Audio: Concordia-Irvine coach discusses upsetting No. 5/5 UC Irvine

Outside attacker Jordan Hoppe had both a match-high 13 kills and three aces to help Concordia-Irvine upset No. 5/5 UC Irvine 25-23, 25-19, 25-21 on Wednesday in Irvine, California.

Hoppe was one of three Eagles with double-digit kills as the team extended its winning streak to five matches and earned its first all-time win against UC Irvine. In addition, setter Chandler Gibb had 39 assists and guided the offense to out-hit UC Irvine .355 to .125. Continue reading “Audio: Concordia-Irvine coach discusses upsetting No. 5/5 UC Irvine”

Grand Canyon setter named National Freshman of the Week

Photo courtesy of Katie Severns and Grand Canyon athletics

A redshirt freshman who came off the bench and led Grand Canyon to back-to-back upsets is earning a national award for the first time in his college career.

Off the Block announced Monday that Grand Canyon setter Tanner Petchul was selected as the Off the Block National Freshman of the Week. Continue reading “Grand Canyon setter named National Freshman of the Week”

Video highlights: USC beats Penn State #CincoSets

No. 11 USC needed five games to pull out a victory in the second match of the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge on Friday.

The Trojans out-hit the Nittany Lions .377 to .256 and were led by opposite Ryan Moss’s season-best 23 kills (on a .513 attack percentage). Penn State was paced by Brett Wildman’s 16 kills from off the bench.

Check out to the highlights of this #CincoSets non-conference match

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Off the Block releases new college men’s volleyball national media poll

Photo courtesy of Hawai’i athletics

There is no longer a unanimous consensus about who is the best college men’s volleyball team in the nation.

Long Beach State remained at No. 1 but No. 2 Hawai’i received two of the 14 first-places in the new Off the Block National Media Poll that was released on Tuesday. Continue reading “Off the Block releases new college men’s volleyball national media poll”