NCAA releases documents on 2014 tournament selection process

Pepperdine may have been ahead of Lewis in the national coaches poll last season, but not in any of the key data given to the NCAA Tournament selection committee to determine the final at-large bid.

The NCAA recently released on its website the end of season rankings in statistical categories used by the 2014 men’s volleyball selection committee to award the two at-large bids and seed the six-team NCAA Tournament. Continue reading

Off the Block releases watch list for 2015 Lloy Ball Award

Fourteen college men’s volleyball players have been selected to the 2015 watch list for the annual Lloy Ball Award.

Off the Block on Tuesday unveiled the watch list for the national award that is presented to the best setter in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. Continue reading

Historic comparison: MPSF preseason favorite and end of season champion

Being the preseason favorite isn’t necessarily a good thing in the MPSF.

Seven times in the last nine season the team picked No. 1 in the MPSF preseason coaches poll has failed to win the conference regular season championship. In addition, twice a preseason favorite has finished the regular season outside of the top five in the conference standings since the MPSF preseason poll’s inception for the 2006 season. Continue reading

Grand Canyon adds two players in nationwide recruiting effort

The son of two former college volleyball players and an all-area outside attacker will both be playing for Grand Canyon beginning in the 2016 season.

Grand Canyon announced recently that high school seniors Will Schwob and Jack Burton have committed to join the Antelopes.
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Lewis signs multiple all-state high school recruits

Two Wisconsin All-State outside attackers and a state finals most valuable player will join Lewis beginning in 2016.

Lewis announced earlier this week that high school seniors Dalen Instenes, Ryan Coenen, Kal Cromwell, Evan Gebert and Aaron Turner have all committed to play for the Flyers.
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Long Beach signs 4 of nation’s top 25 ranked recruits

Long Beach State not only signed the most highly touted recuit in the nation but added three more of the nation’s top 25 high school players to its latest recruiting class.

The 49ers announced recently that high school seniors TJ DeFalco, Kyle Ensing, Kimball Leituala, Kysen Olsen and Josh Tuaniga all have committed to play for the 49ers beginning in 2016. Continue reading

Pepperdine shatters conference record in MPSF preseason poll

Pepperdine will enter the upcoming season as an unprecedented overwhelming favorite to win its first MPSF championship since 2007.

The Waves in the MPSF preseason coaches poll released Thursday received all but one first-place vote and set the conference record for largest point margin between the top two teams.

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Pepperdine tops Loyola for No. 1 ranking in preseason coaches poll

Pepperdine may have missed the NCAA Tournament last season, but it beat out the defending NCAA champions Loyola for the top spot in the preseason national coaches poll.

The Waves received 10 of 18 first-place votes to finish six points ahead of the Ramblers to secure the No. 1 ranking in the AVCA preseason coaches poll released Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading

Historic Trend: Players making Preseason and end of year All-American Teams

A majority but not all of the players selected to the most recent Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams will earn All-American honors at the end of the season, if recent historic trends continue.

Of the Preseason All-American selections in the last three years, 61.3 percent have also finished the year receiving AVCA All-American honors. Continue reading