Time to empty the notebook that is filled with college men’s volleyball news and notes. Check out some of the more interesting news tidbits and other notes involving college men’s volleyball.
Ballots distributed for Preseason All-American Teams
Off the Block last week distributed voting ballots for the annual Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Team. Every NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball head coach and members of the national media poll voting committee receive an invitation to vote. The Preseason All-American Teams will be announced Thursday on the Off the Block website.
Sacred Heart Paralympian named coach at Life
Life University hired Eric Duda on Monday to be its inaugural men’s volleyball head coach when the NAIA program begins play in 2019. Duda spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart and helped the Pioneers last season reach the EIVA Tournament for the first time in more than five years. He also played for the U.S. Men’s National Sitting Volleyball Team at the 2004 and 2016 Paralympics and earned the honor of the USA Volleyball Sitting Volleyball All-Time Great Player.
CSUN to sell alcohol at home matches
The CSUN athletics department announced Tuesday that it will begin to sell beer and wine at the Matadors men’s volleyball team’s home matches during the upcoming season. This decision comes after California State University system passed an executive order in the summer that allowed its campuses to sell alcohol at home sporting events.
New Division II program to hold volleyball clinic
Daemen coach Don Gleason announced last week that he will conduct clinics for middle school and high school players later this month on the college campus. Both clinics will teach fundamental skills with the middle school clinic taking place Dec. 27-28 and the high school clinic on Dec. 29. The cost for the camp $75 to $100 and individuals can sign-up at the Daemen athletics department website. Daemen, a NCAA Division II school located in Amherst, New York, announced in May it would add a men’s volleyball program starting in 2019.
Carthage picked as preseason favorite in MVCL
The defending co-MVCL regular season champions Carthage received all but one first-place vote to finish atop the MVCL Preseason Coaches Poll that was released Monday. Mount St. Joseph was the only other school to receive a first-place vote and finished the Division III conference’s preseason poll in second place.