Q&A with NCAA Tourney selection committee chairman Brian Santiago

It’s one of the busiest times of the year for men’s volleyball NCAA committee members as the conference tournaments are in full swing and Selection Sunday is less than a week away.

Off the Block conducted an interview before the conference tournaments started with Brian Santiago, the chairman of the three-person committee that will decide the NCAA Tournament field. Santiago is in his fourth year on the committee and along with being a committee member is an associate athletics director at BYU.
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UCSB middle Davis named Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year

A nationwide voting committee has selected UC Santa Barbara middle attacker Dylan Davis as the recipient of the 2013 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year is annually awarded to the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player with the best front-row defensive performance during the regular season.
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EIVA Tournament brackets now open for postseason bracket challenge

The EIVA Tournament portion of the bracket challenge is open for volleyball fans to fill out for a chance to win an official NCAA Tournament volleyball from Molten USA.

The annual Off the Block NCAA Men’s Volleyball Postseason Bracket Challenge gives fans the opportunity to predict who will win matches in the upcoming MPSF, MIVA and EIVA conference tournaments and the four-team NCAA Tournament.
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Ball State may have case to get at-large bid to NCAA Tournament

If Ball State can’t win the MIVA Tournament, it may have a case to earn the lone at-large bid to the men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament.

An inside look at the criteria used by the NCAA selection committee shows that No. 10 Ball State leads No. 2 UC Irvine and No. 3 Long Beach State in the majority of criteria categories that determine what team receives the at-large bid.
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Loyola outside Smazler named Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year

A nationwide voting committee has selected Loyola outside attacker Joseph Smalzer as the inaugural recipient of the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year recognizes the top individual serving performance from a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player during the regular season.
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Initial look at the conference tournament semifinal matches

The conference tournament quarterfinals are over and only 12 teams left in the nation control their own fate to reach the four-team NCAA Tournament.

The conference tournament will continue for the EIVA, MIVA and MPSF this week with semifinal matches. Here is the initial look and the historical information to know about every conference tournament semifinal match.
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Deeper look at men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament selection criteria

All the conference tournament quarterfinal matches are finished, and after the results no one should envy the job the NCAA men’s volleyball selection has to determine the at-large bid and Final Four field.

Below is the entry from the 2013 NCAA men’s volleyball championship handbook on how the three-person volleyball selection committee determines the at-large team and seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
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Conference tournament men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The men’s volleyball conference tournament brackets are all set — now let the April Madness ensue.

The conference tournament quarterfinals matches begin this weekend in the MIVA and MPSF as teams battle to make the four-team NCAA Tournament field. UCLA and Pepperdine highlight tonight’s matches with both teams looking to end postseason droughts, while out in the Midwest, Ball State and IPFW renew an in-state rivalry but this time in the conference tournament.

Check out the conference tournament matches and top regular season matches from around the nation to follow tonight.

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