Quick-hits: What to know about MIVA teams for 2019 season

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[Editor’s note: Off the Block will preview each NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball conference leading up to the 2019 season opener on Dec. 30. This conference previews examines every team in the MIVA.]

The MIVA has all the makings this season for the most chaotic conference in college men’s volleyball.

Four teams received at least one first-place vote in the MIVA Preseason Poll that was released earlier this month. Continue reading “Quick-hits: What to know about MIVA teams for 2019 season”

Recap: What happened this college men’s volleyball offseason

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A lot has happened in college men’s volleyball since the NCAA Tournament in May.

With the 2019 regular season starting two weeks ago, it’s time to get caught up on the top news from the offseason. Check out the top 10 items to know heading in the 2019 season. Continue reading “Recap: What happened this college men’s volleyball offseason”

Ball State signs Wisconsin Player of Year, USA Volleyball award winner

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Two recruits who have earned some of the nation’s highest accolades in high school and club volleyball are headed to one of the most storied Midwest college men’s volleyball programs.

Ball State announced that high school seniors Wil McPhillips and Bryce Behrendt have committed to join the Cardinals beginning in the 2020 season. Continue reading “Ball State signs Wisconsin Player of Year, USA Volleyball award winner”

BYU schedules home non-conference match vs. Ball State for 2019

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One of the toughest road environments in college men’s volleyball awaits Ball State during the opening weeks of the upcoming season.

Ball State as part of releasing its 2019 schedule announced Tuesday that it will travel to Smith Fieldhouse for road non-conference against BYU on Jan. 12. Continue reading “BYU schedules home non-conference match vs. Ball State for 2019”

George Mason, Ball State to continue non-conference series in 2019

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[Editor’s note: Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA is presenting The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches. This list spotlights the best non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams in 2019 and will be the first time several of these matches have been publicly announced. Ball State versus George Mason is ranked No. 12 on the list.]

The defending EIVA regular season champions will face one of the top defensive teams in the nation last season. Continue reading “George Mason, Ball State to continue non-conference series in 2019”