D-II men’s volleyball teams ineligible for new NCAA scholarship benefits

Five Division II men’s volleyball teams, despite playing in a conference with Division I schools, would be prohibited from providing an additional $2,000 to its full-ride scholarship athletes.

The NCAA informed Off the Block via email Thursday that its newly adopted scholarship policy only applies to Division I schools, and Division II schools regardless of conference affiliations would be ineligible from giving their players the extra benefit.

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors voted last week to allow schools to provide full-scholarship athletes up to an extra $2,000 for cost-of-living expenses. Schools would not be required to add the benefit, but the NCAA requested that conferences consider common applications.
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Grand Canyon releases 2012 schedule: 5 things to know about this schedule

Two matches in Hawaii and coach Jeremy Price returning to his former school highlights the 2012 Grand Canyon regular season schedule that the team released Thursday.

The Antelopes finished last season in last place in the MIVA and lost in the conference tournament quarterfinals. Grand Canyon has all seven starters returning for the upcoming season, including All-MIVA libero Trent Bruns

Check out the five things to know about Grand Canyon’s schedule for the upcoming season.
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NJIT releases 2012 schedule: 5 things to know about this schedule

A home match against the defending EIVA champions Penn State and a road trip to Grand Canyon highlights the NJIT 2012 regular season schedule that the team released Monday.

The Highlanders finished last season in last place in the EIVA Hay Division and failed to make the EIVA Tournament. NJIT has all seven starters returning for the upcoming season, including libero Brady Smith who finished last season in the nation’s top 10 for digs per game average.

Check out the five things to know about NJIT’s schedule for the upcoming season.
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UC San Diego releases 2012 schedule: 5 things to know about this schedule

A month-long conference homestand and a trip to Grand Canyon highlights the UC San Diego 2012 regular season schedule as the team earlier this week released its schedule for the upcoming season.

UC San Diego finished last season tied for 10th place in the MPSF and failed to make the conference tournament. Tritons coach Kevin Ring will have four starters returning for the upcoming season, including outside attacker Carl Eberts who led the team in kills last season.

Check out the five things to take away from UC San Diego’s schedule for the 2012 season.
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Multiple All-American Werle to join former coach’s staff at Grand Canyon

A former National Player of the Year winner will join the Grand Canyon coaching staff this upcoming season.

The Grand Canyon athletics department announced Wednesday that Matt Werle was hired as a men’s volleyball assistant coach for the 2012 season.

Werle as a junior was named the 2007 AVCA Division III National Player of the Year after helping lead Juniata to its fourth consecutive Molten Division III national championship, a non-sanctioned NCAA event. The setter was also a four-time All-American while at Juniata playing for current Grand Canyon coach Jeremy Price.
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Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: National Semifinals

Off the Block created the bracket and seeded 64 of the best Division I-II men’s volleyball players. Now it’s up to you determine who should be the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.

After the first four rounds, four players remain in the only national player of the year award tournament that is completely determined by the fans.

The online voting for the two Final Four matches will end at 11 p.m. Saturday. The winners will advance to the championship on Monday.

Check out the semifinal matches online ballots below and vote for the players who you think should move to the next round.
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Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Regional Finals

Off the Block created the bracket and seeded 64 of the best Division I-II men’s volleyball players. Now it’s up to you determine who should be the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.

After the first three rounds, eight players remain in the only national player of the year award that is completely determined by the fans.

The online voting for the eight second-round matches will end at 11 p.m. Saturday. The winners will advance to the Final Four on Sunday.

Check out the regional finals matches online ballots below and vote for the players who you think should move to the next round.
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Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Round 3

Off the Block created the bracket and seeded 64 of the best Division I-II men’s volleyball players. Now it’s up to you determine who should be the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.

After the first and second round, 16 players remain in the only national player of the year award that is completely determined by the fans.

The online voting for the eight second-round matches will end at 11 p.m. Friday. The winners will advance to the regional finals Saturday.

Check out the third-round online ballots below and vote for the players who you think should move to the next round.
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Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Round 2

Off the Block created the bracket and seeded 64 of the best college men’s volleyball players. Now it’s up to you determine who should be the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.

After the first round, 32 players remain in the only national player of the year award that is completely determined by the fans.

The online voting for the 16 second-round matches will end at 11 p.m. Thursday. The winners will advance to the third round Friday.

Check out the second-round online ballots below and vote for the players who you think should move to the next round.

[Editor’s note: The poll results for the second round matches Murphy Troy vs. Joshua Walker and Joe Sander vs. Jay Petty are not appearing for some people when viewing this page. Walker defeated Troy 147-132 and Sander defeated Petty 144-37.]

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Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year: Round 1

Off the Block created the bracket and seeded 64 of the best college men’s volleyball players. Now it’s up to you determine who should be the Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year.

The Off the Block Fan Choice Player of the Year tournament is the only contest that allows the fans to completely determine who should be the national player of the year.

The online voting for the 32 first-round matches will end at 11 p.m. Wednesday. The winners will advance to the second round Thursday.

Check out the first-round online ballots below and vote for the players who you think should move to the next round.

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