VIDEO: Q&A with USC coach Bill Ferguson

No. 6 USC one week after playing two matches against No. 1 BYU will continue its road trip against highly nationally ranked teams.

USC will travel to play No. 3 UC Irvine on Friday before playing UC San Diego on Saturday to close-out a four-match road trip. The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 MPSF) lost both matches to the Cougars last week, while the Anteaters defeated the Tritons during the weekend to snap a two-match losing streak.

Check out this video interview with USC coach Bill Ferguson as he discusses his team’s play last week and preparing for UC Irvine.
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My men’s volleyball media poll ballot

For the first time this season there is no new No. 1 in the weekly top 10 media poll.

BYU stays at No. 1 — receiving all but one first-place vote — for the second straight week following its two-match sweep against No. 5 USC. In addition, Lewis had one of the biggest jump in the new poll that was released Tuesday, moving up one spots to No. 6.

Check out this week’s top 10 men’s volleyball media poll and my ballot with explanations on why ranked each team where I did.
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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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VIDEO: Petty brothers lead No. 7 Lewis to upset No. 5 Penn State

The Petty brother combination at outside attacker came up big for Lewis in one of the team’s biggest home matches of the season.

Freshman Greg Petty had a team-high 14 kills and junior Jay Petty had 13 kills as No. 7 Lewis upset No. 5 Penn State 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 25-20 on Saturday in Romeoville, Ill.

The Flyers (4-2, 0-0 MIVA) playing in its home opener out-hit the Nittany Lions (2-1, 0-0 EIVA) .429 to .213. Lewis also had more than a .400 attack percentage in the final three games, including hitting .524 in the third game.
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Top 5 men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Just consider tonight’s top matches the sequel to Friday.

No. 1 BYU and No. 6 USC headline the night as they conclude their two-match series after the Cougars won the opening match in four games. In addition, No. 5 Penn State continues its Midwest road trip as plays No. 7 Lewis tonight.

Check out the top five men’s volleyball matches from around the nation to follow tonight.
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