Off the Block, Molten announce finalists for NCAA Division III National Awards

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A nationwide voting committee selected 16 finalists for the Off the Block/Molten NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball National Awards.

Off the Block announced Monday the finalists for the five annual position-based Division III awards — the Off the Block/Molten National Setter of the Year, the Off the Block/Molten National Outside Attacker of the Year, the Off the Block/Molten National Opposite of the Year, the Off the Block/Molten National Middle Attacker of the Year and the Off the Block/Molten National Libero of the Year. Continue reading “Off the Block, Molten announce finalists for NCAA Division III National Awards”

2019 senior starter production lost (Big West edition)

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Jonathan Bates | Associate Editor

As noted before, this was a historic year for the high-level of production and sheer number of contributing seniors in college men’s volleyball. Since the season is over, Off the Block has crunched the numbers for 41 of the 43 with senior starters this past season, and we will be unveiling the data in a six-post installment.

The percentage of production lost is from starting seniors only. Off the Block included liberos as starters, and some teams will have more than seven starters listed as some teams have two players split time as starters at a given position. Continue reading “2019 senior starter production lost (Big West edition)”

2019 senior starter production lost (MPSF edition)

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Jonathan Bates | Associate Editor

As noted before, this was a historic year for the high-level of production and sheer number of contributing seniors in college men’s volleyball. Since the season is over, Off the Block has crunched the numbers for 41 of the 43 with senior starters this past season, and we will be unveiling the data in a six-post installment.

The percentage of production lost is from starting seniors only. Off the Block included liberos as starters, and some teams will have more than seven starters listed as some teams have two players split time as starters at a given position.

Off the Block is releasing the data by conference, and today we continue with the MPSF. By far, the team worst hit by graduation of senior starters nationally has to be the Pepperdine Waves. The Waves lose five starters from the team that made to the NCAA men’s volleyball national championship semifinals. The Waves lead the nation in terms of lost senior starter production in kills, aces, and blocks.

UCLA is No. 6 in the nation in terms of lost senior production in terms of assists, while USC ranks third nationally in digs.

On the other end of the spectrum, BYU loses the least in senior starter production in terms kills, aces, digs, and blocks. In fact, with the graduation of only one senior starter, libero Taylor Richards, BYU does not lose any starting senior production in kills, aces, and blocks. That is the main reason why BYU is listed the No. 1 team in Off the Block’s Way to Early Top 10 for 2020.

Pepperdine

  • 2019 Final Record: 23-7 (9-3 MPSF)
  • Final Ranking: 3/3
  • Postseason finish: Lost in NCAA Tournament Semifinals
  • Graduating starters: outside attacker David Wieczorek, outside attacker Kaleb Denmark, opposite Michael Wexter, middle attacker Kevin Vaz, middle attacker Max Chamberlain
  • Returning starters: setter Michael Mullahey, liberos Noah Dyer/Spencer Wickens
  • Lost production (from starting seniors):
    • Kills: 95%
    • Blocks: 88%
    • Digs: 57%
    • Aces: 92%
    • Assists: 7%

UCLA

  • 2019 Final Record: 19-9, (8-4 MPSF)
  • Final Ranking: 7/6
  • Postseason finish: Lost in MPSF Tournament Semifinals
  • Graduating starters: setter/outside attacker Micah Ma’a, outside attacker Dylan Missry
  • Returning starters: middle attacker Daenen Gyimah, middle attacker Grant Maleski, opposite Brandon Rattray, outside attacker Austin Matautia, libero Cole Pender
  • Lost production (from starting seniors):
    • Kills: 26%
    • Blocks: 19%
    • Digs: 40%
    • Aces: 51%
    • Assists: 84%

USC

  • 2019 Final Record: 18-11 (7-5 MPSF)
  • Final Ranking: 5/5
  • Postseason finish: Lost in NCAA Tournament Opening Round
  • Graduating starters: outside attacker Jack Wyett, outside Gianluca Grasso, opposite Ryan Moss, libero Matt Douglas
  • Returning starters: setter Chris Hall, middle attacker Sam Lewis, middle attacker Kyle Gear
  • Lost production (from starting seniors):
    • Kills: 78%
    • Blocks: 41%
    • Digs: 70%
    • Aces: 55%
    • Assists: 12%

