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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Top 5 college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Two days remain in the regular season for the MPSF and MIVA and there is still a whole lot left to be decided.

No. 4 Pepperdine versus No. 10 Hawai’i highlight the matches tonight as both teams are in need of a victory to improve their playoff position. In addition out in the Midwest, No. 1 Loyola plays Ohio State with a chance to accomplish something not done in the last 35 years.

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Off the Block launches $50 perfect college men’s volleyball bracket challenge

A $50 Starbucks gift card is up for grabs for a fan who can fill out the perfect college men’s volleyball postseason bracket.

Off the Block announced Tuesday that it will reward the gift card to the participant of its annual bracket challenge who can successfully predict every match result from the four conference tournaments and the six-team NCAA Tournament.

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Top 5 college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The postseason is getting even closer and several matches tonight will go a long way to determine the conference tournament seeding.

No. 10 Hawai’i will try to pull off the upset and move a step closer to reaching the postseason as it plays host No. 2 BYU. In addition, Penn State and Harvard will meet with first place in the EIVA on the line.
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Q&A with NCAA Tournament selection committee chairman Ron Shayka

Chairman Ron Shayka is the first to admit his fellow selection committee members and him face unprecedented challenges in the sport’s history for the upcoming men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament.

With a new postseason format, Shayka said in an interview with Off the Block earlier this week that the committee is having to figure out everything from difficult team travel logistics to awarding at-large bids in tight and large field of bubble teams.
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NCAA Tournament Projections: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria

So much for the amount teams on the at-large bubble shrinking with less than a month before Selection Sunday.

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

Loyola sweeps IPFW to lock-up No. 1 seed for MIVA Tournament

No. 1 Loyola in convincing fashion clinched a share of the MIVA regular season title and the No. 1 seed for the upcoming conference tournament.

Loyola finished with more than a .400 attack percentage as it swept IPFW 25-20, 25-13, 25-22 on Saturday in Fort Wayne, Ind., to earn the top seed in the MIVA Tournament for the first time in eight years.

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