Off the Block releases watch list for 2015 Lloy Ball Award

Fourteen college men’s volleyball players have been selected to the 2015 watch list for the annual Lloy Ball Award.

Off the Block on Tuesday unveiled the watch list for the national award that is presented to the best setter in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. Continue reading

IPFW makes unprecedented move with new recruiting class

The pending retirement of Hall of Fame coach Arnie Ball did not slow down IPFW’s recruiting efforts.

Ball on the verge of entering his final season announced during the weekend that high school seniors Alex Dickmann, Kyle Fitzgerald, Austin Neace and Graydon Schroeder all signed to letters of national intent to join IPFW in 2016.
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Four teams selected for inaugural Off the Block East vs. Midwest Challenge

A new annual non-conference tournament is coming to college men’s volleyball that will have teams from the two oldest conferences playing each other.

Off the Block announced Tuesday that Ball State, IPFW, Penn State and St. Francis will be part of the inaugural Off the Block East vs. Midwest Challenge during the 2015 season.
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Top 25 reasons to be excited about 2015 NCAA volleyball season

It’s the start of October and that means three months remain before the start of the 2015 college men’s volleyball season.

With the regular season set to begin in less than 100 days, there are plenty of reasons to have excited anticipation. Check out 25 reasons to be excited about the 2015 season.

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Conference tournament semifinal matches to follow tonight

The postseason spotlight is shining on the Midwest tonight as the MIVA Tournament continues.

No. 1 Loyola and IPFW will play each other in the conference tournament semifinals with the Mastodons eyeing to pull off one of its biggest upsets in program history. In addition, Lewis in the other semifinal will play its rival Ball State and try to make its case for a possible at-large bid. Continue reading

Initial look at the conference tournament semifinal matches

The conference tournament quarterfinals have wrapped-up and only 12 teams remain in control their own fate to reach the NCAA Tournament.

The postseason continue later this week with the EIVA, MIVA and MPSF Tournament semifinal matches. Check out the initial look and the historical stats to know about every conference tournament semifinal match.

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Bracketology: Team comparisons using NCAA selection committee criteria

The opening round of the conference tournaments has dramatically changed the at-large bid and seeding races for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

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

Video: Reaction, analysis to MIVA Tournament quarterfinals

For the first time in four years there were no upsets in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals as Loyola, Lewis, Ball State and IPFW all advanced to the semifinals.

Check out Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes breakdown the opening round of the MIVA Tournament and what to expect in the conference tournament semifinals on Wednesday. Continue reading