Bring on BYU: St. Francis schedules huge home match for 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. St. Francis vs. BYU is ranked No. 6 on the list.]

One of the biggest non-conference home matches in St. Francis program history is set for the opening weeks of the 2019 season. Continue reading “Bring on BYU: St. Francis schedules huge home match for 2019”

BYU, Fort Wayne, Hawai’i, NJIT players compete in European League

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Four college men’s volleyball players are spending this summer competing in one of the most prestigious European international tournaments.

NJIT’s Alvaro Gimeno, BYU’s Miki Jauhianien, Fort Wayne’s Frederico Santos and Hawai’i’s Stijn van Tilburg are all on their nations’ rosters for the 2018 Golden European League. Continue reading “BYU, Fort Wayne, Hawai’i, NJIT players compete in European League”

Sideline Obersvations: Fearless UCLA freshman difference maker in star-studded VolleyFour win

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Brandon Johnson | Off the Block special contributor

After splitting the first two games of its VolleyFour match on Thursday, BYU and UCLA found themselves tied at 23 in the pivotal third game. In a match that featured nine 2018 AVCA All-Americans, UCLA coach John Speraw scanned his bench for a serving sub, and it was unheralded true freshman Grant Maleski that got the call. Continue reading “Sideline Obersvations: Fearless UCLA freshman difference maker in star-studded VolleyFour win”

Gyimah remains unstoppable in UCLA win to reach NCAA finals

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For as good as BYU had been defensively throughout the season, it just could not find a way to stop UCLA All-American middle attacker Daenan Gyimah.

Gyimah had 13 kills and hit a match-best .750 as UCLA defeated BYU 25-22, 24-26, 29-27, 25-19 on Thursday in Los Angeles to advance to the NCAA Tournament finals. Continue reading “Gyimah remains unstoppable in UCLA win to reach NCAA finals”