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”

Audio: Lewis coach discusses preseason, creating group to help premature babies

Listen to Off the Block’s interview with Lewis coach Dan Friend about the Flyers’ start to the preseason and creating the Rae Strong Foundation.

The non-profit organization provides financial and emotional support to families who have premature babies born 14 or more weeks before their due date. The group that Friend and his wife, the Lewis women’s volleyball head coach, founded during the offseason is name after their 1-year-old daughter who was born premature. Continue reading “Audio: Lewis coach discusses preseason, creating group to help premature babies”

Princeton schedules home match against Lewis 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. Princeton versus Lewis is ranked No. 14 on the list.]

Princeton will have a chance next season to pull off a feat it’s never accomplished in program history — beating Lewis. Continue reading “Princeton schedules home match against Lewis for 2019”

King schedules home matches vs. Lewis, Loyola for 2019

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It’s been a pretty good couple of months for King — first a ConfCarolinas championship and now landing home matches versus likely top-10 ranked teams.

King announced during the weekend that it will open the 2019 season with home non-conference matches against both Lewis on Jan. 11 and Loyola on Jan. 12 in Bristol, Tennessee. Continue reading “King schedules home matches vs. Lewis, Loyola for 2019”

Loyola hires highly regarded Lewis assistant coach McCarthy

An AVCA National Assistant Coach of the Year recipient will switch sides in one of the top in-state rivalries in college men’s volleyball.

Matt McCarthy will depart Lewis to become the Loyola associate head coach, the Ramblers announced on Monday.

McCarthy has spent the last nine seasons on the Flyers coaching staff and helped guide Lewis to three NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition, McCarthy was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015 as Lewis advanced to the NCAA Tournament finals.

Lewis in each season with McCarthy won at least 19 wins and had players earn 19 All-American selections.

“Matt has proven to be one of the best coaches in our game and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on our staff,” Loyola coach Mark Hulse said in a statement. “He’s found success both as a coach and as a player and he has a true passion to learn, innovate and develop young men and volleyball players in a mission-driven environment.”

Along with his college coaching experience, McCarthy was an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team at the FIVB U21 World Championship last year.

McCarthy before joining the Lewis coaching staff was a two-time All-MIVA middle attacker and helped lead Ball State to the MIVA Tournament finals in back-to-back seasons. He also was in the conference’s top five with more than a .400 attack percentage in both his junior and senior season.

Loyola ended last season ranked in the top 10 of the national coaches poll and national media poll after reaching the MIVA Tournament finals. The Ramblers return multiple all-conference starters, including 2018 MIVA Freshman of the Year setter Garrett Zolg.

OTB, Springbak unveil 2018 Freshmen All-American Team


A nationwide voting committee selected 10 players to the annual Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team honors the top NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshmen players from the regular season. This is the fifth year Off the Block and Springbak, Inc. have presented the national honor, and it remains the only Freshmen All-American Team presented in college men’s volleyball. Continue reading “OTB, Springbak unveil 2018 Freshmen All-American Team”