Harvard exceeds expectations in gritty loss to UCLA

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Brenden Yu | Off the Block special contributor

The historical success of the two teams was lopsided entering the opening-round match — UCLA with 19 NCAA champions and Harvard making its NCAA Tournament debut.

While the night did end with UCLA advancing to the VolleyFour, the match itself was more competitive than expected, as the Crimson forced the Bruins to bounce-back from an opening-game loss to take the match 23-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-11 Tuesday night in the Pauley Pavilion. Continue reading “Harvard exceeds expectations in gritty loss to UCLA”

UCLA rebounds from early upset scare to beat Harvard

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UCLA coach John Speraw leading up the NCAA Tournament called his offense a work in progress that could initially struggle in its opening-round match because of the 10-day layoff since the conference tournament.

The Hall of Famer was onto something.

UCLA had to rally from an opening-game loss to defeat the EIVA champions Harvard 23-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-21 on Tuesday in Los Angeles to advance to the VolleyFour. Continue reading “UCLA rebounds from early upset scare to beat Harvard”

Bracketology: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria

All the matches are done, and now it’s up left to the NCAA men’s volleyball committee to determine the NCAA Tournament field.

Off the Block has crunched the numbers using the same criteria as the selection committee to show how the top teams in the nation fare against each other in the race for the two at-large bids and NCAA Tournament seeding. Continue reading “Bracketology: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria”