EIVA to reduce conference tournament to 4 teams starting next season

The EIVA Tournament will be more difficult for teams to make starting in 2012.

The EIVA voted at its annual league meeting to reduce its conference tournament from seven to four teams next season.

“This puts an emphasis on the regular season,” Penn State coach Mark Pavlik said. “You got to be at your best through the EIVA regular season schedule to be in the top four and hopefully that creates competition among the eight teams.”
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Ohio State’s Hanson named 2011 AVCA National Coach of the Year

Add another national award for Ohio State this season.

Ohio State coach Pete Hanson was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Men’s National Coach of the Year on Wednesday after leading the Buckeyes to their first NCAA championship in program history.

Ohio State defeated UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA championship match to become the first MIVA team to legally win a national title since volleyball became an NCAA sanctioned sport in 1970. The 28-year head coach also guided the Buckeyes to their fourth consecutive conference championship — the first time a program has won four consecutive MIVA titles since Ball State in the 1960s.
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NCAA penalizes Rutgers-Newark with scholarship reduction for low APR score

For the second conseuctive seaosn, Rutgers-Newark will lose almost half a scholarship because of its Academic Progress Rate score.

The Scarlet Raiders were penalized a 0.43 scholarship reduction after scoring a 892 out of a possible 1,000 points in the annual APR report that the NCAA released Tuesday.

The APR measures a team’s academic scholastic performance during a four-year period based on the retention and eligibility of each athlete on scholarship. Teams with less than 925 score have the potential to receive NCAA penalties ranging from losing scholarships to a reduction in practice time.
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Loyola’s Bunting wins 2011 Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year award

Loyola outside attacker Mike Bunting is the inaugural winner of the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.

Bunting defeated UC Irvine outside attacker Cory Yoder on Monday in the championship match of the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year tournament, a competition that lets the fans determine the winner through online voting.

More than 1,000 votes were cast in the championship match with Bunting receiving 63.9 percent of the vote to beat Yoder 818-463.
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Off the Fan Choice Player of the Year: Championship match

Fans nationwide will get to decide Monday if UC Irvine outside attacker Cory Yoder or Loyola outside attacker Mike Bunting will be the 2011 Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.

Yoder and Bunting advanced in the championship match of the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year tournament, a competition that lets the fans determine the winner through online voting.

The online voting for the national championship match will end at 11:59 p.m. (EST) Monday.

The Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year is a six-round 64-player bracket tournament pitting some of best Division I-II men’s volleyball players in head-to-head matchups. The player who received the most online votes in their match advanced to the next round.

Check out the championship match ballot below and vote for the player who you think should win.
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Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: National Semifinals

Off the Block created the bracket and seeded 64 of the best Division I-II men’s volleyball players. Now it’s up to you determine who should be the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.

After the first four rounds, four players remain in the only national player of the year award tournament that is completely determined by the fans.

The online voting for the two Final Four matches will end at 11 p.m. Saturday. The winners will advance to the championship on Monday.

Check out the semifinal matches online ballots below and vote for the players who you think should move to the next round.
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Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Regional Finals

Off the Block created the bracket and seeded 64 of the best Division I-II men’s volleyball players. Now it’s up to you determine who should be the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.

After the first three rounds, eight players remain in the only national player of the year award that is completely determined by the fans.

The online voting for the eight second-round matches will end at 11 p.m. Saturday. The winners will advance to the Final Four on Sunday.

Check out the regional finals matches online ballots below and vote for the players who you think should move to the next round.
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Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Round 3

Off the Block created the bracket and seeded 64 of the best Division I-II men’s volleyball players. Now it’s up to you determine who should be the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.

After the first and second round, 16 players remain in the only national player of the year award that is completely determined by the fans.

The online voting for the eight second-round matches will end at 11 p.m. Friday. The winners will advance to the regional finals Saturday.

Check out the third-round online ballots below and vote for the players who you think should move to the next round.
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Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Round 2

Off the Block created the bracket and seeded 64 of the best college men’s volleyball players. Now it’s up to you determine who should be the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.

After the first round, 32 players remain in the only national player of the year award that is completely determined by the fans.

The online voting for the 16 second-round matches will end at 11 p.m. Thursday. The winners will advance to the third round Friday.

Check out the second-round online ballots below and vote for the players who you think should move to the next round.

[Editor’s note: The poll results for the second round matches Murphy Troy vs. Joshua Walker and Joe Sander vs. Jay Petty are not appearing for some people when viewing this page. Walker defeated Troy 147-132 and Sander defeated Petty 144-37.]

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Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Round 1

Off the Block created the bracket and seeded 64 of the best college men’s volleyball players. Now it’s up to you determine who should be the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.

The Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year tournament is the only contest that allows the fans to completely determine who should be the national player of the year.

The online voting for the 32 first-round matches will end at 11 p.m. Wednesday. The winners will advance to the second round Thursday.

Check out the first-round online ballots below and vote for the players who you think should move to the next round.

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