St. Francis schedules match vs. defending champs Long Beach

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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. St. Francis versus Long Beach State is ranked No. 11 on the list.]

Coach Mike Rumbaugh isn’t shying away from a tough non-conference match — he may have even scheduled the toughest possible match for St. Francis. Continue reading “St. Francis schedules match vs. defending champs Long Beach”

Ohio State, Long Beach State rematch scheduled for 2019 season

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The rematch is set for one of the most intense NCAA Tournament matches last season.

Ohio State as part of unveiling its 2019 schedule earlier this week announced it will play a two-match non-conference road series against the defending NCAA champions Long Beach State on Feb. 8-9. Continue reading “Ohio State, Long Beach State rematch scheduled for 2019 season”

Long Beach, UCLA, Pepperdine players make U.S. roster for exhibition series

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Four current college men’s volleyball players will be on the U.S. roster for exhibition matches against Argentina.

Long Beach State outside attacker TJ DeFalco and opposite Kyle Ensing, UCLA setter Micah Ma’a and Pepperdine outside attacker David Wieczorek were selected to play in the three-match series that begins Wednesday. Continue reading “Long Beach, UCLA, Pepperdine players make U.S. roster for exhibition series”

Long Beach outside competes at European Beach Volleyball Championship

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Fresh off of winning the NCAA championship a Long Beach State outside attacker will now attempt to win a European championship.

Outside attacker Ryan Poole is part of a pair representing England at the CEV U22 Beach Volleyball European Championship that started Thursday in Latvia. Continue reading “Long Beach outside competes at European Beach Volleyball Championship”

Stat Breakdown: Long Beach’s DeFalco, Ensing in Volleyball Nations League

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Outside attacker TJ DeFalco and opposite Kyle Ensing just continue to win — even in the college men’s volleyball offseason.

The two Long Beach State All-Americans months after leading the 49ers to the NCAA championship helped the United States win the bronze medal on Sunday at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals. Continue reading “Stat Breakdown: Long Beach’s DeFalco, Ensing in Volleyball Nations League”

Long Beach State sets NCAA record for best offense in modern era

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The Long Beach State offense ended the season being the best in the nation and the best in the modern history of NCAA men’s volleyball.

The NCAA champion 49ers with their .375 attack percentage set the single-season team record for the most efficient offense in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball history during the 25-point rally scoring era. Continue reading “Long Beach State sets NCAA record for best offense in modern era”

Long Beach State, Pepperdine players make initial U.S. roster for Nations League

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Three current college men’s volleyball All-Americans will be on the U.S. preliminary roster for the biggest international tournament of the year.

USA Volleyball announced Monday that Long Beach State outside attacker TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State opposite Kyle Ensing and Pepperdine outside attacker David Wieczorek were selected to the 26-player U.S. roster for the upcoming FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Continue reading “Long Beach State, Pepperdine players make initial U.S. roster for Nations League”

Maturity key reason for Long Beach State winning national championship

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Brendan Yu | Off the Block special contributor

In the wake of its unceremonious VolleyFour exits the past two years, the maturity of the Long Beach State had been called into question.

But as they amassed a near flawless 24-1 record during the regular season, the 49ers left little doubt that this year was a much more experienced and – more importantly – disciplined team. Continue reading “Maturity key reason for Long Beach State winning national championship”

Historical stats, notes from Long Beach State beating UCLA in NCAA finals

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Long Beach State and UCLA playing in the NCAA Tournament finals lived up to the all the hype and set several records in the process.

Check out historical notes and stats to know from Long Beach State’s five-game victory against UCLA on Saturday to win the NCAA championship. Continue reading “Historical stats, notes from Long Beach State beating UCLA in NCAA finals”