2014 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team released

A nationwide voting committee selected nine players to the inaugural Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team honors the top NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshmen players from the regular season. It is also the only Freshmen All-American Team presented in college men’s volleyball.

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Men’s volleyball national media poll ballot breakdown

Stanford was able to close the gap a little bit more but Loyola will remain at No. 1 entering the postseason in the college men’s volleyball national media poll.

Loyola received all but one first-place vote to beat-out No. 2 Stanford by 11 points and to finish the regular season atop the latest Volleyball Magazine media poll released Tuesday. Continue reading

Video: Pepperdine senior discusses team’s success entering MPSF Tournament

No. 3 Pepperdine is not only entering the conference tournament as the Co-MPSF regular season champions, but has a chance to earn its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in six years.

Check out Off the Block special contributor Johanthan Bates’ interview with Pepperdine outside attacker Kyle Gerrans following the team’s home victory against Hawai’i in the regular-season finale Saturday.

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Three finalists announced for inaugural Lloy Ball Award

A nationwide voting committee selected USC setter Micah Christenson, Stanford setter James Shaw and Pepperdine setter Matt West as finalists for the inaugural Lloy Ball Award.

The Lloy Ball Award is given to the nation’s best setter in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season.

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Video: Reaction to Erskine, Mount Olive reaching Conference Carolinas title match

Erskine and Mount Olive are each now one win away from becoming the first Conference Carolinas team reach the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 1 seed Erskine and the No. 3 seed Mount Olive won their conference tournament semifinal matches on Saturday to advance to the Conference Carolinas championship match. The winner of that title match will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the six-team NCAA Tournament in Chicago.

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Conference tournament semifinal matches to follow tonight

The postseason resumes this evening with four teams still in contention for the Conference Carolinas’ first automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 1 seed Erskine after winning the conference regular season title will play host to No. 5 Barton in its Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals match. In addition, the No. 2 seed Pfeiffer and the No. 3 seed Mount Olive will face each other in the other semifinal.

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