MPSF announces 2014 Player of Year, all-conference teams

For the fourth time in the conference’s history, a player has won multiple MPSF Player of the Year honors during his college career.

The MPSF announced Thursday that BYU All-American outside attacker Taylor Sander was selected as the conference’s player of the year for the second consecutive season.

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Finalists announced for Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year

A nationwide voting committee selected UCLA outside attacker Gonzalo Quiroga, Penn State outside attacker Aaron Russell, BYU outside attacker Taylor Sander and Loyola outside attacker Joseph Smalzer as finalists for the 2014 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year recognizes the top individual serving performance from a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player during the regular season. Continue reading

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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Video: Pepperdine senior discusses team’s success entering MPSF Tournament

No. 3 Pepperdine is not only entering the conference tournament as the Co-MPSF regular season champions, but has a chance to earn its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in six years.

Check out Off the Block special contributor Johanthan Bates’ interview with Pepperdine outside attacker Kyle Gerrans following the team’s home victory against Hawai’i in the regular-season finale Saturday.

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Three finalists announced for inaugural Lloy Ball Award

A nationwide voting committee selected USC setter Micah Christenson, Stanford setter James Shaw and Pepperdine setter Matt West as finalists for the inaugural Lloy Ball Award.

The Lloy Ball Award is given to the nation’s best setter in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season.

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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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Video: Cal Baptist coach discusses challenges of rebuilding year

Cal Baptist coach Wes Schneider knew this would be a challenging season but he could have never of imagined it would be this difficult.

Check out Off the Block special contributor Jonathan Bates’ interview with Schneider following his team’s loss to No. 9 UCLA on Thursday as the coach discusses his team having to overcome everything from injuries to the NCAA Division II transition and the reason for his optimistic outlook at the 2015 season. Continue reading