Defending champs U.S. sweep Nicaragua in NORCECA opener

Brenden Sander after watching his older brother win the FIVB World League most valuable player made the most of his own international debut.

The BYU incoming freshman recruit had a match-high six kills and two aces as the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team swept Nicaragua 25-12, 25-13, 25-20 on Tuesday in El Salvador to open the NORCECA U21 Continental Championship.

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Mount Olive signs two top international recruits for 2015 season

Members from the Belgian Junior National Team and England Junior National Team will be among the incoming recruits joining Mount Olive for the upcoming season.

Mount Olive coach David Heller announced Monday that recent high school graduates Hollevoet and Robert Poole, Bret Rutledge, Peyton Schirman, Jeff Yasalonis and Victor Zamudio all committed to play for Mount Olive starting in the 2015 season.

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Q&A with Ball State coach Walton on recruiting, growing his program

It’s not as big of a challenge any more for coach Joel Walton to recruit players to Ball State.

Walton said interview with Off the Block earlier this week that the university building a new training facility for the team and awarding additional men’s volleyball scholarships has significantly improved Ball State’s latest recruiting classes.

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Harvard, UCLA pair eliminated in second round of Beach World Championships

The championship hopes will end short of the medal podium for the U.S. pair of Harvard outside attacker Branden Clemens and UCLA outside attacker Jackson Bantle.

Clemens and Bantle lost to the Norway’s Christian Sandlie Sorum and Hendrik Nikolai Mol H 21-13, 21-15 in the second round of the FIVB Beach U-21 World Championships on Saturday in Larnaka, Cyprus, to be eliminated from the international tournament.
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Ball State coach excited to have new sports facility named after Shondell

The name on the new practice facility at Ball State is just as significant as the sports venue itself for the coaches and players.

Ball State coach Joel Walton said in an interview with Off the Block earlier this week that he is excited about the school opting to name the new facility in honor of the program’s inaugural coach and Volleyball Hall of Famer Don Shondell.
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U.S. reveals final roster for World Championship qualification tournament

The U.S. roster is set for the tournament that will determine if the country qualifies for the 2015 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship.

USA Volleyball announced its 12-player roster that includes two Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshman All-American Team selections for the upcoming NORCECA Men’s U-21 Continental Championship.
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Off the Block to release first NCAA rally scoring era record book

The question of what college men’s volleyball player had the best single-season and career statistically during the rally scoring era will finally be answered.

In an effort to preserve the sport’s history, Off the Block starting next week will release the nation’s first compiled rally scoring era record book for NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball.

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