Top 5 storylines to follow during the men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament

One day away from the start of the men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament and the excitement level continues to build.

The four-team NCAA Tournament at UCLA’s historic Pauley Pavilion begins with the two semifinal matches Thursday. The No. 2 seed UC Irvine plays the No. 3 seed Loyola at 6 p.m. (PST) to open the tournament, while the No. 1 seed BYU plays the No. 4 seed Penn State at 8 p.m. (PST).

Check out the top five storylines to follow throughout the upcoming NCAA Tournament
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Off the Block launches new NCAA Tournament MVP Twitter Challenge

Tweet who you think will be named the most valuable player of the men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament for a chance to win a prize-pack from Springbak, Inc.

The Off the Block NCAA Tournament MVP Twitter Challenge is a new social media contests asking individuals to predict on Twitter before the start of the NCAA Tournament what player will be selected as the most valuable player.
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Q&A with Loyola men’s volleyball coach Shane Davis

Coach Shane Davis and his Loyola team may be in unfamiliar territory making its first NCAA Tournament appearance, but the Ramblers could not be more ready for the opportunity.

Loyola after winning its first MIVA Tournament championship in program history during the weekend qualified for the four-team NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed and will play the No. 2 seed UC Irvine in the semifinals on Thursday in Los Angeles.

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Q&A with BYU men’s volleyball coach Chris McGown

For the first time since 2004, BYU is in the men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament after winning its conference championship during the weekend.

BYU under second-year head coach Chris McGown earned the No. 1 overall seed in the four-team NCAA Tournament and will play the No. 4 seed Penn State in the semifinals on Thursday in Los Angeles.
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USA Volleyball releases initial roster for 2013 Junior World Championship

Twenty-two current college players will have a chance to represent the United States at two of the top international tournaments this summer.

USA Volleyball on Tuesday afternoon unveiled its training team roster for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Junior World Championship and the Under-21 Pan American Cup.
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NCAA Tournament brackets now open for postseason bracket challenge

The field is set for the NCAA Tournament and now its time to fill out a bracket for a chance to win an official NCAA Tournament volleyball from Molten USA.

The annual Off the Block NCAA Men’s Volleyball Postseason Bracket Challenge gives fans the opportunity to predict who will win matches in the four-team NCAA Tournament, along with the three conference tournaments.
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Video: Reaction, analysis to men’s volleyball Selection Sunday

The men’s volleyball selection committee unveiled the four-team NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon — leaving some people surprised with the seeding and at-large selection.

Check out this video breakdown as Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes discusses the tournament field and what factors likely led to some the committee’s decisions. Continue reading “Video: Reaction, analysis to men’s volleyball Selection Sunday”

UC Irvine earns lone at-large bid as NCAA Tournament unveiled

The defending national champions UC Irvine will now have a chance to defend its title in the NCAA Tournament.

The men’s volleyball NCAA selection committee announced Sunday afternoon that the Anteaters will receive the only at-large bid as it unveiled the four-team bracket for the Division I-II national championships.

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