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”

Purdue Fort Wayne signs recruits with winning experience at club national championships

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It may have a new name, but the team formerly known as IPFW and Fort Wayne is continuing to bring in recruits with numerous accolades.

Purdue Fort Wayne in an offseason that feature university officially changing its name announced earlier this week that Sean Califf, Jon Diedrich, Ryan Lively and Rico Wardlow all committed to play for the Mastodons beginning in 2020. Continue reading “Purdue Fort Wayne signs recruits with winning experience at club national championships”

Stanford, Purdue Fort Wayne agree to two-match series for 2019

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Almost 40 years since starting its program and there is still a first with the lastest Purdue Fort Wayne schedule.

Purdue Fort Wayne for the first time in its program history will descend upon The Farm as it will play a two-match road non-conference against Stanford on Jan. 25-26. Continue reading “Stanford, Purdue Fort Wayne agree to two-match series for 2019”

Purdue Fort Wayne Associate AD named to NCAA men’s volleyball committee

A former college men’s volleyball setter and college volleyball coach will help determine the NCAA Tournament field in 2019.

Tim Heffron, the Purdue Fort Wayne senior associate athletic director, was selected as the Midwest representative for the NCAA men’s volleyball committee, according to documents the NCAA recently released on its website. Continue reading “Purdue Fort Wayne Associate AD named to NCAA men’s volleyball committee”

Fort Wayne’s Vargas to play for Puerto Rico in NORCECA Challenge Cup

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An All-MIVA outside attacker will attempt to help Puerto Rico qualify for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Fort Wayne outside attacker Pelegrin Vargas is among the 12 players on the Puerto Rican roster for the NORCECA Challenge Cup that will take place this week in Cuba. Continue reading “Fort Wayne’s Vargas to play for Puerto Rico in NORCECA Challenge Cup”

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”