Stanford

  • 2019 Final Record: 15-11 (6-6 MPSF)
  • Final Ranking: 10/-
  • Postseason finish: Lost in MPSF Tournament Quarterfinals
  • Graduating starters: libero Kyle Dagostino, outside attacker Jordan Ewert
  • Returning starters: setter Paul Bischoff, middle attacker Stephen Moye, middle attacker Kyler Presho, opposite Jaylen Jasper, outside attacker Eric Beatty
  • Lost production (from starting seniors):
    • Kills: 28%
    • Blocks: 9%
    • Digs: 43%
    • Aces: 17%
    • Assists: 11%

BYU

  • 2019 Final Record: 13-12 (6-6 MPSF)
  • Final Ranking: 11/-
  • Postseason finish: Lost in MPSF Tournament Semifinals
  • Graduating starters: libero Taylor Richards
  • Returning starters: setter Wil Stanley, opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez, outside attacker Andrew Lincoln, outside attacker Davide Gardini, middle attacker Felipe de Brito Ferreira, middle attacker Miki Jauhiainen
  • Lost production (from starting seniors):
    • Kills: 0%
    • Blocks: 0%
    • Digs: 9%
    • Aces: 0%
    • Assists: 3%

Grand Canyon

  • 2019 Final Record: 13-16 (3-9 MPSF)
  • Final Ranking:
  • Postseason finish: Lost in MPSF Tournament Quarterfinals
  • Graduating starters: opposite Will Schwob, middle attacker Alex Shmelev
  • Returning starters: middle attacker Ian McLain, outside attacker Christian Janke, outside hitter David Kisiel, setter Tanner Petchul, libero Cole Udall
  • Lost production (from starting seniors):
    • Kills: 28%
    • Blocks: 38%
    • Digs: 16%
    • Aces: 26%
    • Assists: 2%

Concordia-Irvine

  • 2019 Final Record: 14-19 (3-9 MPSF)
  • Final Ranking: 14/-
  • Postseason finish: Lost in MPSF Tournament Quarterfinals
  • Graduating starters: setter Chandler Gibb, middle attacker Hunter Howell
  • Returning starters: outside attacker Raymond Barsemian, opposite Luke Krzmarzick, outside attacker Jordan Hoppe, middle attacker Noah Lassandro, libero Addison Enriques
  • Lost production (from starting seniors):
    • Kills: 13%
    • Blocks: 33%
    • Digs: 22%
    • Aces: 16%
    • Assists: 71%

2019 senior starter production lost (MIVA edition)

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Jonathan Bates | Associate Editor

As noted before, this was a historic year for the high-level of production and sheer number of contributing seniors in college men’s volleyball. Since the season is over, Off the Block has crunched the numbers for 41 of the 43 with senior starters this past season, and we will be unveiling the data in a six-post installment.

The percentage of production lost is from starting seniors only. Off the Block included liberos as starters, and some teams will have more than seven starters listed as some teams have two players split time as starters at a given position.

Continue reading “2019 senior starter production lost (MIVA edition)”

Purdue Fort Wayne setter makes Portugal roster for Volleyball Nations League

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A Purdue Fort Wayne setter will have an opportunity to represent Portugal in the most prestigious international tournament.

Frederico Santos was named to the Portuguese Men’s National Team preliminary roster for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League that will take place this summer. Continue reading “Purdue Fort Wayne setter makes Portugal roster for Volleyball Nations League”

Hawai’i opposite Parapunov makes Bulgaria preliminary roster for Volleyball Nations League

Hawai’i opposite Rado Parapunov will go from playing in the NCAA Tournament finals to possibly playing in the world’s biggest international tournament.

Parapunov was selected to the Bulgarian Men’s National Team preliminary roster for the upcoming FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Continue reading “Hawai’i opposite Parapunov makes Bulgaria preliminary roster for Volleyball Nations League”

2019 senior starter production lost (Independent teams edition)

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Jonathan Bates | Associate Editor

As noted before, this was a historic year for the high-level of production and sheer number of contributing seniors in college men’s volleyball. Since the season is over, Off the Block has crunched the numbers for 41 of the 43 with senior starters this past season, and we will be unveiling the data in a six-post installment.

The percentage of production lost is from starting seniors only. Off the Block included liberos as starters, and some teams will have more than seven starters listed as some teams have two players split time as starters at a given position.

Continue reading “2019 senior starter production lost (Independent teams edition)”