The Notebook Dump: News tidbits, notes from college men’s volleyball

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.

Loyola recruit earns top state award
Outside attacker Andre Lyons was named The Virginian-Pilot Class 5 Virginia Player of the Year. The Loyola recruit earned the statewide honor after having 334 kills, 117 digs and 51 aces during his high school senior season. In addition, Loyola recruit and outside attacker Cole Schlothauer was selected as the Virginia Region 5B Player of the Year.

Former All-American, MotorMVB give Princeton big gift
Marin Gjaja, the first player to earn All-American honors in Princeton program history, donated $50,000 to Princeton volleyball earlier this month as part of Tiger Athletics Give Day. Gjaja through MotorMVB offered a $50,00 matching grant as other Princeton volleyball alumni raised an additional $55,982. Princeton volleyball ended the fundraising event earring $135,932.

Warner lands former Coker head coach
Warner University announced earlier this month that it hired Eric Synder to be its new men’s volleyball head coach for the upcoming season. Synder spent three years as the head coach at Coker and in 2016 led the Cobras to the their first winning record in program history. He also created in 2017 the IVA Tournament, an end of the year tournament for independent teams in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball. Warner finished last season 24-6 and advanced to the NAIA Tournament semifinals.

Two Loyola matches to be televised on NBC Sports affiliate
Loyola announced last week that its upcoming home matches against USC and the defending-NCAA champions Ohio State will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Chicago+. The Ramblers will face the Trojans in non-conference play on Feb. 3 and will play the Buckeyes on Feb. 24.

Ticket sales continue for Grow the Game Challenge
Off the Block announced earlier this week that tickets can be purchased for the Grow the Game Challenge. The Grow the Game Challenge is a non-conference tournament featuring 10 NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams that will take place on Jan. 12-14 in Nashville. Tickets are $5 for a day pass and $10 for a tournament pass. In addition, people unable to attend the event have the option to buy tickets that will be donated to local members of the Nashville community. All ticket proceeds will go to help pay for tournament’s gameday expanses. To oder tickets for the Grow the Game Challenge, click here.