Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Look Ahead –NCAA Right Side Bracketology

By Jen Armson-Dyer
Jennifer Armson-Dyer is currently the member services coordinator for the Badger Region Volleyball Association, and previously worked for eight years as the Media Relations director for the Penn State men’s and women’s volleyball programs. Armson-Dyer played volleyball at Northwestern University, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism, and currently lives in Milwaukee, WI with Marquette Assistant Volleyball Coach, Craig Dyer and their son, Liam.




Well, here we go! The NCAA Tournament is upon us and the marathon of the Division I women’s volleyball season has suddenly turned into a sprint to the end. A look at the contests this week on the right side of the bracket and some of the key players on each team.

Austin, Texas, Regional
Thursday: NC State vs. Texas A&M, 4:00 p.m. CT / Texas vs. Colgate, 7:00 p.m. CT. Winners play on Friday at 7:00 p.m. CT.

#3 Texas (Big 12): Hayley Eckerman (4.59 kps), Khat Bell (1.43 bps)
Colgate (Patriot): Lindsay Young (2.91 kps), Diane Seely (0.92 bps)
NC State (ACC): Dariyan Hopper (2.87 kps), Brie Merriwether (0.89 bps)
Texas A&M (SEC): Alisia Kastmo (3.59 kps), Lindsey Miller (1.06 bps)

Friday: Miami vs. College of Charleston, 5:00 p.m. ET / Florida vs. Tulsa, 7:30 p.m. ET. Winners play on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

#14 Florida (SEC): Ziva Recek (4.05 kps), Chloe Mann (1.13 bps)
Tulsa (Conference USA): Tyler Henderson (5.21 kps), Ashley Hooper (0.75 bps)
Miami (ACC): Taylor Hollins (3.16 kps), Emani Sims (1.38 bps)
College of Charleston (Southern): Darcy Dorton (4.22 kps), Kerstin Koehler (0.87 bps)

Friday: Arkansas vs. Wichita State, 4:00 p.m. CT / Kansas vs. Cleveland State, 6:30 p.m. CT. Winners play on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT.

#11 Kansas (Big 12): Caroline Jarmoc (3.53 kps, 1.29 bps), Brianne Riley (5.17 dps)
Cleveland State (Horizon): Kara Koch (4.71 kps), Marie Frease (0.97 bps)
Arkansas (SEC): Jasmine Norton (3.67 kps), Janeliss Torres (1.01 bps)
Wichita State (Missouri Valley): Emily Adney (3.03 kps), Ashley Andrade (0.91 bps)

Thursday: San Diego State vs. Saint Mary’s, 5:00 p.m. PT / USC vs. Fairfield, 7:30 p.m. PT. Winners play on Friday at 7:00 p.m. PT.

#6 USC (Pac 12): Samantha Bricio (4.05 kps), Alexis Olgard (0.90 bps)
Fairfield (Metro Atlantic): Brianna Dixion (3.56 kps), Hayley Moyer (0.78 bps)
San Diego State (Mountain West): Andrea Hannasch (2.91 kps), Emily Harris (1.34 bps)
Saint Mary’s (West Coast): Kristina Graven (3.37 kps), Gabby Jolly (1.17 bps)

Berkeley, Calif., Regional
Friday: San Diego vs. Michigan State, 5:30 p.m. PT / UCLA vs. LIU Brooklyn, 8:00 p.m. PT. Winners play on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. PT.

#7 UCLA (Pac 12): Tabi Love (4.54 kps), Zoe Nightingale (1.39 bps)
LIU Brooklyn (Northeast): Annika Foit (3.98 kps), Ashley Rice (1.27 bps)
San Diego (West Coast): Katie Hoekman (2.69 kps, 1.10 bps), Kandiss Anderson (3.44 dps)
Michigan State (Big Ten):  Lauren Wicinski (4.39 kps), Alexis Mathews (1.19 bps)

Thursday: Michigan vs. Tennessee, 5:00 p.m. ET / Louisville vs. Belmont, 7:30 p.m. ET. Winners play on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

#10 Louisville (Big East): Lola Arslanbekova (4.95 kps), Gwen Rucker (1.29 bps)
Belmont (Ohio Valley): Jen Myer (2.83 kps), Alex Martin (0.81 bps)
Michigan (Big Ten): Lexi Erwin (4.02 kps), Jennifer Cross (1.28 bps)
Tennessee (SEC): Kelsey Robinson (4.28 kps), DeeDee Harrison (1.21 bps)

