Off the Block releases watch list for inaugural Bryan Ivie Award

Twelve college men’s volleyball players have been selected to the 2015 watch list for a new national award this upcoming season.

Off the Block on Monday announced the watch list for the inaugural Bryan Ivie Award, which is presented to the best opposite in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. Continue reading

Comparison: Final RPI and coaches poll rankings from last two seasons

If recent history is any indication, don’t expect the college men’s volleyball national coaches poll and RPI to have similar team rankings next season.

Six times in the last two years a team that was ranked in the top 10 of the final RPI but finished outside the top 10 in final national coaches poll, according to documents recently published NCAA documents. Continue reading

NCAA releases documents on 2014 tournament selection process

Pepperdine may have been ahead of Lewis in the national coaches poll last season, but not in any of the key data given to the NCAA Tournament selection committee to determine the final at-large bid.

The NCAA recently released on its website the end of season rankings in statistical categories used by the 2014 men’s volleyball selection committee to award the two at-large bids and seed the six-team NCAA Tournament. Continue reading

Off the Block releases watch list for 2015 Lloy Ball Award

Fourteen college men’s volleyball players have been selected to the 2015 watch list for the annual Lloy Ball Award.

Off the Block on Tuesday unveiled the watch list for the national award that is presented to the best setter in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. Continue reading

Historic comparison: MPSF preseason favorite and end of season champion

Being the preseason favorite isn’t necessarily a good thing in the MPSF.

Seven times in the last nine season the team picked No. 1 in the MPSF preseason coaches poll has failed to win the conference regular season championship. In addition, twice a preseason favorite has finished the regular season outside of the top five in the conference standings since the MPSF preseason poll’s inception for the 2006 season. Continue reading