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Volleyball from sport court to the sand court-- from the preps to the pros and beyond. Episodes drop “most weeks.” Follow the pod on Instagram at @viralvolleypodcast!

Latest Episodes

Episode 66: David Smith, ZAKSA, Poland and COVID

In this episode of the Viral Volley Podcast USA Men’s National Team Middle Blocker David Smith drops in to talk about his Zaksa team and how they are 8-0 to kick off the Plusliga season. With the team not having to go to a single 5th-set this season so far it would seem they are unstoppable, however living in pandemic times means that there is another opponent hovering about—COVID.With leagues and sports teams attempting to maintain safety protocols worldwide nobody is invulnerable to the detrimental effects of an outbreak. David shares his experience with being the last team in Plusliga to experience a COVID outbreak with 10 of 14 teammates contracting the coronavirus.

36 min1 w ago
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Episode 66: David Smith, ZAKSA, Poland and COVID

Episode 65: The NVA Showcase, SLC, UT - Olivia Phelps & Nick England

Professional Men's Volleyball is planting seeds in the USA! The NVA, or National Volleyball League now fields 8 teams across the United States with former NCAA athletes that played in D1-2 to NAIA institutions, and American professionals and Olympians with a few international athletes from Puerto Rico and Canada in the mix. This last weekend in Salt Lake City, UT, the NVA Showcase took place with all 8 teams combating in 20 matches over 4 days to win the NVA Showcase Cup. In episode 65 of The Viral Volley Podcast courtside reporter, Olivia Phelps and Play-by-Play Commentator and Las Vegas Rambler, Nick England took the time to discuss the competition, top teams and top performers of the NVA Showcase. Nick shares the official All-Showcase team while both hand-pick their favorite athletes and stories of the weekend as well as what's next for the NVA.

49 min1 w ago
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Episode 65: The NVA Showcase, SLC, UT - Olivia Phelps & Nick England

Episode 64: Bret Almazan-Cezar, Archbishop Mitty 11/10/20

Bret Almazan-Cezar had over 20 years of coaching high school and club volleyball. In that time he has amassed 7 National Championships, 6 California Teams of the Year, 11 California State Championships and almost 900 career wins. Even with this resume, he has decided to step away from the reigns. Bret discusses why he decided to retire from coaching national high school volleyball powerhouse Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, CA) and what his future possibilities may hold in the game. Bret then reflects on some of the standout players he has coached like 2-time Olympian, Nicole Davis, and current AVP athlete, Allie Wheeler, but he also discusses having to face Newport Harbor Coach Dan Glenn, and other opponents like April Ross, Jennifer Carey (Dorr) and Alex Klineman as memorable moments in his coaching career.

39 min1 w ago
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Episode 64: Bret Almazan-Cezar, Archbishop Mitty 11/10/20

Episode 63: Megan & Nicole McNamara, UCLA/Volleyball Canada 11/4/20

On this episode of The Viral Volley Podcast, Rob Espero talks with AVCA All-Americans (although Canadians ) and 2-time Collegiate Beach National Champions Megan and Nicole McNamara.After graduating from UCLA with back-to-back Collegiate Beach National Championships Megan and Nicole are now playing professionally on the FIVB tour internationally as representatives of Volleyball Canada in Beach Volleyball. In our discussion we dive into how COVID had them adapt and adjust their plans for their rookie season, and playing in their pair of events in the Netherlands, the DELA Breda Open and the King of the Court in Utrecht.

36 min2 w ago
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Episode 63: Megan & Nicole McNamara, UCLA/Volleyball Canada 11/4/20

Episode 62: Hailey Harward, USC Beach, 10/19/20

In this mini-pod episode, USC Beach graduate student Hailey Harward discusses her's and partner, Julia Scoles' success in a couple of big tournaments this last summer: Waupaca, and the AVP America in Myrtle Beach, SC. Their extremely "fresh" partnership has resulted in 2 tournament championships in 2 attempts.Additionally, being back on campus means having roommates, one of them being summer-partner, Julia, but also having a 2021 Olympian for Latvia and international super star, Tina Graudina, who tested false-positive for COVID for the King of the Beach Tournament in Utrecht, Netherlands. Hailey gives us a little insight of what the 2021 Trojan Collegiate Beach team's potential given a vast array of talent.NOTE: I was asked to be interviewed for a "School Assignment" for Hailey and I turned it into an impromptu mini-interview.

