The top 5 men’s volleyball stories of the week

It’s your top five men’s volleyball story list, but with a twist.

Every Sunday during the men’s volleyball season Off the Block will post the top five best men’s volleyball stories of the week from around the nation. The list, though, is based more on how well the reporter wrote and covered the story rather than just what happened on the court.
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Top 5 men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s the midway mark of the regular season and several teams are looking to make statement victories tonight.

No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 UC Irvine will play each other in a match that could have ramifications at the end of the season when the selection committee determines the Final Four field. In addition, No. 6 Penn State after a perfect February looks to get a signature victory against its Big Ten brother No. 9 Ohio State.

Check out the top five men’s volleyball matches to follow this weekend.
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Top 5 men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s the start of the second half of the season, and it’s a must-win day for several teams with the conference tournaments looming.

No. 6 BYU will look to stay in the top four of the MPSF standings as it plays host to No. 9 Pepperdine. In addition, Hawai’i will attempt to stay in contention for a spot in the conference tournament as it travels to play No. 5 USC.

Check out the top five men’s volleyball matches from around the nation to follow tonight.
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Princeton outside Kessel wins Fan Choice Player of the Month

Princeton outside attacker Cody Kessel received a record number of votes to win the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Month for February.

Kessel received 42.72 percent of the total vote to beat runner-up BYU middle attacker Russell Lavaja by 42 votes out of more than 2,000 votes cast for this national college men’s volleyball award.
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My men’s volleyball media poll ballot

It didn’t take UCLA long to reclaim the top spot in the national rankings.

The Bruins received all but one first-place vote and following a one-week abscence moved back to No. 1 in the new national media poll released Tuesday.

Check out this week’s top 10 men’s volleyball media poll and my ballot with explanations on why I ranked each team where I did.
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