Harvard to open 2019 season on road against UC Santa Barbara

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[Editor’s note: Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA is presenting The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches. This list spotlights the best non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams in 2019 and will be the first time several of these matches have been publicly announced. Harvard versus UC Santa Barbara is ranked No. 8 on the list.]

Harvard after concluding last season winning its first EIVA championship will open the 2019 season with a chance at another program first. Continue reading “Harvard to open 2019 season on road against UC Santa Barbara”

St. Francis schedules match vs. defending champs Long Beach

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[Editor’s note: Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA is presenting The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches. This list spotlights the best non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams in 2019 and will be the first time several of these matches have been publicly announced. St. Francis versus Long Beach State is ranked No. 11 on the list.]

Coach Mike Rumbaugh isn’t shying away from a tough non-conference match — he may have even scheduled the toughest possible match for St. Francis. Continue reading “St. Francis schedules match vs. defending champs Long Beach”

Charleston schedules 2019 non-conference match vs. UC Irvine

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[Editor’s note: Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA is presenting The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches. This list spotlights the best non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams in 2019 and will be the first time several of these matches have been publicly announced. Charleston versus UC Irvine is ranked No. 13 on the list.]

The second time traveling out west in Charleston’s program history will feature a match against a likely top-10 national ranked team. Continue reading “Charleston schedules 2019 non-conference match vs. UC Irvine”

UC San Diego, Stanford players win awards at U21 NORCECA Championship

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Two U.S. Men’s Junior National Team players concluded the NORCECA U21 Continental Championship earning two of the tournament’s top individual awards.

Stanford opposite Jaylen Jasper was named the Best Server, while UC San Diego setter Blake Crisp was selected was the Best Setter on Saturday at the international event that is a qualifier for the FIVB U21 World Championship. Continue reading “UC San Diego, Stanford players win awards at U21 NORCECA Championship”

Queens schedules big two-match home series vs. Hawai’i for 2019

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It may be a second-year program, but Queens just scheduled a non-conference home series that could be the envy of any college men’s volleyball team in the nation.

Coach Jeremy Price announced recently that Queens will play a two-match home series against Hawai’i on Feb. 7-10 at the Levine Center in Charolette, North Carolina. Continue reading “Queens schedules big two-match home series vs. Hawai’i for 2019”

Ohio State, Long Beach State rematch scheduled for 2019 season

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The rematch is set for one of the most intense NCAA Tournament matches last season.

Ohio State as part of unveiling its 2019 schedule earlier this week announced it will play a two-match non-conference road series against the defending NCAA champions Long Beach State on Feb. 8-9. Continue reading “Ohio State, Long Beach State rematch scheduled for 2019 season”

U.S. unveils preliminary roster for upcoming NORCECA U21 Championship

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The United States determined its preliminary roster for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2019 FIVB U21 World Championship.

USA Volleyball announced Monday the 17 college players and incoming recruits to make the U.S. Men’s Junior National Training Team. Continue reading “U.S. unveils preliminary roster for upcoming NORCECA U21 Championship”

Long Beach, UCLA, Pepperdine players make U.S. roster for exhibition series

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Four current college men’s volleyball players will be on the U.S. roster for exhibition matches against Argentina.

Long Beach State outside attacker TJ DeFalco and opposite Kyle Ensing, UCLA setter Micah Ma’a and Pepperdine outside attacker David Wieczorek were selected to play in the three-match series that begins Wednesday. Continue reading “Long Beach, UCLA, Pepperdine players make U.S. roster for exhibition series”

Lincoln Memorial, Hawai’i to play two-match series in 2019

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Lincoln Memorial proved its willing to travel to play top quality non-conference matches — even if that opponent is more than 4,000 miles from Tennessee.

Lincoln Memorial as part of recently unveiling its 2019 schedule announced it will play a two-match road series against Hawai’i on Feb. 15-17.