. The Tigers finished both years ranked sixth in the nation.

“We are thrilled to welcome one of our own back into our program,” said Flory. “Trey is an outstanding young coach who is also a great teacher. His loyalty to our program and to LSU make him the perfect fit.” 

Prior to working with the beach program, Cruz spent two seasons with the Louisiana-Lafayette volleyball program, where he was the lead for all video analysis and exchange, helping develop passers and outside hitters.

Cruz is very familiar with the LSU indoor volleyball team and Coach Flory as he served as a manager and video coordinator for seven years (2008-2014). During his time in that roll, Cruz was responsible for equipment organization, match and practice video breakdown, as well as practice organization.

“As a Tiger alumnus, I understand what it means to bleed purple and gold and what LSU athletics brings to the entire state of Louisiana, said Cruz. “I am thrilled to compete alongside an amazing staff and group of young women. I am so very grateful to Fran and Miriam (Segar) for allowing me to help lead this team, and I am excited for the bright future that is ahead.”

During that time, he saw the Tigers tally four SEC West Division titles, five NCAA Tournament berths and the 2009 SEC regular season championship.

As a player-coach for the LSU men’s club volleyball team, Cruz helped guide the team to its first-ever appearance in the NCVF Collegiate Club National Tournament and earned all-conference honors his final season.

Cruz received his bachelor’s of science degree in sports administration, with a minor in business, from LSU in May 2013 and obtained a master’s degree in human resources and leadership development in May 2015.

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Valley 8th-grader Lewandowski sets volleyball serve record – Tribune-Review

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With such names as Mycaiah Clemons and Toney Clemons, Tom Pipkins, B.B. Flenory, Greg Meisner and arguably the most historic of all in Willie Thrower — the NFL’s first black quarterback — not many Alle-Kiski Valley schools can boast of a more notable and accomplished trophy case than Valley.

Middle school volleyball player Emily Lewandowski nudged her away into that crowded case last week when she, along with her coach and teammates, carved an 8-inch diameter hole and retired the volleyball she used to serve a perfect set of 25 consecutive points in the Vikings middle school Gold team’s 2-0 win over Riverview.

“I was just thinking that it was one more point to my record, and I then I just kept going,” said Lewandowski, 14, recalling her record-setting match. “My team was helping me out so much by returning the ball back over. I feel so honored, and I would have never thought that this was possible.”

Lewandowski broke her own record. The eighth-grader launched 21 consecutive serves over the net last month in the Vikings’ 2-0 win over Springdale, breaking Tedaja Murphy’s 7-year-old record of 17.

“With the people that are in there, it is very historical because the people that are in there have done a lot of great things,” Valley athletic director Muzzy Colosimo said.

Lewandowski’s coach, April Stone, also coaches is the Vikings varsity and can’t wait to get the young phenom next fall.

“I already told my JV coach that she’s not stepping a foot on the JV court,” Stone said. “She’s going to be a part of lots of things, and I told her there’s probably going to be plenty of more stories to come.”

Lewandowski’s volleyball story started in early spring of her seventh-grade year when, during homeroom, it was announced Stone would be holding volleyball tryouts.

“Last year, I had no idea about anything in volleyball,” Lewandowski said. “I had no knowledge, and now I do.”

That’s when the starting point guard on the middle school basketball team, aspiring track star and now-former softball player made a commitment to volleyball. Lewandowski put in the work last summer, perfecting her serve against the gymnasium walls of the New Kensington YMCA.

“She practiced all offseason, and she wants to be the best of the best, and it actually shows,” Stone said. “Her consistency is what shines the most at this level.”

Lewandowksi took things a step further and attended a Pitt volleyball camp to further immerse herself in the nuances of the sport.

“(The camp) taught me so much in the couple of hours I was there,” Lewandowski said. “I improved on my back bumping and my serve. That’s where I’m focused on going (to school).

“I worked so hard to get this serve and I just love the competition,” she said.

William Whalen is a freelance writer.

Valley’s Emily Lewandowski, 14, recently won a game against Riverview with 25 serves.
The Valley Junior High squad won the best of three match .
Tuesday May 1, 2018.

Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review

Valley’s Emily Lewandowski, 14, recently won a game against Riverview with 25 serves.
The Valley Junior High squad won the best of three match .
Tuesday May 1, 2018.

Valley Junior High Coach Marta Regus, presents a ball to Emily Lewandowski, 14, who recently won a game against Riverview with a record breaking 25 serves.
The Valley Junior High squad won the best of three match .
Tuesday May 1, 2018.

Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review

Valley Junior High Coach Marta Regus, presents a ball to Emily Lewandowski, 14, who recently won a game against Riverview with a record breaking 25 serves.
The Valley Junior High squad won the best of three match .
Tuesday May 1, 2018.

