8-team field unveiled for 2016 UCSB Asics Invitational

The MIVA and EIVA will be well-represented at one of the biggest annual college men’s volleyball non-conference events to open the upcoming season.

UC Santa Barbara unveiled to Off the Block the eight-team field for its home tournament the 2016 Asics Invitational that will feature a record four non-West Coast teams. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The postseason picture and conference tournament brackets have a chance to get further solidified with several critical matches tonight.

No. 11 Ohio State and No. 14 IPFW will play each other in a late-season conference match with both teams needing a victory a improve their postseason seeding. In addition, No. 6 BYU will look to avoid a possible upset as it continues its weekend series against No. 13 CSUN. Continue reading

Video: No. 7 BYU sweeps No. 13 CSUN to snap losing streak

Opposite Matt Underwood had a team-high 13 kills and five blocks as No. 6 BYU swept No. 13 CSUN 28-26, 25-21, 25-15 on Friday in Northridge, California.

With this victory, the Cougars clinched a berth to the upcoming eight-team MPSF Tournament. It also ended BYU’s six match losing streak — the program’s longest streak since 1991. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Only a few weeks until the postseason and several matches today could go a long way to determining the conference tournament fields.

No. 6 BYU and No. 13 CSUN will open a two-match weekend series with both teams facing a near must-win situation for completely different reasons. In addition, No. 1 Hawai’i will attempt to remain in first place in the MPSF as it plays host to No. 15 Stanford. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

One month into the season and the matches only continue to get more critical each week.

No. 2 USC and No. 6 Hawai’i playing in the final of their two-match series highlights the slate of matches tonight. In addition, both Cal State Northridge and George Mason will attempt to pull off upsets against top-10 nationally ranked teams. Continue reading

Video: USC offense unstoppable in sweep vs. Cal State Northridge

No. 2 USC on a night when it honored two of the top offensive players in its program’s history had its best offensive performance of the season.

USC finished with a season-high .543 attack percentage as it swept Cal State Northridge 25-16, 25-17, 25-17 on Friday in Los Angeles to remain undefeated this season. Continue reading