MPSF announces 2014 Player of Year, all-conference teams

For the fourth time in the conference’s history, a player has won multiple MPSF Player of the Year honors during his college career.

The MPSF announced Thursday that BYU All-American outside attacker Taylor Sander was selected as the conference’s player of the year for the second consecutive season.

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Off the Block Kickstarter campaign to be at NCAA Tourney nears an end

A couple hours still remain in the Kickstarter campaign to help Off the Block get to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

The national award winning college men’s volleyball website’s Kickstarter campaign ends Friday with the goal of gaining enough support for it to be on-site this year at the upcoming NCAA Tournament in Chicago.

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Finalists announced for Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year

A nationwide voting committee selected UCLA outside attacker Gonzalo Quiroga, Penn State outside attacker Aaron Russell, BYU outside attacker Taylor Sander and Loyola outside attacker Joseph Smalzer as finalists for the 2014 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year recognizes the top individual serving performance from a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player during the regular season. Continue reading

Fear the Fleet: Erskine sweeps Mount Olive to earn berth to NCAA Tournament

In its program’s second year, Erskine is heading to the NCAA Tournament.

Outside attacker Michael Michelau had a team-high four aces and 14 kills as Erskine defeated Mount Olive 25-20, 26-24, 27-25 in the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship match Wednesday in Due West, S.C., to earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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Bracketology: Who teams should root for in conference tournaments

The decision of what teams earn the two at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament could be greatly influenced by conference tournament matches not involving those teams or even their conference.

Of the all the pieces of criteria used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee the one with greatest fluidity is record against teams already qualified for the NCAA Tournament or under consideration for an at-large bid.

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NCAA Tournament Projections: Latest college men’s volleyball bracketology

The postseason has arrived in full force and there is still isn’t a lot of separation between the teams making the NCAA Tournament and the teams on the bubble.

Off the Block each week during the rest of the regular season and throughout each round of the postseason will unveil its latest projections to the NCAA Tournament.

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NCAA Tournament Projections: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria

The postseason is here, but there is still a lot left to be decided in the race for the at-large bids and seeding for the NCAA Tournament.

Off the Block has crunched the numbers using the same criteria as the selection committee to show how the top teams in the nation fare against each other in the race for the two at-large bids and NCAA Tournament seeding. Continue reading

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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