Year in Review: Off the Block top stories, videos in 2019

Photo by Fabiana Huffaker

Not a bad way to close out the decade.

There was everything in 2019 from Long Beach State and Hawai’i dominating the college men’s volleyball landscape to the U.S. Men’s National Team medaling in international tournaments.

There was more growth in the sport with the Off the Block Grow the Game Challenge taking place in Nashville for the second consecutive year and six more schools adding a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team. It also was record-setting year for Off the Block. The college men’s volleyball website set record with almost 700,000 page views.

Relive the year that was and check the most viewed stories and videos on Off the Block from 2019.

Best of OTB: Editor’s picks

DeFalco’s swan song at Long Beach just pure dominance

From Bench to Hero: Jendryk spearheads U.S. comeback win in VNL semifinals

Ohio State named National Program of the Decade

LBSU outside DeFalco named National Player of Decade

Bracketology: All the data points comparing UCSB, UCI, USC

Bates: Why I voted Hawai’i No. 1


Hawai’i dismantles UC Irvine in series finale

Grand Canyon makes epic fifth-game comeback to beat Lindenwood

Barton stuns GCU for first win vs. ranked team

McKendree coach reacts to knocking off Ohio State

Top quotes, interesting tidbits from NCAA Tournament media day

Most viewed Off the Block stories of 2019

1. SIAC to sponsor NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball with six new teams starting in 2021

2. Way too early projected top-10 college men’s volleyball teams for 2020

3. Preview: Matches to follow tonight (Jan. 4)

4. Match Guide: Conference Championship Saturday

5. Off the Block unveils NCAA Tournament All-Decade Team

6. Match Guide: Matches to follow tonight (Jan. 12)

7. Preview: Matches to follow tonight (April 13)

8. Bracketology: Off the Block’s NCAA Tournament projections (April 20)

9. Preview: Matches to follow tonight (April 18)

10. Match Guide: Matches to follow tonight (Feb. 1)

Most viewed Off the Block videos of 2019

1. UCLA rallies to beat Pepperdine in preseason showdown

2. Barton does it again, knocks off USC

3. Hawai’i blows through BYU for 20th straight sweep

4. CSUN sweeps UCLA in home opener

5. Ohio State freshman goes from backup libero to starting setter

Global reach of Off the Block in 2019

All the nations that visited Off the Block in 2019 are highlighted on the map.

People in 167 countries visited Off the Block in 2019. Below are the 10 nations that generated the most page views and web traffic to Off the Block.
1. United States
2. Puerto Rico
3. India
4. Canada
5. Brazil
6. Japan
7. United Kingdom
8. Germany
9. American Samoa
10. Australia