George Mason establishes itself as go-to volleyball destination with 2020 schedule

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Being the host site for the NCAA Tournament has its perks — especially when it comes to scheduling non-conference matches.

Coach Jay Hosack informed Off the Block that George Mason will have a program-record six non-conference home matches against West Coast teams during the 2020 season. Continue reading “George Mason establishes itself as go-to volleyball destination with 2020 schedule”

EIVA Tournament: Possible seeding scenarios, postseason berths

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Two weeks remain in the EIVA regular season, and the seeding scenarios are still wide open for the EIVA Tournament.

The EIVA Tournament is the toughest conference tournament to make in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball. Unlike other conferences where all or the overwhelming majority of teams make the postseason, only the top four teams in the EIVA make its tournament.

The EIVA regular season championship also gets to serve as the host site for the entire conference tournament — both the semifinals and finals.

Check out the current standings and the possible seeding scenarios for the EIVA teams remaining in postseason contention. Continue reading “EIVA Tournament: Possible seeding scenarios, postseason berths”

Championship round field set for Off the Block National Player of Month

Six players based on your votes have an opportunity to win a college men’s volleyball national award for their outstanding performances in March

McKendree’s Francisco Comas, Lincoln Memorial’s Evan Cory, Barton’s Oscar Fiorentino, George Mason’s Jack Reese, Grand Canyon’s Cole Udall and Purdue Fort Wayne’s Pelegrin Vargas all advanced to the championship round of the Off the Block National Player of the Month. Continue reading “Championship round field set for Off the Block National Player of Month”

Quick-hits: What to know about EIVA 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 EIVA.]

Forget about top-15 preseason nationally coaches poll that for the first time in recent history did not include an EIVA team.

The EIVA could have several team posed for big breakout seasons. Continue reading “Quick-hits: What to know about EIVA teams for 2019 season”

Schedule rankings: Top 15 non-conference matches for EIVA teams in 2019

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Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA presented throughout the fall The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches that ranked the league’s marquee matches set for the 2019 season

Check out what the Off the Block editors selected as the top non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams during the upcoming season. Continue reading “Schedule rankings: Top 15 non-conference matches for EIVA teams in 2019”

George Mason schedules home match vs. UC Irvine 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. George Mason versus UC Irvine is ranked No. 2 on the list.]

George Mason will get a shot on its home court next season to end the 24-year drought against a likely preseason top-10 nationally ranked team. Continue reading “George Mason schedules home match vs. UC Irvine for 2019”

George Mason, Pepperdine to meet again in 2019 season

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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. George Mason versus Pepperdine is ranked No. 7 on the list.]

George Mason will get another shot next season at trying to stop the MPSF Player of the Year. Continue reading “George Mason, Pepperdine to meet again in 2019 season”