6 minOCT 22
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Episode 62: Hailey Harward, USC Beach, 10/19/20

Episode 61: Micah Christenson, USA MNT, Modena Volley, 10/16/20

In Episode 61, The Viral Volley Podcast is honored to have 2016 Rio Olympics Bronze Medalist, former USC All-American Setter, USA Men’s National Team member and one of the top setters in the world, Micah Christenson on the show.After the VollyeballMag.com segment, Micah talks about his current team Modena Volley, the Italian Superlega and connecting with fellow Americans in Italy. He then discusses how his young family lives abroad and how American teammates are in “… the same stage of life.”In addition he talks about his passion to let youth know that there can be a professional career in volleyball after college and how he finds his inspiration to play from the 2008 Beijing Olympics Gold Medal Men’s National Team. All this and more on the Viral Volley Podcast!

71 minOCT 19
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Episode 61: Micah Christenson, USA MNT, Modena Volley, 10/16/20

Episode 60: Lauren Carlini, USA WNT/Turkey (Turkish Airlines), 10/6/20: Viral Volley Podcast

In the 2nd episode of the Viral Volley Podcast this week, 4-time AVCA All-American and Wisconsin Badger alumna Lauren Carlini drops into the show to continue the conversation from the VolleyballMag.com piece.Here she talks about where she was when the global pandemic broke out, making it back to the United States to train the USA Women’s National Team, and find out she contracted COVID while in Southern California.From there we dig into being part of the roster that qualified the USA for the now-2021 Tokyo Olympics, but knowing that the competition for a spot on the 12-member roster is gong to be a grind.We then end on a light note discussing her true appreciation of electronic/techno music (right) and her limited ability to learn foreign languages!

41 minOCT 7
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Episode 60: Lauren Carlini, USA WNT/Turkey (Turkish Airlines), 10/6/20: Viral Volley Podcast

Episode 59: Haleigh Washington, USA WNT, Novara (ITA), 10/3/20: Viral Volley Podcast

In this episode of the Viral Volley Podcast, Penn St. 3x AVCA All-American joins host Rob Espero to continue the conversation from VolleyballMag.com. Haleigh discusses her desire to be a football player but playing volleyball, succeeding at an early level and watching the success continue through her Penn St. days, the USA Women’s National Team and now internationally in Italy.Haleigh also shares her experience in Italy where the pandemic broke out in Italy, trying to come home to the USA during this chaotic time. On the lighter side of things she talks about her interest in philosophy and her unique ability to make other laugh—but we focus on her tweeting as of late!

42 minOCT 4
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Episode 59: Haleigh Washington, USA WNT, Novara (ITA), 10/3/20: Viral Volley Podcast

Episode 58: Tina Graudina, USC Beach / Latvia, 9/27/20: Viral Volley Podcast

In this "College Volleyball Weekly"-type episode of the Viral Volley Podcast, the show welcomes back for a return visit 2-time AVCA All-American, 2019 European Champion and representative of Team Latvia for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Tina Graudina.Tina comes online to discuss what has been happening so far in 2019—like winning her 3rd straight Latvian championship, testing positive for COVID prior to the King of the Court event in Utrecht, Netherlands, and defending her title at the 2020 European Championships in her hometown of Jurmala, Latvia.Tina closes out the show by discusses coming back to USC to a loaded roster of talent and preparing for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

35 minSEP 28
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Episode 58: Tina Graudina, USC Beach / Latvia, 9/27/20: Viral Volley Podcast

Episode 57: Emily Stockman, AVP/FIVB Pro, 2021 Tokyo Olympics Hopeful, 9/24/20

This week AVP/FIVB standout and 2021 Tokyo Olympic hopeful, Emily Stockman “transitions” into the Viral Volley Podcast from a VolleyballMag.com interview.We delve into the last few months of news and events in this 2x All-American (indoor) from Wichita St. (aka, “The Shockers”), the landmark 2019 season, post-AVP Champions Cup series recap and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. In addition, we touch on some of her off-court interests at Mira Costa High School, mountain biking and motocross!