Thursday: California vs. North Carolina, 5:00 p.m. CT / Iowa State vs. IPFW, 7:30 p.m. CT. Winners play on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

#15 Iowa State (Big 12): Victoria Hurtt (3.13 kps), Tenisha Matlock (0.68 bps)
IPFW (Summit): Emily Spencer (4.30 kps), Hallie Ripley (1.02 bps)
California (Pac 12): Shannon Hawari (2.75 kps), Kat Brown (1.31 bps)
North Carolina (ACC): Emily McGee (2.69 kps), Paige Neuenfeldt (1.17 bps)

Friday: Western Kentucky vs. Loyola Marymount, 5:30 p.m. PT / Stanford vs. Jackson State, 8:00 p.m. PT. Winners play on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. PT.

#2 Stanford (Pac 12): Carly Wopat (2.90 kps, 1.45 bps), Jordan Burgess (2.91 kps)
Jackson State (Southwestern): Christine Edwards (4.12 kps), Mikayla Rolle (0.97 bps)
Western Kentucky (Sun Belt): Jordyn Skinner (2.94 kps), Heather Boyan (0.88 bps)
Loyola Marymount (West Coast): Kathleen Luft (4.14 kps), Litara Keil (1.04 bps)

A quick moment of recognition to all of the support staffs who rarely receive kudos for the great jobs they do and the long, odd hours they put in, especially during tournament time – the SIDs/media relations and marketing directors, event staff/facility managers, athletic trainers, academic advisors, strength coaches and administrators.

Good luck to all of the programs – let’s see where this week takes us!
 

A Look Ahead –NCAA Left Side Bracketology

By Jen Armson-Dyer

Jennifer Armson-Dyer is currently the member services coordinator for the Badger Region Volleyball Association, and previously worked for eight years as the Media Relations director for the Penn State men’s and women’s volleyball programs. Armson-Dyer played volleyball at Northwestern University, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism, and currently lives in Milwaukee, WI with Marquette Assistant Volleyball Coach, Craig Dyer and their son, Liam.




Well, here we go! The NCAA Tournament is upon us and the marathon of the Division I women’s volleyball season has suddenly turned into a sprint to the end. A look at the contests this week on the left side of the bracket and some of the key players on each team.

West Lafayette, Ind., Regional
Friday: Yale vs. Bowling Green, 5:00 p.m. ET / Penn State vs. Binghamton, 7:30 p.m. ET. Winners play on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

#1 Penn State (Big Ten): Ariel Scott (3.69 kps) and Katie Slay (1.39 bps).
Binghamton (America East): Iva Pataleva (3.68 kps) and Grace Vickers (0.88 bps).
Yale (Ivy): Mollie Rogers (3.00 kps) and Kendall Polan (2.32 kps, 3.80 dps).
Bowling Green (Mid-America): Paige Penrod (3.85 kps) and Kaitlyn Skinner (1.19 bps)

Friday: Ohio State vs. Notre Dame, 5:00 p.m. ET / Kentucky vs. East Tennessee State, 7:30 p.m. Winners play on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

#16 Kentucky (SEC): Whitney Billings (3.03 kps), Alexandra Morgan (1.04 bps)
East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun): Megan Devine (3.96 kps), Meredith Hardy (1.46 bps)
Ohio State (Big Ten): Mari Hole (4.20 kps), Emily Danks (0.74 bps)
Notre Dame (Big East): Toni Alugbue (3.50 kps), Andie Olsen (1.04 bps)

Friday: Colorado State vs. Purdue, 4:30 p.m. ET / Florida State vs. Hofstra, 6:30 p.m. ET. Winners play on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET.

#9 Florida State (ACC): Fatma Yildirim (2.95 kps), Ashley Neff (1.64 bps)
Hofstra (Colonial): Kelsie Wills (4.40 kps), Adama Aja,(1.17 bps)
Colorado State (Mountain West): Dana Cranston (3.65 kps), Megan Plourde (1.54 bps)
Purdue (Big Ten): Ariel Turner (4.43 kps), Anna Drewry (1.02 bps)

Friday: Creighton vs. Marquette, 4:30 p.m. CT / Liberty vs. Minnesota, 6:30 p.m. CT. Winners play on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. CT.

