No.1 team crushed in the semi’s, i get caught…Utah here we come
Last Thursday was the MPSF Semifinals for Mens Volleyball. The No.1 ranked team UCI was playing No.5 USC. I really wanted to get a direct overhead shot of one of the UCI players serving. I had gone up in the catwalks prior to the start of the game to check out locations I could shoot from and found that none of the walkways were directly over the back line. I knew that I wasn’t allowed to shoot from up there too, but I didn’t know exactly where to set up the camera as a remote. About five minutes before the first game started I went back up and chose my position that I would be shooting from for the first game. Below, UCI’s sophomore outside hitter Jordan DuFault spikes the ball as three USC opponents attempt a block.
Below, from right to left, Carson Clark, Austin D’Amore, and Taylor Wilson stay close for a block attempt.
Below, Carson Clark gets high above the net for a kill.
The higher angle for volleyball is definitely my favorite. While shooting volleyball last year I had to discard tons of photos because players faces were covered by either hands or the top of the net. The backgrounds are also much cleaner while shooting from a higher angle and the shadows from using my strobes are also nice to have. Below, Taylor Wilson rises high above the net for a kill while a helpless USC players awaits below.
Due to a very rough start by UCI, they went on to lose the first game. I quickly repositioned my strobes and changed positions in the catwalks to where I able to get my overhead shot and be unnoticed at the same time. Below, different angle of Ryan Ammerman receiving the ball from USC.
The overhead shot didn’t turn out exactly how I planned. I knew that I wasn’t supposed to be up in the catwalks during the game so I chose a “safer” position where I most likely wouldn’t be caught. There was however a better place to shoot from but it was a little too risky for a high profile game. Below, Sophomore outside hitter Cory Yoder serves the ball to USC in the second game.
Canon 1D Mark IIn, 70-200mm @ 115mm, 160iso, f10, 1/250th
Once again UCI was beat by USC and lost the second game. I quickly readjusted my lights and as I was coming down from the catwalks I was greeting by one of the Bren Events Center Staff…shit. I guess I wasn’t sneaky enough this time and was caught. The Bren staff guy wasn’t mean about it but just told me that I wasn’t allowed to be up there during the game. I thanked him for letting me know and continued to shoot the third game from the upper balcony. Below, UCI’s Kevin Wynne goes for a kill between two USC opponents.
Below, UCI’s Austin D’Amore jumps above two USC defenders for a kill.
So to end this night, UCI lost to USC in 3 games. They made tons of uncharacteristic mistakes and their play that night was not a good representation of what they have achieved this whole season. Which is why they were still given the No.1 seed at the NCAA Championships in Provo, UT. Therefore, I will be driving out to Utah with the sports editor and associate sports editor to cover the games. Check back next week for the Championship coverage.