Projected top 10 college men’s volleyball teams for 2016 season

The on-campus championship celebration for Loyola hasn’t even happened yet, but it’s time to start looking forward to the 2016 season.

Check out Off the Block’s early projections at what teams will be in the top top 10 of the preseason national rankings for the upcoming season that is eight months away from starting. Continue reading

Conference tournament quarterfinal matches to follow tonight

The busiest day in the college men’s volleyball postseason is here with the MIVA Tournament and MPSF Tournament getting underway.

Pepperdine playing host to UC Santa Barbara highlights the four MPSF Tournament quarterfinals tonight. In addition, BYU after pulling off two upsets last week will attempt to pull off another one as it travels to USC. Continue reading

Finalists announced for Off the Block/Springbak National Blocker of Year

A nationwide voting committee selected Hawai’i middle attacker Taylor Averill, Long Beach State middle attacker Taylor Gregory, Lewis middle attacker Bobby Walsh and Ball State middle attacker Matt Walsh as the four finalists for the annual Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year is annually awarded to the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player with the best front-row defensive performance during the regular season. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Conference tournament seeding will be on the line with the start of the postseason looming two weeks away.

Princeton and Harvard highlight the slate of matches as they battle for sole possession of second place in the EIVA. In addition, No. 5 UC Irvine will play host to No. 10 Long Beach State in today’s only match between nationally ranked teams. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Before any postseason brackets can get busted in April there are several matches tonight that could go a long way to determining the teams and match-ups in those brackets.

No. 4 Pepperdine playing host to No. 6 BYU highlights the slate of matches with both teams need a win to move up in the conference standings. In addition, No. 7 USC will attempt to bounce-back from an upset loss earlier in the week as travels to No. 9 Long Beach State. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

First place is not only on the line in one conference but in three conferences tonight.

No. 3 UC Irvine will try to take sole possession of first place in the MPSF as it travels to play No. 5 Pepperdine. In addition, Pfeiffer and Erskine will play each other in a possible preview of the Conference Carolinas championship match. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s weeks before the conference tournament begins but several matches tonight could have a significant effect on the postseason seeding.

No. 2 Lewis faces a must-win match to remain in sole possession of first place in the MIVA as it travels to play No. 11 Ohio State. In addition, No. 9 UC Santa Barbara and No. 10 UCLA will play each other with both teams needing a win to move a step closer to solidify a berth in the MPSF Tournament. Continue reading

Video: No. 10 Long Beach out-lasts No. 9 UCLA to win in 5 games

It wasn’t pretty at times but No. 10 Long Beach State finished getting a critical conference road victory against a top-10 ranked team.

Long Beach State despite being out-hit .255 to .237 overcame a one-game deficit to defeat No. 9 UCLA 20-25, 25-23, 27-25, 23-25, 15-11 on Friday in Los Angeles. Continue reading