Emily Lewandowski, 14, who recently won a game against Riverview with a record breaking 25 serves.
The Valley Junior High squad won the best of three match .
Tuesday May 1, 2018.

Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review

Emily Lewandowski, 14, who recently won a game against Riverview with a record breaking 25 serves.
The Valley Junior High squad won the best of three match .
Tuesday May 1, 2018.

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Five For Friday: Beach Volleyball – Team USA – TeamUSA.org

By Paul D. Bowker |
May 04, 2018,
12:01 a.m. (ET)

Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser (front) prepare to receive a serve at the FIVB World Tour stop on June 4, 2017 in Moscow.


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U.S. teams are swarming onto the beach this week in Huntington Beach, California.

Three-time Olympian Phil Dalhausser and his 2016 Olympic teammate Nick Lucena, the top seed in the men’s tournament, lead 77 U.S. teams that are entered in the FIVB Huntington Beach Open.

Teams from 22 other nations are also in the tournament, which began with qualifying play Tuesday and Wednesday for the 48-team main draws in both the women’s and men’s sides. The tournament is a unification event between the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour and AVP pro beach volleyball tour.

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Dalhausser and Lucena opened their season with a 5-star win in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in March, winning all their matches in straight sets. Among the U.S. teams joining Dalhausser and Lucena in the Huntington Beach main draw are two-time Olympian John Hyden and Theo Brunner, three-time Olympian Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb, and Billy Allen and Ryan Doherty. Other Olympians include 2016 Olympian Casey Patterson teaming up with Stafford Slick, and two-time Olympian Sean Rosenthal playing with Chase Budinger.

The women’s tournament includes No. 7-seeded and 2016 Olympic teammates Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick, No. 8 Summer Ross and Sara Hughes, No. 14 Alix Klineman and two-time Olympic medalist April Ross, and No. 21 Brittany Hochevar and Kelly Claes, who won silver at the Xiamen Open two weeks ago at their first tournament together.

The semifinals and medal round will be played Sunday.

TV: 7 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC Sports Network 

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

Roundup: UCLA men's volleyball to meet Long Beach State for national title – Pac-12.com


UCLA men’s volleyball is on to the NCAA finals after defeating BYU in four sets (25-22, 24-26, 29-27, 25-19) in the semis. The Bruins will face top-seeded Long Beach State Saturday at 4 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. MT for all the marbles on ESPN2.

Washington State

The Associated Press reported on the findings of an internal audit of the Washington State athletic department, which includes potential inflation of attendance for home football games and improper distribution of free tickets to football games.


USC men’s golfer Justin Suh was named Pac-12 Men’s Golfer of the Year (USCTrojans.com), while teammate Kaito Onishi was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.


He didn’t win the conference’s top honor, but Cal men’s golfer Collin Morikawa was named a finalist for the Hogan Award, awarded annually to the nation’s top collegiate golfer. Morikawa is joined by Texas’ Doug Ghim and Ole Miss’ Braden Thornberry as candidates.


Former Oregon women’s basketball center Mallory McGwire has transferred to Boise State, it was announced Thursday. McGwire will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2018-19 season.


Speaking of transfers, Utah women’s basketball announced the addition of three transfers on Wednesday – Sarah Porter (UC Santa Barbara), Ola Makurat (Liberty) and Julia Brosseau (Maine). Porter can play straight away as a grad transfer, while Makurat and Brosseau have to sit out 2018-19.


Stanford women’s basketball freshman Jenna Brown accepted an invitation to the USA Women’s U18 National Team Trials held May 26-28 in Colorado Springs. (GoStanford.com link)


After they both threw perfect games, Washington softball pitcher Gabbie Plain and baseball’s Joe DeMers threw out the first pitch at Safeco Field Wednesday night. Nice photo gallery here courtesy of Washington athletics.


Kyle Newman of The Denver Post brings us this nice look at Shay Fields joining the Washington Redskins via a free agent contract.


Arizona baseball defeated UCLA 2-0 Thursday night in Tucson. Roxy Bernstein and Andy Lopez are here to break it down for us. Shouts out to Cody Deason for his complete-game shutout that featured 11 strikeouts.

Arizona State

Arizona State softball hosts Stanford for its final home series of the regular season beginning Friday. The Sun Devils are No. 8 in the country with a 39-9 overall record and 12-6 mark in the Pac-12 (good for third).

Oregon State

Bob Lundeberg of the Corvallis Gazette-Times writes about the strength of the Oregon State baseball batting order in this article. The Beavs, leading the Pac-12 in batting average at .310, are at Washington State this weekend.