The United States could not get past the pool-play champions Russia and saw its hopes of winning the Youth World Championships come to a quick end.
Russia out-blocked the United States 10-5 as it swept the United States 25-18, 25-16, 25-19 in the Round of 16 at the FIVB Boys’ U-19 World Championship on Wednesday in Mexico.
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For the first time in three years, Penn State and Long Beach State will play each other in non-conference play.
Nittany Lions coach Mark Pavlik said in a recent interview with Off the Block that Penn State will travel to play Long Beach State as part of the annual Active Ankle Tournament during the 2014 season.
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Twelve current college men’s volleyball players will represent the United Sates at two international tournaments later this summer.
USA Volleyball announced earlier this week its final roster for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that will compete at the FIVB Junior Men’s World Championship and the U-21 Pan American Cup.
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A nationwide voting committee comprised entirely of college men’s volleyball players selected Long Beach State outside attacker Taylor Crabb as the 2013 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Players’ Choice National Player of the Year.
The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Players’ Choice National Player of the Year is a new award presented to the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player with the nation’s best individual performance during the most recent season.
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The pairings for the inaugural NCAA men’s volleyball play-in match in 2014 is set.
NCAA committee member Ron Shayka confirmed to Off the Block via email Monday that the 2014 conference champions from the EIVA and Conference Carolinas will play each other for the final spot in the four-team NCAA Tournament.
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Readers can begin to purchase “The Volleyball Debate,” the newest ebook written by Off the Block editor and national award winning college men’s volleyball reporter Vinnie Lopes.
“The Volleyball Debate” focuses on the Ball State University men’s volleyball team and Hall of Fame coach Don Shondell overcame opposition from school officials in the 1960s to emerge as one of the first varsity college volleyball teams in the nation.
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A new book will be released next week examining the controversial start to the Ball State University men’s volleyball team in the 1960s.
“The Volleyball Debate” focuses on how the Hall of Fame coach Don Shondell and his players almost 50 years ago overcame opposition from school officials to become one of the first varsity college volleyball teams in the nation.
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Coach John Speraw didn’t miss a beat in his first year recruiting as the head coach of UCLA.
The Bruins had eight incoming freshmen recruits selected to the Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list — the most selections for a team in six years.
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For the second consecutive year, no college men’s volleyball teams will receive NCAA sanctions for poor academic performance.
All but two NCAA Division I men’s volleyball teams scored at least a 950 out of a possible 1,000 points on the latest Academic Progress Rate that the NCAA released Tuesday.
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College men’s volleyball players can now submit their vote for a new national award recognizing the nation’s best individual performance.
Off the Block announced Tuesday that it will present the inaugural Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Players’ Choice National Player of the Year. The award will honor the top NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player from the most recent season and will be solely determined through voting by current college men’s volleyball.
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