Summer is going way too fast:
South Dakota State senior middle blocker Kelli Fiegen helped Team Blue – coached by Wayne Kreklow of Missouri and Nicole Lantagne Welch of Miami (Fla.) – place third in the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball A2 tournament last week in Columbus, Ohio.
The 6-foot-3 Fiegen finished plus-16 in scoring over five matches. (Don’t ask me what that means.)
The tournament marked the end of the camp for A2, which is a feeder program for the U.S. National Team. Fiegen was selected to attend for the second year in a row.
Remember when I mentioned that Jesse Sawyer and Zach Rhodes are playing baseball for the Lethbridge Bulls in Canada’s Western Major Baseball League? Well, so is their former SDSU teammate Joel Blake. Now a catcher, the former first baseman is batting .365 with 16 RBI in 28 games this season.
Previously, Blake was playing for the Wanneroo Giants in the Australian State League. He hit .386 with 11 doubles and 16 RBI in 21 games.
Two noteworthy changes took place this summer regarding NCAA Division I men’s basketball: 1) Coaches can now call and text prospective recruits an unlimited number of times after their sophomore years and 2) coaches can have up to eight hours of contact per week with current players provided they are taking summer classes.
But neither applies to women’s basketball … yet.
SDSU coach Aaron Johnston believes changes could start happening as soon as next year.
"(The NCAA) really is (moving toward regulation)," he said. "There’s probably some good with that and there’s some real mistakes with that. We’ll see what happens when it comes out."
Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.