33 minSEP 25
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Episode 57: Emily Stockman, AVP/FIVB Pro, 2021 Tokyo Olympics Hopeful, 9/24/20

Latest Episodes

Episode 66: David Smith, ZAKSA, Poland and COVID

In this episode of the Viral Volley Podcast USA Men’s National Team Middle Blocker David Smith drops in to talk about his Zaksa team and how they are 8-0 to kick off the Plusliga season. With the team not having to go to a single 5th-set this season so far it would seem they are unstoppable, however living in pandemic times means that there is another opponent hovering about—COVID.With leagues and sports teams attempting to maintain safety protocols worldwide nobody is invulnerable to the detrimental effects of an outbreak. David shares his experience with being the last team in Plusliga to experience a COVID outbreak with 10 of 14 teammates contracting the coronavirus.

36 min1 w ago
Comments
Episode 66: David Smith, ZAKSA, Poland and COVID

Episode 65: The NVA Showcase, SLC, UT - Olivia Phelps & Nick England

Professional Men's Volleyball is planting seeds in the USA! The NVA, or National Volleyball League now fields 8 teams across the United States with former NCAA athletes that played in D1-2 to NAIA institutions, and American professionals and Olympians with a few international athletes from Puerto Rico and Canada in the mix. This last weekend in Salt Lake City, UT, the NVA Showcase took place with all 8 teams combating in 20 matches over 4 days to win the NVA Showcase Cup. In episode 65 of The Viral Volley Podcast courtside reporter, Olivia Phelps and Play-by-Play Commentator and Las Vegas Rambler, Nick England took the time to discuss the competition, top teams and top performers of the NVA Showcase. Nick shares the official All-Showcase team while both hand-pick their favorite athletes and stories of the weekend as well as what's next for the NVA.

49 min1 w ago
Comments
Episode 65: The NVA Showcase, SLC, UT - Olivia Phelps & Nick England

Episode 64: Bret Almazan-Cezar, Archbishop Mitty 11/10/20

Bret Almazan-Cezar had over 20 years of coaching high school and club volleyball. In that time he has amassed 7 National Championships, 6 California Teams of the Year, 11 California State Championships and almost 900 career wins. Even with this resume, he has decided to step away from the reigns. Bret discusses why he decided to retire from coaching national high school volleyball powerhouse Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, CA) and what his future possibilities may hold in the game. Bret then reflects on some of the standout players he has coached like 2-time Olympian, Nicole Davis, and current AVP athlete, Allie Wheeler, but he also discusses having to face Newport Harbor Coach Dan Glenn, and other opponents like April Ross, Jennifer Carey (Dorr) and Alex Klineman as memorable moments in his coaching career.

39 min1 w ago
Comments
Episode 64: Bret Almazan-Cezar, Archbishop Mitty 11/10/20

Episode 63: Megan & Nicole McNamara, UCLA/Volleyball Canada 11/4/20

On this episode of The Viral Volley Podcast, Rob Espero talks with AVCA All-Americans (although Canadians ) and 2-time Collegiate Beach National Champions Megan and Nicole McNamara.After graduating from UCLA with back-to-back Collegiate Beach National Championships Megan and Nicole are now playing professionally on the FIVB tour internationally as representatives of Volleyball Canada in Beach Volleyball. In our discussion we dive into how COVID had them adapt and adjust their plans for their rookie season, and playing in their pair of events in the Netherlands, the DELA Breda Open and the King of the Court in Utrecht.

36 min2 w ago
Comments
Episode 63: Megan & Nicole McNamara, UCLA/Volleyball Canada 11/4/20

Episode 62: Hailey Harward, USC Beach, 10/19/20

In this mini-pod episode, USC Beach graduate student Hailey Harward discusses her's and partner, Julia Scoles' success in a couple of big tournaments this last summer: Waupaca, and the AVP America in Myrtle Beach, SC. Their extremely "fresh" partnership has resulted in 2 tournament championships in 2 attempts.Additionally, being back on campus means having roommates, one of them being summer-partner, Julia, but also having a 2021 Olympian for Latvia and international super star, Tina Graudina, who tested false-positive for COVID for the King of the Beach Tournament in Utrecht, Netherlands. Hailey gives us a little insight of what the 2021 Trojan Collegiate Beach team's potential given a vast array of talent.NOTE: I was asked to be interviewed for a "School Assignment" for Hailey and I turned it into an impromptu mini-interview.

