EuroVolley qualifier matches to follow today

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The qualifier for the 2021 EuroVolley begins today with multiple NCAA men’s volleyball competing in the event.

The top team from this four-team pool following round-robin play will earn a berth to the EuroVolley that will take place in the summer of 2021.

Check out all the round-robin matches to follow today and how to follow the matches live. Continue reading “EuroVolley qualifier matches to follow today”

Carthage men’s volleyball issues statement on protests in Kenosha

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[Editor’s note: Off the Block earlier this week contacted Carthage men’s volleyball coach JW Kieckhefer to provide an opportunity for his team to issue a statement regarding the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake and subsequent protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Carthage is a college located in Kenosha and its men’s volleyball team 14 times has ended the season ranked in the top 10 of the Division III national coaches poll. Below is the statement from Kieckhefer in its entirety.] Continue reading “Carthage men’s volleyball issues statement on protests in Kenosha”

Reflections: What I miss about volleyball

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Off the Block Senior Contributor Brandon Johnson took to pen and paper and reflected on what he misses most about volleyball not being played during the coronavirus pandemic.

For the last 17 years, volleyball has been my life. I have spent the majority of that time coaching all kinds of levels, all over the place. In the last couple of years, I have been a part of the Off the Block team, working hard to help grow the sport of collegiate men’s volleyball. Continue reading “Reflections: What I miss about volleyball”

NCAA restricts schools penalizing volleyball players for not playing during pandemic

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College men’s volleyball players will have additional protections amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors voted Friday to approve a series of recommendations restricting schools from requiring student-athletes to give up certain legal rights or financially penalizing them for not playing. Continue reading “NCAA restricts schools penalizing volleyball players for not playing during pandemic”

New program Fort Valley State hires Wrather to be head coach

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A former All-MIVA outside attacker and Charleston assistant coach will be the inaugural head coach for men’s volleyball program at a historically black university.

Fort Valley State announced Monday that it hired Larry Wrather to take over the new NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team along with the women’s volleyball team. Continue reading “New program Fort Valley State hires Wrather to be head coach”