#8 Minnesota (Big Ten): Katherine Harms (4.13 kps), Tori Dixon (1.03 bps)
Liberty (Big South): Caroline Douglas (3.68 kps), Kendle Rollins (1.00 bps)
Creighton (Missouri Valley): Leah McNary (3.00 kps), Kelli Browning (1.67 bps)
Marquette (Big East): Holly Mertens (3.33 kps), Kelsey Mattai (1.06 bps)

Omaha, Neb., Regional
Friday: Pepperdine vs. Dayton, 5:30 p.m. PT / Oregon vs. Northern Colorado, 8:00 p.m. PT. Winners play on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. PT

#5 Oregon (Pac 12): Alaina Bergsma (4.91 kps), Ariana Williams (0.66 bps)
Northern Colorado (Big Sky): Kelley Arnold (3.50 kps), Andrea Spaustat (0.97 bps)
Pepperdine (West Coast): Jazmine Orozco (3.84 kps), Victoria Adelhelm (1.13 bps)
Dayton (Atlantic 10): Rachel Krabacher (4.61 kps), Isolde Hannan (1.27 bps)

Friday: Arizona State vs. Oklahoma, 5:00 p.m. MT / BYU vs. New Mexico State, 7:00 p.m. MT. Winners play on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. MT.

#12 BYU (West Coast): Jennifer Hamson (4.02 kps), Nicole Warner (1.75 bps)
New Mexico State (Western Athletic): Meredith Hays (3.97 kps), Desiree Scott (1.24 bps)
Arizona State (Pac 12): Macey Gardner (4.46 kps), Alexis Pinson (0.98 bps)
Oklahoma (Big 12): Sallie McLaurin (2.86 kps, 1.41 bps), Maria Fernanda (4.77 dps)

Friday: Hawaii vs. Santa Clara, 5:00 p.m. PT / Washington vs. Central Arkansas, 7:00 p.m. PT. Winners play on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. PT.

#13 Washington (Pac 12): Krista Vansant (4.11 kps), Amanda Gil (1.79 bps)
Central Arkansas (Southland): Jessica Hays (4.38 kps), Taylor Hammonds (0.64 bps)
Hawaii (Big West): Emily Hartong (4.57 kps), Jade Vorster (1.09 bps)
Santa Clara (West Coast): Megan Anders (3.02 kps), Haley Cameron (0.86 bps)

Thursday: Kansas State vs. Northern Iowa, 4:30 p.m. CT / Nebraska vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 7:00 p.m. CT. Winners play on Friday at 7:00 p.m. CT.

#4 Nebraska (Big Ten): Hannah Werth (3.06 kps), Hayley Thramer (1.20 bps)
Maryland-Eastern Shore (Mid-Eastern Athletic): Saitaua Iosia (4.32 kps), Ndidi Ibe (1.02 bps)
Kansas State (Big 12): Kaitlynn Pelger (3.69 kps), Alex Muff (1.41 bps)
Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley): Megan Lehman (3.19 kps), Shelby Kintzel (1.09 bps)

A quick moment of recognition to all of the support staffs who rarely receive kudos for the great jobs they do and the long, odd hours they put in, especially during tournament time – the SIDs/media relations and marketing directors, event staff/facility managers, athletic trainers, academic advisors, strength coaches and administrators.

Good luck to all of the programs – let’s see where this week takes us! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Look Ahead - Nov. 21st-25th


By Jen Armson-Dyer
Jennifer Armson-Dyer is currently the member services coordinator for the Badger Region Volleyball Association, and previously worked for eight years as the Media Relations director for the Penn State men’s and women’s volleyball programs. Armson-Dyer played volleyball at Northwestern University, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism, and currently lives in Milwaukee, WI with Marquette Assistant Volleyball Coach, Craig Dyer and their son, Liam.


