Hawai’i lands biggest early signing recruiting class in nation

Three players who helped the United States qualify for the upcoming FIVB Youth World Championship are among the latest recruits to commit to Hawai’i.

Hawai’i announced Friday that six high school seniors have all signed national letters of intent to join the Rainbow Warriors beginning in the 2016 season.
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Stanford signs three highly touted outside attackers

A member of the U.S. Boys Youth National Team who received an award at a recent international tournament will be among new players joining Stanford for the 2016 season.

Stanford announced Thursday that high school senior outside attackers Jordan Ewert, Matt Klassen and Ryan Smith all signed national letters of intent with the Cardinal.

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Bracketology: Top 5 MPSF teams’ non-conference schedules for 2015

The season is still about two months away but several MPSF teams already have an advantage over other conference opponents in the race for a spot in the NCAA Tournament because of their non-conference schedules.

Off the Block using the same criteria as the NCAA Tournament selection committee analyzed non-conference schedules of MPSF teams that have released their complete 2015 schedules to determine what teams could have an advantage come Selection Saturday.

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Q&A with Pepperdine coach Dunphy on 2015 season, non-conference scheduling

Hall of Fame coach Marv Dunphy isn’t putting any value in preseason expectations — even if they are high for his Pepperdine team.

Dunphy said in a recent interview with Off the Block that he is more focused on replacing player from last year’s Co-MPSF regular season championship team than preseason discussions about the possibility of Pepperdine winning the NCAA title.

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St. Francis to open 2015 season on road vs. UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara and St. Francis will both open the upcoming season with a first in their programs’ histories.

St. Francis as part of recently unveiling its 2015 regular season schedule announced it will play its season-opener on the road against UC Santa Barbara in the first meeting between the two teams.
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