The Warrior Beat

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May 27th, 2012

It's the middle of a three-day weekend, let's talk volleyball:

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It is confirmed that Drew Durni, a 6-3 outside hitter from Frontier High near Buffalo, will be joining the volleyball Warriors this coming year.

Here's his highlight video: Drew Durni.

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Opposite attacker Harrison Carroll has secured his release and is expected to transfer to an NAIA school, where he should receive more playing opportunities. Carroll, who was UH's primary right-side hitter near the end of the 2012 season, is smart, athletic and, in general, a really good guy and teammate. He ended up being the Warriors' most efficient back-row hitter, with smashes off the D set. He also was a crafty server. But Carroll is 6-1, and that often led to mismatches, especially on quick transitions, when he was across an opponent's top left-side hitter. With the return of 6-5 Johann Timmer and 6-7 Taylor Averill, there would have been no guarantees on the number of sets Carroll would have played in 2013.

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California Baptist becomes the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's 13th men's volleyball member this coming academic year. That means the Warriors will play an equal number of MPSF home and road matches. Previously, UH and BYU would play rotating schedules. For instance, instead of a home-and-home series, UH would play two matches at home against UCLA one year and then two matches at UCLA the next. The California schools would play home-and-home series against each other. UH still will be on that rotating schedule because BYU and California Baptist are considered travel partners. But at least it will work out that UH will play six two-match series on the road and six two-match series at home in 2013.

By the way, it's California Baptist or CBU, but never, ever Cal Baptist.

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After winning the NCAA championship, UC Irvine head coach John Speraw has some options. He could:

• Remain at UCI, where he has developed an outstanding program the past decade ...

• Or replace Al Scates, who retired after 50 seasons as UCLA's head coach, at his alma mater ...

• Or coach the U.S. national team after the London Games.

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Mark your calendar for the UH volleyball camps at the UH athletic complex:

• Camp I (boys and girls, ages 5-12) — July 10-13, from 9 a.m. to noon. Fee: $125 per camper.

• Camp II (boys and girls, ages 5-12) — July 16-19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Fee: $125 per camper.

• Camp III (boys and girls, grades 4th through 12th) — July 16-19, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Fee: $150 per camper.

For details or to register, call Vernon Podlewski at (808) 956-4623 or email:

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Interesting that former UH football coach Rich Miano and Kevin Wong have teamed to create Spike & Speed, which provides training for beach volleyball. Check out the Mauna Loa State Beach Volleyball Championships today at Queen's Surf.

Here's their site: Spike and Speed.

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Here is the best women's volleyball site: BEST VB SITE.

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