It’s all about where you finish. It’s the last week of the regular season and while many conference titles are decided, there are a few remaining, and the shifting for position in the RPI comes down to the last match of the season for many. Whether it’s seeding or NCAA Tournament pairings, you can bet these are some of the matches that will be closely looked at come Sunday by the NCAA Selection Committee. The NCAA Selection Show is slated for Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

#1 Penn State (27-2, 17-1) vs. #14 Ohio State (22-8, 13-5), Michigan State (23-7, 11-7)
The Nittany Lions have already captured their 15th Big Ten title and hold the second spot in the RPI, but they host the Buckeyes (RPI 20) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET and the Spartans (RPI 35) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET to close out the league season. A falter against either of those two squads would jeopardize one of the top four seeds in the NCAA Tournament for the Lions, who are led by Ariel Scott with 3.69 kills per set (376 kills), Dominique Gonzalez with 3.58 digs per set (365 digs) and Katie Slay with 1.34 blocks per set (133 total blocks). Co-Big Ten Player of the Week Mari Hole leads Ohio State with 4.23 kills per set (487 kills) while Davionna DiSalvatore picks up 4.02 digs per set (458 digs) and Emily Danks tops the blocking list with 0.74 blocks per set (85 total blocks). Michigan State – who also has a big Wednesday match with Michigan (RPI 33) – is led by Lauren Wicinski with 4.37 kills per set (485 kills), Kori Moster with 4.49 digs per set (498 digs) and Alexis Mathews with 1.23 blocks per set (137 total blocks). Click here for links to multimedia: http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/w-volley/sched/psu-w-volley-sched.html

#3 Texas (23-2, 15-0) vs. #18 Iowa State (18-7, 11-3)
The Longhorns travel to Ames for the last regular-season matchup for both squads on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT. With the win, Texas (RPI 3) also should claim one of the top four seeds in the tournament while Iowa State, with an RPI of 23, is playing for a more favorable matchup in the tournament. Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week Haley Eckerman leads the Longhorns with 4.64 kills per set (413 kills) while Sarah Palmer tops the defense with 3.46 digs per set (301 digs) and Khat Bell controls the net with 1.47 blocks per set (113 total blocks). For Iowa State, Victoria Hurtt leads the squad with 3.15 kills per set (290 kills) as Kristen Hahn picks up 5.39 digs per set (507 total digs) and Tenisha Matlock tops the blocking list with 0.71 blocks per set (65 total blocks). Click here for links to multimedia: http://www.cyclones.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=10700&SPID=4251&SPSID=46653

#4 USC (26-4, 14-4) vs. #7 UCLA (21-6, 13-5)
It’s been a battle for the entire year in the Pac-12, why not end with a bang? The Bruins (RPI 8) host the Women of Troy (RPI 10) on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion starting at 6:00 p.m. ET. The squads opened the season against one another on Sept. 19, with USC picking up the win in four. Named the Pac 12 Freshman of the Week for a league-leading fifth time, USC is led by Samantha Bricio with 4.12 kills per set (420 kills) while conference Defensive Player of the Week Natalie Hagglund picks up 5.01 digs per set (516 total digs) and Alexis Olgard averages 0.91 blocks per set (82 total blocks). For UCLA, Tabi Love leads the way with 4.54 kills per set (445 kills) as Bojana Todorovic tops the defense with 3.96 digs per set (372 digs) and Zoe Nightingale heads the defense with 1.31 blocks per set (128 total blocks). Click here for links to multimedia: http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/w-volley/sched/ucla-w-volley-sched.html

#12 Florida State (26-3, 17-2) vs. #23 Miami (25-4, 17-2)
The battle for the ACC title comes down to the last match of the season, as the Seminoles host the Hurricanes on Friday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Both teams are tied atop the league standings with identical 17-2 records, and the previous matchup this year went the way of Miami in four. Fatma Yildirim leads Florida State with 2.91 kills per set (291 kills) as Katie Mosher picks up 4.39 digs per set (443 digs) and Ashley Neff dominates at the net with 1.65 blocks per set (168 total blocks). For Miami, Taylor Hollins tops the offensive output with 3.18 kills per set (337 kills) as Ryan Shaffer collects 4.77 digs per set (506 digs) and Emani Sims leads the blocking list with 1.35 blocks per set (143 total blocks). The match will be broadcast on ESPN3.com. Click here for links to multimedia: http://www.seminoles.com/sports/w-volley/sched/fsu-w-volley-sched.html

Texas A&M (22-5, 14-4) vs. Tennessee (21-6, 14-4)
Both riding seven-match win streaks, the Aggies travel to Knoxville to face the Lady Vols on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Texas A&M (RPI 18) clinched at least a share of the SEC Western Division title with a win over Missouri last weekend and the two teams will battle it out for second place overall in the SEC. Tennessee (RPI 15) claimed the first meeting this season between the two teams in three sets. Alisia Kastmo leads the Aggies with 3.66 kills per set as Megan Pendergast picks up 4.04 digs per set (384 digs) and Lindsey Miller posts 1.05 blocks per set (96 total blocks). Kelsey Robinson heads the Lady Vol offensive charge with 4.29 kills per set (412 kills) as Ellen Mullins collects 4.59 digs per set (487 digs) and DeeDee Harrison leads the blocking list with 1.17 blocks per set (97 total blocks).

