Record 5 teams receive national academic award

For the second consecutive year, five NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams earned national academic honor.

The AVCA announced Wednesday that Cal Baptist, George Mason, Grand Canyon, Harvard and NJIT all received the organization’s annual Team Academic Award. Continue reading

Committee chair: Penn State to be site for 2016 NCAA play-in matches

The NCAA Tournament play-in matches are coming to Penn State for the upcoming season.

NCAA men’s volleyball committee chairman Ron Shayka said in a recent interview with Off the Block that it will keep the current NCAA Tournament format and have the play-in matches, semifinals and finals all take place at the same location. Continue reading

OTB campaign delivers volleyball gear to kids in Honduras

Underprivileged children in Honduras will have a better opportunity to play volleyball because of the generosity from the Off the Block community and Molten.

Off the Block successfully completed its inaugural philanthropic campaign The Assist and delivered essential volleyball equipment to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt volleyball training center in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. Continue reading

Audio: Committee chair Shayka discusses future NCAA Tourney structure

Check out Off the Block’s interview with Ron Shayka, the NCAA men’s volleyball committee chairman and George Mason associate athletics director, as he discusses the recent NCAA annual meeting, possible changes to the upcoming NCAA Tournament and the coaching change at George Mason. Continue reading

United States rallies to beat Australia in World Games finale

The United States ended its World University Games with a victory and another big offensive performance from former Lewis All-American outside attacker Greg Petty.

Petty finished with a match-high 21 kills as the United States rallied to beat Australia 32-30, 24-26, 22-25, 25-20, 15-11 on Saturday in South Korea to conclude the international tournament in 17th place. Continue reading

Former IPFW great Ball selected to Volleyball Hall of Fame

One of the top setters in both college men’s volleyball and USA Volleyball history will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

The International Volleyball Hall of Fame announced Friday morning that former IPFW All-American setter Lloy Ball will be part of the 2015 class inducted into the Hall of Fame. Continue reading