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.
The home opener for Pepperdine next season will be versus an EIVA team that reached the postseason last year.
Pepperdine as part of unveiling its 2015 schedule recently announced that it will play a two-match non-conference series against George Mason on Jan. 9-11.
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.
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.
USC is in a position to make run at the NCAA championship this upcoming season and coach Bill Feeguson knows it.
Feeguson in a recent interview with Off the Block said the Trojans have embraced the high preseason expectations surrounding the team.
The two former NAIA national powerhouses that recently moved to NCAA Division I-II will meet in a non-conference match during the upcoming season.
Cal Baptist as part of unveiling its 2015 scheduled announced Wednesday that it will play host to Lindenwood in March.
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.
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.
Coach David Kniffin created a non-conference schedule that could give UC Irvine a significant advantage come Selection Saturday.
UC Irvine announced Monday that it will compete in seven non-conference matches during the upcoming season — the most of any MPSF team that so far has released its 2015 schedule.
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.