Which matches are you going to be following this week and who do you think will make the NCAA Tournament?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Look Ahead: Nov. 14-18


  

By Jen Armson-Dyer
Jennifer Armson-Dyer is currently the member services coordinator for the Badger Region Volleyball Association, and previously worked for eight years as the Media Relations director for the Penn State men’s and women’s volleyball programs. Armson-Dyer played volleyball at Northwestern University, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism, and currently lives in Milwaukee, WI with Marquette Assistant Volleyball Coach, Craig Dyer and their son, Liam.



It’s the week for conference tournaments as many leagues will determine their automatic NCAA bid on the court. But several leagues have some pretty important regular-season contests that will weigh heavily on final standings, not to mention the all-important RPI.

#1 Stanford (24-2, 16-0) vs. #8 USC (24-4, 12-4) & #5 UCLA (20-5, 12-4)
Stanford passed the test last weekend by taking Washington in four and now faces its final road trip of the regular season when it travels south to USC and UCLA, who still mathematically have a shot at the Pac-12 title. The Cardinal lead the pack by three matches with four remaining. Stanford faces USC on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. PT at the Galen Center and then takes on UCLA at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at Pauley Pavilion. For Stanford, Carly Wopat leads the offense with 2.97 kills per set (267 kills) and the block with 1.52 blocks per set (137 total blocks) while Kyle Gilbert leads the defense with 4.27 digs per set (414 digs). For USC, Samantha Bricio leads the offense with 4.12 kills per set (383 kills), Natalie Hagglund leads the defense with 4.82 digs per set (453 digs) and Alexis Olgard tops the block with 0.91 blocks per set (74 total blocks.). For UCLA, Tabi Love leads the squad with 4.55 kills per set (414 kills), Bojana Todorovic tops the defense with 3.95 digs per set (344 digs) and Zoe Nightingale leads the blocking list with 1.35 blocks per set (123 total blocks). Both matches will be streamed online. Click here for multimedia on Stanford-USC: http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/w-volley/sched/usc-w-volley-sched.html and click here for multimedia on Stanford-UCLA: http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/w-volley/sched/ucla-w-volley-sched.html.

#9 Nebraska (20-5, 12-4) vs. #14 Minnesota (20-7, 11-5)
The Huskers and the Golden Gophers sit just one match apart in the Big Ten standings, in second and third, respectively, behind Penn State. The two teams square off on Friday at 7:00 p.m. CT in Minneapolis in a match that will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Gina Mancuso leads the Nebraska offense with 3.44 kills per set (327 kills), Hannah Werth tops the defense with 3.28 kills per set (295 kills) and Hayley Thramer leads the blocking list with 1.21 blocks per set (114 total blocks). For Minnesota, Katherine Harms leads the offense with 4.18 kills per set (405 kills), Ashley Wittman tops the defense with 2.93 digs per set (281 digs) and Tori Dixon leads the block with 1.06 blocks per set (103 total blocks). Click here for links to multimedia: http://www.gophersports.com/sports/w-volley/sched/minn-w-volley-sched.html


#13 BYU (24-2, 12-2) vs. #18 San Diego (20-5, 12-3)
The West Coast Conference title is on the line when BYU travels to San Diego to square off on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. PT. The Cougar also play Pepperdine on Thursday. A win in one of the matches gives BYU a share of the league title, while victories in both contests would give the program its first-ever WCC title. The Toreros have only the Cougars remaining on their league slate. Jennifer Hamson leads BYU with 3.90 kills per set (351 kills) while Ciara Parker picks up 3.65 digs per set (325 digs) and Nicole Warner dominates the blocking front with 1.77 blocks per set (159 total blocks). For San Diego, Alaysia Brown and Katie Hoekman both put up 2.64 kills per set (256 kills) while Kandiss Anderson leads the defense with 3.74 digs per set (352 digs) and Hoekman tops the blocking list with 1.11 blocks per set (108 total blocks). Links to multimedia can be found here: http://usdtoreros.cstv.com/sports/w-volley/sched/usd-w-volley-sched.html

