Stanford taps into USA Volleyball pipeline for newest recruiting class

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The USA Volleyball pipeline is running through Northern California with this latest recruiting class.

Stanford coach John Kosty announced Friday that five high school seniors with experience in the USA Volleyball system have all signed national letters intent to join the Cardinal for the 2020 season. Continue reading “Stanford taps into USA Volleyball pipeline for newest recruiting class”

Video: UCLA, USC earn wins at preseason tournament

One of the nation’s largest annual preseason college men’s volleyball event produced multiple wins for UCLA and the host school USC.

Watch the video highlights filmed by Off the Block associate editor Jonathan Bates of UCLA’s wins against USC and Pepperdine, along with USC’s win versus UC San Diego at the USC Fall Tournament on Saturday. Continue reading “Video: UCLA, USC earn wins at preseason tournament”

Pepperdine outside Wieczorek named National Player of Offseason

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Pepperdine All-American outside attacker David Wieczorek served his way to a college men’s volleyball national award this offseason.

Wieczorek was selected on Saturday as the 2018 Off the Block National Player of the Offseason after winning the Best Server award at the Pan American Cup in the summer. Continue reading “Pepperdine outside Wieczorek named National Player of Offseason”

Finalists unveiled for 2018 National Player of Offseason

One question remains after months of outstanding individual performances at international tournaments — what college men’s volleyball player was the best of this offseason.

Off the Block on Wednesday announced the 10 finalists for the annual Off the Block National Player of the Offseason, and it is now up to the fans to determine the winner. Continue reading “Finalists unveiled for 2018 National Player of Offseason”

Penn State schedules huge non-conference home match vs. BYU

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[Editor’s note: Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA is presenting The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches. This list spotlights the best non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams in 2019 and will be the first time several of these matches have been publicly announced. Penn State versus BYU is ranked No. 1 on the list.]

No travel will be required for Penn State to play a marquee non-conference match in the upcoming season. Continue reading “Penn State schedules huge non-conference home match vs. BYU”

BYU schedules home non-conference match vs. Ball State for 2019

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One of the toughest road environments in college men’s volleyball awaits Ball State during the opening weeks of the upcoming season.

Ball State as part of releasing its 2019 schedule announced Tuesday that it will travel to Smith Fieldhouse for road non-conference against BYU on Jan. 12. Continue reading “BYU schedules home non-conference match vs. Ball State for 2019”