6 minOCT 22
Comments
Episode 62: Hailey Harward, USC Beach, 10/19/20

Episode 61: Micah Christenson, USA MNT, Modena Volley, 10/16/20

In Episode 61, The Viral Volley Podcast is honored to have 2016 Rio Olympics Bronze Medalist, former USC All-American Setter, USA Men’s National Team member and one of the top setters in the world, Micah Christenson on the show.After the VollyeballMag.com segment, Micah talks about his current team Modena Volley, the Italian Superlega and connecting with fellow Americans in Italy. He then discusses how his young family lives abroad and how American teammates are in “… the same stage of life.”In addition he talks about his passion to let youth know that there can be a professional career in volleyball after college and how he finds his inspiration to play from the 2008 Beijing Olympics Gold Medal Men’s National Team. All this and more on the Viral Volley Podcast!

71 minOCT 19
Comments
Episode 61: Micah Christenson, USA MNT, Modena Volley, 10/16/20

Episode 60: Lauren Carlini, USA WNT/Turkey (Turkish Airlines), 10/6/20: Viral Volley Podcast

In the 2nd episode of the Viral Volley Podcast this week, 4-time AVCA All-American and Wisconsin Badger alumna Lauren Carlini drops into the show to continue the conversation from the VolleyballMag.com piece.Here she talks about where she was when the global pandemic broke out, making it back to the United States to train the USA Women’s National Team, and find out she contracted COVID while in Southern California.From there we dig into being part of the roster that qualified the USA for the now-2021 Tokyo Olympics, but knowing that the competition for a spot on the 12-member roster is gong to be a grind.We then end on a light note discussing her true appreciation of electronic/techno music (right) and her limited ability to learn foreign languages!

41 minOCT 7
Comments
Episode 60: Lauren Carlini, USA WNT/Turkey (Turkish Airlines), 10/6/20: Viral Volley Podcast

Episode 59: Haleigh Washington, USA WNT, Novara (ITA), 10/3/20: Viral Volley Podcast

In this episode of the Viral Volley Podcast, Penn St. 3x AVCA All-American joins host Rob Espero to continue the conversation from VolleyballMag.com. Haleigh discusses her desire to be a football player but playing volleyball, succeeding at an early level and watching the success continue through her Penn St. days, the USA Women’s National Team and now internationally in Italy.Haleigh also shares her experience in Italy where the pandemic broke out in Italy, trying to come home to the USA during this chaotic time. On the lighter side of things she talks about her interest in philosophy and her unique ability to make other laugh—but we focus on her tweeting as of late!

42 minOCT 4
Comments
Episode 59: Haleigh Washington, USA WNT, Novara (ITA), 10/3/20: Viral Volley Podcast

Episode 58: Tina Graudina, USC Beach / Latvia, 9/27/20: Viral Volley Podcast

In this "College Volleyball Weekly"-type episode of the Viral Volley Podcast, the show welcomes back for a return visit 2-time AVCA All-American, 2019 European Champion and representative of Team Latvia for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Tina Graudina.Tina comes online to discuss what has been happening so far in 2019—like winning her 3rd straight Latvian championship, testing positive for COVID prior to the King of the Court event in Utrecht, Netherlands, and defending her title at the 2020 European Championships in her hometown of Jurmala, Latvia.Tina closes out the show by discusses coming back to USC to a loaded roster of talent and preparing for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

35 minSEP 28
Comments
Episode 58: Tina Graudina, USC Beach / Latvia, 9/27/20: Viral Volley Podcast

Episode 57: Emily Stockman, AVP/FIVB Pro, 2021 Tokyo Olympics Hopeful, 9/24/20

This week AVP/FIVB standout and 2021 Tokyo Olympic hopeful, Emily Stockman “transitions” into the Viral Volley Podcast from a VolleyballMag.com interview.We delve into the last few months of news and events in this 2x All-American (indoor) from Wichita St. (aka, “The Shockers”), the landmark 2019 season, post-AVP Champions Cup series recap and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. In addition, we touch on some of her off-court interests at Mira Costa High School, mountain biking and motocross!

33 minSEP 25
Comments
Episode 57: Emily Stockman, AVP/FIVB Pro, 2021 Tokyo Olympics Hopeful, 9/24/20

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