Audio: Penn State coach Pavlik previews EIVA Tournament finals

Despite all the injuries and having a starting lineup primarily of underclassmen, Penn State is one win away from a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Penn State will play the conference’s regular season champions Princeton in the EIVA Tournament finals at 7 p.m. in Princeton, New Jersey. Check out Off the Block’s prematch interview with coach Mark Pavlik. Continue reading “Audio: Penn State coach Pavlik previews EIVA Tournament finals”

Video: No. 5/5 UCLA sweeps No. 14 Concordia-Irvine to keep MPSF title hopes alive

No. 5/5 UCLA out-hit No. 14 Concordia-Irvine, .322 to .110 en route to a sweep on Thursday night in Westwood.

The Bruins also used five blocks in the second game to out-block the Eagles 8 to 5 on the night. UCLA middle attacker Grant Maleski had three of the Bruins’ six aces, while Opposite Daenen Gyimah had a match-high 14 kills.

Watch the highlights of this match as recorded by associate editor Jonathan Bates.

Video: UCLA middle reacts to senior night win over No. 14 Concordia-Irvine

No. 5/5 UCLA swept No. 14 Concordia-Irvine on Thursday night in Westwood to keep its slim chances at a No. 1 seed in the MPSF Tournament alive.

The Bruins started off slow, but took control in the middle of the first game thanks to a 7-0 run with middle attacker Grant Maleski serving. Maleski also had a 6-0 run in the second game, and ended with a season-high three aces.

Watch associate editor Jonathan Bates’ interview with Maleski as he talks about the Bruins’ four graduating seniors and UCLA’s win over Concordia-Irvine.

Video: Grand Canyon freshman provides health update after suffering medical emergency

Grand Canyon outside attacker Camden Gianni months after undergoing heart surgery is hoping to return the to a volleyball court if he passes all his medical evaluations in the upcoming months.

Gianni said in an interview with Off the Block senior contributor Brandon Johnson on Sunday that he will have stress tests in April and July that will determine when he can begin playing volleyball again. Continue reading “Video: Grand Canyon freshman provides health update after suffering medical emergency”

Concordia-Irvine outside attackers react to upset of No. 10/10 BYU

Concordia-Irvine outside attackers Raymond Barsemian and Jordan Hoppe combined for 43 kills in a come-from-behind victory over No. 10/10 BYU on Thursday.

The Eagles attacked at a .444 clip in the last two games. However, BYU out-blocked Concordia-Irvine, 14 to 1.5, and opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez had a season-best 31 kills.

Check out special correspondent Rae Loverde’s post-match interview with Barsemian and Hoppe as they react to the upset victory.