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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Pepperdine to open season on road vs. new program North Greenville

No one will accuse North Greenville coach Fred Battenfield of creating an easy start to the season for his first-year program.

North Greenville announced Wednesday that it will open its inaugural season with back-to-back non-conference matches against the NCAA championship contenders Pepperdine.

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USC coach elated to have Christenson back for senior season

When USC’s season ended in April, coach Bill Ferguson admittedly was not completely sure if his All-American setter Micah Christenson would come back for his senior season.

Ferguson said in a recent interview with Off the Block that before Christenson opted to return to USC, the two had several discussions during the off-season about the chances of the setter foregoing his final college season to play professionally overseas.

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Cal State Northridge, George Mason agree to non-conference match in 2015

For the first time in almost a decade, George Mason and Cal State Northridge will meet in a non-conference match during the upcoming season.

Cal State Northridge as part of unveiling its regular season schedule earlier this week announced that it will play host to George Mason on Jan. 13 in the first meeting between the two teams since 2005.
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