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 a Midwest thing tonight in college men’s volleyball.

Three matches involving top 10 nationally ranked teams will be played in the Midwest, including No. 9 Ohio State playing host to No. 4 Stanford. In addition, No. 6 Lewis will look to move into the top five of the national rankings next week if it can beat George Mason tonight.

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Top 5 men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Marquee matches between top 10 nationally ranked teams are throughout the nation — and not just contained to the West Coast — tonight.

No. 3 UC Irvine playing host to No. 5 USC in MPSF action highlights the late-night matches, while in the Midwest No. 4 Stanford and No. 7 Penn State will meet in the Dunlap Invitational.

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Longtime Ohio State volleyball information director Koehl passes away

A national-award winning volleyball communications specialist from Ohio State passed away Thursday

The Ohio State athletics department announced Thursday afternoon that longtime Buckeyes’ men’s and women’s volleyball sports information director D.C. Koehl, 61, died due to complications of a fall he had in late November.

Koehl, a 1973 Ohio State graduate, was in his 39th year with the Buckeyes athletics department. He also in 2010 became the first sports information director to win the E. Douglas Boyden Media Reognition Award from USA Volleyball, which is given annually to a media member who contributes to the growth of volleyball.

“D.C. was one of the most dedicated and well-respected individuals in this athletics department,” Chris Schneider, MIVA commissioner and Ohio State associated athletics director, said in a statement released Thursday. “Not only did he provide great support to the coaches and student-athletes here at Ohio State, but he worked tirelessly for the sport of volleyball and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. We have all lost a dear friend today.”

Along with working at Ohio State, Koehl was the sports information director for the MIVA. Koehl during his tenure with the conference helped the MIVA expand its historical online databases and oversaw a website redesign.

Koehl was also part of the support staff for Ohio State last season as the Buckeyes became the first Midwest team to legally win a men’s volleyball NCAA championship.

“I am so thankful that D.C. had the opportunity to be with us in State College this past May to witness our finest hour as a program,” coach Pete Hanson said in a statement released Thursday. “I really feel like he probably was out there playing every moment on the court with our kids. Though he would probably never show outwardly how much he enjoyed that night, I believe that deep down it might have been one of his best Ohio State moments. Those thoughts make me very happy for D.C.

“He will be missed greatly for his professionalism and support. I have never met a finer Buckeye. He truly was a dear friend and colleague,” Hanson said.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Koehl had a strong interest in statistics and became one of the top statistians in Ohio State history. A Ohio State basketball media guide in the 1980s even stated that Koehl “has devised a system of storing historical athletic information in a computer.”

Koehle was also a 37-year member of the College Sports Information Directors of American and was honored with a 25-year award by the organization in 1999.

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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