The Bias Factor: Latest MPSF power rankings

There are the conference standings, and than there are the conference power rankings to help show what teams are on the rise or fading.

Off the Block special contributor Jonathan Bates released his latest MPSF Power Rankings, a new weekly that will appear on Off the Block each Tuesday during the rest of the regular season. Continue reading

Bracketology: Team comparisons using NCAA selection committee criteria

With about a month until Selection Saturday, the bracketology season is officially upon us.

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

Penn State, USC outside attackers named Co-National Freshman of Week

Two freshmen will earn a share of a national award after helping lead their teams to victories against top-10 nationally ranked teams during the weekend.

Off the Block announced Monday that Penn State outside attacker Jalen Penrose and USC outside attacker Larry Tuileta were selected as the Off the Block Co-National Freshman of the Week. Continue reading

Video: Taylor, Kalmbach power No. 4 Pepperdine past No. 6 BYU

Outside attacker Josh Taylor and opposite Parker Kalmbach each had a match-high 24 kills as No. 4 Pepperdine defeated No. 6 BYU 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 27-25 on Saturday.

The Waves out-hit the Cougars .407 to .333 to complete the two-match series sweep. It was also second consecutive match that Pepperdine finished with more than a .400 attack percentage against BYU, which entered the weekend holding opponents to a second-best in the conference .201 attack percentage. Continue reading