LBSU ranked higher than Stanford in Selection Sunday RPI

Less than two-thousandths of a percentage point is all that separated No. 4/5 Long Beach State and No. 4/5 Stanford in the selection committee criteria category of RPI ranking.

Long Beach State finished at No. 4 and 0.0014 percentage points ahead of Stanford in the Selection Sunday RPI rankings that the NCAA released on Tuesday. Continue reading

Erskine flies by Barton to land to NCAA Tournament field

A third time was exactly what Erskine needed to get past Barton and win the Conference Carolinas champions.

Erskine entering the postseason with two regular season losses to Barton swept the Bulldogs 25-20, 25-19, 25–18 in the Conference Carolinas Tournament finals on Saturday in Due West, South Carolina. Continue reading

Audio: Erskine discusses beating Belmont Abbey in conference semifinals

Outside attacker Mike Michelau after earlier in the day being named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year had a match-high 22 kills as Erskine defeated Belmont Abbbey on Friday to advance to the conference finals.

Check out Off the Block’s postmatch interview with Erskine coach Heather Vahjen and libero Michael Schneck as they discuss the Flying Fleet’s four-game victory in the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals. Continue reading

Audio: Barton coach reacts to reaching Conference Carolinas finals

Outside attacker Pierrer Tang-Taye had 18 kills and Barton hit more than .300 to beat the defending-Conference Carolinas champions Pfeiffer in four games in the conference tournament semifinals on Friday.

Check out Off the Block’s postmatch interview with Barton coach Jeff Lennox after the Bulldogs’ postseason victory to advance to the conference finals for the first time in the program’s history. Continue reading

Four finalists named for annual Karch Kiraly Award

A nationwide voting committee selected four finalists for the nation’s top award presented to an outside attacker.

Off the Block announced Tuesday that Belmont Abbey’s Nolan Albrecht, Long Beach State’s TJ DeFalco, BYU’s Brenden Sander and Ohio State’s Nicholas Szerszen were named finalists for the 2016 Karch Kiraly Award. Continue reading