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

Photo courtesy of Hawai’i athletics

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”

OTB, Springbak unveil 2018 Freshmen All-American Team


A nationwide voting committee selected 10 players to the annual Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team honors the top NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshmen players from the regular season. This is the fifth year Off the Block and Springbak, Inc. have presented the national honor, and it remains the only Freshmen All-American Team presented in college men’s volleyball. Continue reading “OTB, Springbak unveil 2018 Freshmen All-American Team”