Q&A with UC Irvine men’s volleyball coach David Kniffin

It’s an extremely quiet preseason for a two-time defending NCAA champion, but that’s just the way UC Irvine prefers it this fall.

UC Irvine coach David Kniffin said Tuesday in an interview with Off the Block that he opted to scale back his team’s preseason schedule to give his players more rest following their postseason run last season.

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Q&A with USC men’s volleyball coach Bill Ferguson

There is plenty of optimism for the USC players and coaches this preseason — and for good reason after struggling last year.

USC coach Bill Ferguson in an interview with Off the Block earlier this week called first half of his team’s preseason the best start to a training camp since he became the Trojans head coach. In addition, USC despite last season not qualifying for the MPSF Tournament for the first since 2006 returns a majority starters, and several players who missed most of the 2013 season because of injury are now returning to the court healthy.
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USC coach: No issue if Christenson plays for U.S. in Grand Champions Cup

USC coach Bill Ferguson is not only fine if his All-American setter Micah Christenson has to leave the team during the preseason to play with the U.S. Men’s National Team, he is encouraging it.

Ferguson said in an interview with Off the Block on Tuesday that he hopes Christenson is selected to the U.S. roster for the upcoming FIVB World Grand Champions Cup because of the long-term benefits it would have for the setter and his team.

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Loyola participates in Movember to raise money for cancer research

Loyola players and coaches will have a little more facial hair this month in an effort raise money for cancer research.

The Loyola athletics department announced during the weekend that the Ramblers men’s volleyball team will spearhead the school’s Movember team, which will grow mustaches to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer research.

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Finalists selected to host men’s volleyball NCAA Tournaments in 2015-18

After more than a dozen of bids were sumbitted, it’s now down to seven finalists to host the men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament in the upcoming years.

The NCAA announced Wednesday afternoon that BYU, UCLA, IPFW, Ohio State, Penn State, USC and Stanford were all selected as finalists to play host to a NCAA Tournament between 2015 to 2018.

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