COSTA MESA — The architect of the blueprint for community college men's volleyball success watched almost helplessly as his team's house crumbled Friday night.
Long Beach City College Coach Randy Totorp had, in effect, created the human hurricane that swirled on the other side of the net during the nonconference match at Orange Coast College.
"What's funny is, we have kind of followed the model of what [Totorp] has done," OCC head man Travis Turner said after the Pirates' 25-17, 25-17, 25-23 triumph to up his team's record to 4-0. "When he was winning all those state championships [2004, 2006 and 2009], he was getting players for three years and playing with older guys."
The formula calls for stockpiling the surplus talent produced by high school and club programs, mostly in Southern California, that because of decreasing scholarship opportunities at four-year schools, are eager to keep playing.
With rosters swelled to 30 players, community colleges then redshirt players for one developmental season, in effect, creating their own farm system for experienced talent. One might say it's as much about gestation as matriculation.