Mike Miazga

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11/28/11  •  Features

Volleyball: The State of the Game

During the last 35 years a lot of things have changed.


11/18/11  •  Features

The Top 35 U.S. Players of All Time

Karch Kiraly and Sinjin Smith top our list as some of the best U.S. player to date.


11/18/11  •  Features

30th Anniversary Throwback

This article chronicles the history of VBM.


10/28/11  •  Features

Volley Community Participating in "Movember"

This retro fashion statement is helping to raise awareness.


10/05/11  •  Notables

Sports Shack 18 Asics Top Female Team

Girls win second consecutive Junior Nationals title.


10/05/11  •  Notables

Balboa Bay 18 Quicksilver Tops 2011 Boys Club Rankings

Squad went 11-0 en route to Junior Nationals title.


08/18/11  •  Features

DIII Men Gain Tourney

Jerry Matacotta recalls what attendance was like at the first Molten Division III men’s volleyball invitational back in 1997. “That first tournament, if there were 20 spectators, that was a lot,” says Matacotta, the commissioner of the former North East...


08/15/11  •  Features

Survivor: Stacy Sykora

In her own words, Sykora opens up for the first time about an ordeal that is filled with traumatic moments that have quickly been whisked into the background by that take-no-prisoners approach that has the former Texas A & M All-American bound and determined...


08/15/11  •  High School All-Americans

Cody Caldwell: 2011 High School Player Of The Year

The term “five-tool player” is used in baseball to describe someone that excels at hitting for average, hitting for power, base running skills and speed, throwing ability and fielding abilities. Recent Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Calif.) graduate Cody...


08/15/11  •  Notables

Sean Airola: 2011 High School Coach Of The Year

“He’d run through a wall for the team.” It’s a quote that is commonplace in the sports landscape. And it’s one that certainly is apropos for the Sandburg High School (Orland Park, Ill.) boys’ team. But in this case, it would be the Eagles’ players that would...


07/19/11  •  Fab 50

VBM 2011 Boys Fab 50

Narrowed down and voted on by a list of distinguished college and club coaches from around the country, the Fab 50 is a list of the top boys prep players in 2011. Matt Aiello Height: 6’5” Position: MB-Opp. High School: Bellarmine (San Jose, Calif.) Club...


05/27/11  •  NCAA

Hugh McCutcheon Heads to the University of Minnesota

In one of the higher-profile coaching transactions in recent years, U.S. women’s national team coach Hugh McCutcheon was recently named the University of Minnesota’s head women’s coach. McCutcheon will eventually replace AVCA Hall of Famer Mike Hebert who...


05/27/11  •  NCAA

Spring 2011 Men’s College Notebook

No margin for error Life is full of lessons, right? For the USC men’s team, a big lesson was learned last season. “Our guys had a willingness to use last year as a learning experience,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said. “They wanted to turn it into a positive...


05/25/11  •  Notables

Digging These Dudes: Top Male Liberos

Kaleo Baxter School: Cal State NorthridgebHeight: 5’9” Year in school: Senior Hometown: Kapaa, Hawaii Quick stat: Was averaging 2.27 digs per set through mid-April Mik Berzins School: Ohio State Height: 6’3” Year in school: Junior Hometown: Brinklow, Md...


05/25/11  •  Features

Drama on the U.S. Pro Beach Scene

Fresh off the kick-to-the-sport’s gut—better known as the swift and embarrassing demise of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) last summer—the sport is now dealing with yet more histrionics in the form of infighting over the 2012 London Olympics...


04/07/11  •  Features

The AVP Up in the Air

An extremely murky outlook for the future of professional beach volleyball in the U.S. has taken a turn for the better in recent weeks. On the heels of the AVP’s free-for-all into insolvency and eventual bankruptcy in 2010, a pair of new entities has emerged...



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