#19 Iowa State (16-7, 9-3) vs. #20 Kansas State (21-5, 8-5)
Broadcast on ESPNU on Wednesday night at 5:00 p.m. CT, the Wildcats travel to Ames to face the Cyclones, a team on a six-match winning streak and sitting in second place in the Big 12 standings. Kansas State sits in fourth place in the league but just a match and a half out of second. Victoria Hurtt leads Iowa State with 3.18 kills per set (270 kills) as Kristen Hahn tops the defense with 5.24 digs per set (456 digs) and Tenisha Matlock heads the blocking list with 0.72 blocks per set (61 total blocks). For Kansas State, Kaitlynn Pelger leads the team with 3.78 kills per set (333 total kills), Kuulei Kabalis tops the defense with 3.10 digs per set (273 total digs) and Alex Muff leads the block with 1.35 blocks per set (112 total blocks). Click here for links to multimedia: http://www.cyclones.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=10700&SPID=4251&SPSID=46653

Which matches are you going to be following this week?

Friday, November 9, 2012

What to do in Louisville!

by Holly Brucken, AVCA Intern




It is getting close to the AVCA Convention, so to prepare you for the trip to Louisville, KY we want to give you a little bit of advice about the restaurant-scene. Here are five great restaurant choices, each with a different atmospherethat you will want to check out while you’re visiting:

 
Doc Crowe’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar. Doc Crowe’s offers seafood and barbecue, perfect if you are looking for a southern atmosphere while you’re in the bluegrass. This includes classic southern seafood, Cajun and Creole food and diverse barbeque dishes. The restaurant is part of Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row, so the drink menu focuses on Kentucky’s staple drink: bourbon. The price range is reasonable, ranging from $10-$30. “The menu offers a sprawling assortment of goodies that caters to the pan-Southern belly, whether it craves oysters on the half shell, fried green tomatoes, pork rinds, shrimp and grits, barbecue, hush-puppies, or fried pork chops,” wrote Marty Rosen of the Louisville-Courier-Journal.

Lynn’s Paradise Café- Lynn’s Paradise Café is truly a one-of-a-kind restaurant, owned by former woodworker Lynn Winter, she wanted to incorporate art into everyday life. She opened this restaurant in 1991 and since it has been named one of the Four Most Fun Restaurants in America by Esquire Magazine, been featured in many television shows such as Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” and “The Oprah Show, and mentioned in many magazines and newspapers. The restaurant features a mix of unique and classic dishes, including Fried Green Tomato BLTs, cheeseburgers and hot browns.. Lynn’s Paradise Café also serves breakfast, and the menu features Kenny’s Kentucky Scramble, the Popeye Omelet and Crunchcakes, among other typical and atypical plates. Attached to the café is a store with fun, whimsical gifts that you won’t find anywhere else.
Lynn’s Paradise Café
Pat Nickell of the Herald Leader summed up the ambiance of the café in this statement: “If Salvadore Dali and Dolly Parton were to team up to open a restaurant, they might come up with Lynn’s Paradise Café.”

Bearnos by the Bridge- Bearnos is a four-time winner in the Best of Louisville Magazine, and two-time winner of Leo Best Pizza. The restaurant is located downtown, close to everything you will want to experience. It has everything you want from a pizza place: bread sticks, specialty or build-your-own pizzas, pastas, subs, and salads. Save room for dessert, because you will definitely want to top off your meal with a slice of Derby Pie or Kentucky Silk Pie. Bearnos delivers if you want to stay in for the night, but you won’t want to miss the full bar and live music every Friday and Saturday evening.
http://bearnos.com/legacysite/index.php


Café Lou-Lou- This fun restaurant that offers a variety of dishes: pastas, calzones, pizzas, sandwiches and rolls. While many of the dishes are Italian, don’t make the mistake of thinking this is solely an Italian restaurant. Appetizers such as Shrimp and Grits and Wild Bills Famous Cajun Cheese add diversity to the menu.


