Video: LBSU great Crabb talks success at WSOBV, Manhattan Beach Open

Check out Off the Block special contributor Ted Wang’s interview with former Long Beach State All-American outside attacker Taylor Crabb. The 2013 National Player of the Year making a transition to beach volleyball helped his co-ed team win a championship at the World Series of Beach Volleyball on Saturday and recently finished in third place at the Manhattan Beach Open. Continue reading

UCLA recruit Ma’a stellar serving lifts U.S. past China

UCLA recruit Micah Ma’a even coming off the bench in the United States’ tournament-finale continued to be more than efficient from the service line.

Ma’a had a match-high five aces as the United States swept China 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 on Sunday in Argentina to finish the FIVB Youth World Championship in seventh place. Continue reading

Video: Ball State player wins free tuition for making half-court shot

A Ball State men’s volleyball player is getting free tuition for a semester because of his basketball skills.

Ball State freshman outside attacker Lemuel Turner made a half-court shot to earn the free tuition prize at a contest during the school’s annual freshmen pep rally event on Thursday in Muncie, Indiana. Continue reading

U.S. title run ends with quarterfinals loss vs. Russia

The historic undefeated run for the United States at the FIVB Youth World Championship is over — and so is its chance of winning a medal.

The United States making the nation’s first appearance in the quarterfinals at the international tournament lost to Russia 25-22, 25-20, 25-23 on Friday in Argentina. Continue reading

LBSU recruit Ensing powers U.S. into Youth World Championship quarterfinals

For the first time in the tournament’s history, the United States is moving to the quarterfinals at the FIVB Boys Youth World Championship.

Long Beach State incoming recruit Kyle Ensing finished with a match-high 15 kills and added four aces as the United States swept Mexico 25-18, 25-16, 25-22 in the Round of 16 on Wednesday in Argentina. Continue reading