Village Anchor Pub and Roost. This last restaurant is farther from the downtown area than the other restaurants in this blog, but if you are willing, it is worth a visit. The Village Anchor Pub is one of Louisville’s newest restaurants, but was chosen as OpenTable.com Dinner’s Choice winner for 2012 and was named the Best Restaurant in Louisville by Metromix in 2012.  It offers brunch, lunch, dinner, and a beer and bourbon menu. Some of the more adventurous brunch items are Velvet Pancakes and the Gourmet Fried Bologna Sandwich, but there are plenty of omelets and conservative breakfast items as well. The dinner menu includes steaks, scallops, burgers, salads, etc.



Louisville is definitely not short on good places to eat, so don’t be afraid to explore your options, but these five are excellent restaurants that you won’t regret trying! Members can also get discounts at Louisville restaurants and sites by showing your name badge. Just follow this link for a list of places and their discounts:  http://www.gotolouisville.com/discounts/vib/index.aspx

                      Top 5 Night Time Hot Spots

We know that those of you attending our convention are excited to spend the week focused on volleyball, buuuuuuuuuuut you also want to see what the city has to offer! If you are looking for entertainment in Louisville, try one of these great spots!
Fourth Street Live -Fourth Street Live is a hub of activity in Downtown Louisville. It is a collection of bars, restaurants and shops on Fourth Street, nestled in conveniently with the hotels and attractions of downtown Louisville. Venues at Fourth Street Live  include Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Mozzaria, Hard Rock Cafe, Red Star Tavern, The Improv Comedy Club, The Pub, Sully’s, J. Gumbo’s and the world’s first Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge. There are several bars in this area, including Mosaic Nightclub and Lounge, PBR Louisville: A Cowboy Bar, Angel’s RockBar and Saddle Ridge. Live music performances are frequent at these bars. During the convention, Fourth Street Live will have an ice skating rink and Christmas tree set up, as part of the city’s holiday celebration “Light up Louisville.” If you are looking for a lively place to go after convention, with a lot going on, then Fourth Street Live is the best place to go. It is open every day of the week, but typically after 9 pm, only 21 and over will be admitted.

Improv Comedy Club- The Improv Comedy Club, which is located in Fourth Street Live, is a great place to relax and have a few laughs. Celebrity guests are frequent, and the calendar can be accessed on the Comedy Club’s website. Tickets can vary anywhere from $20-$75, so make sure you check prices and availability before you go! However, many of these tickets do include dinner, so the price isn't that bad. Because of the Club’s location on Fourth Street Live, there is plenty to keep you entertained before and after the show.
Special Guest Brian Posehn will be performing during AVCA Convention. He stars on Comedy Central’s Show “The Sarah Silverman Program" and in the movies "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” and "Surf's Up," among other TV shows and movies.

The Bluegrass Brewing Company
The largest microbrewery in Kentucky, the Bluegrass Brewing company is a great place to grab a bite to eat and experience some of the Bluegrass State’s own beer. If you are looking to go out to eat, the Bluegrass Brewing company offers a versatile menu in addition to great local beers. With two locations to choose from (there's one LITERALLY right outside the YUM! Center), you can head to downtown Louisville and find a lively night life scene, or go to Mall St. Matthews for go early in the evening and do some shopping beforehand. Either way, you are sure to have a good time!

21C Museum Hotel lobby
21c Museum Hotel- A “boutique hotel,” 21c Museum Hotel is a unique combination of hotel, museum and restaurant. It is your typical hotel, except each room features artwork from acclaimed and emerging artists. As most of you attending the convention won’t be staying at 21c, you will be more interested in the 24-hour museum that boasts work from international artists, but also from local and up-and-coming artists. Video artists and photographers are also featured. 21c holds special events frequently, including concerts, poetry readings and even weekly yoga classes. Admission to the museum, as well as too many of the events, is free and open to the public. An award winning restaurant, Proof on Main, is attached to the hotel. 21c Museum Hotels has been voted Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards Top Ten Hotels in the World in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Headliners Music Hall- Headliners Music Hall is one of the best live music spots Louisville. The Hall brings in national as well as local artists from a diverse assortment of music genres. Acts that will be performing during convention include Josh Krajcik, runner up on the 2009 season of the X-Factor, and the band Pokey Lafarge. The venue also hosts many tribute bands, Story Slams, and other performances.
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