Video: Averill powers No. 6 Hawai’i past No. 10 Long Beach State

All-American middle attacker Tyler Averill had both a match-high 14 kills and nine blocks as No. 6 Hawai’i defeated No. 10 Long Beach State 25-22, 24-26, 25-14, 25-22 on Friday in Long Beach, California.

Averill in the conference victory led all players with a .545 attack percentage to help the Rainbow Warriors out-hit the 49ers .224 to .126. In addition, the win moves Hawai’i into a tie with No. 5 Pepperdine for third place in MPSF and a half-match out of first place. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The team match-ups don’t get much better than this during the regular season.

No. 5 BYU will play host to No. 13 Ball State in a showdown between two of the top blocking teams in the nation. In addition, No. 3 UC Irvine will look to continue its recent offensive dominance as it plays No. 9 UCLA. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The college men’s volleyball spotlight is focused on the Midwest tonight with several teams looking to make statement victories

No. 1 Loyola playing host to Penn State highlights the slate of matches tonight. In addition, Ball State and Ohio State will reignite their long-time rivalry dating back to 1960 with both teams vying for a critical conference victory. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s the halfway point of the college men’s volleyball season but there are several matches that could have a postseason feel tonight.

No. 2 Lewis will attempt to extend its winning streak to 10 matches and get another signature non-conference victory as it plays host to Penn State. In addition, No. 5 BYU will try to remain perfect at home as it opens its two-match series against No. 9 Long Beach State. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

One month into the season and the matches only continue to get more critical each week.

No. 2 USC and No. 6 Hawai’i playing in the final of their two-match series highlights the slate of matches tonight. In addition, both Cal State Northridge and George Mason will attempt to pull off upsets against top-10 nationally ranked teams. Continue reading

Video: No. 6 Pepperdine pounds No. 10 Long Beach State for conference win

All-conference opposite Parker Kalmbach had a match-high 24 kills on a .564 attack percentage to help No. 6 Pepperdine defeat No. 10 Long Beach State 23-25, 25-12, 25-22, 25-16 on Saturday in Malibu, California.

Kalmbach was one of three Waves to finish with double-digit kills. In addition, Pepperdine out-hit Long Beach State .378 to .155, including having a .615 attack percentage in its 13-point second game win. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Everything including rematches from last year’s postseason to near must-win matches for several teams is on the college men’s volleyball slate tonight.

No. 2 Lewis will attempt to add to winless No. 15 Penn State’s early-season woes as both teams meet in a critical non-conference match. In addition, out on West Coast No. 8 UC Santa Barbara will play No. 4 BYU with a chance to pull off a program first in the rally scoring era. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s been absolute chaos this weekend with four of the top 10 nationally ranked teams losing and even more top-ranked teams will be tested tonight.

No. 13 IPFW will look to extend No. 10 Penn State’s season-opening losing streak as the two teams meet in the Off the Block East vs. Midwest Challenge. In addition, No. 7 BYU with its retooled starting lineup will attempt to complete a series sweep against No. 4 UCLA. Continue reading

Off the Block releases watch list for inaugural Bryan Ivie Award

Twelve college men’s volleyball players have been selected to the 2015 watch list for a new national award this upcoming season.

Off the Block on Monday announced the watch list for the inaugural Bryan Ivie Award, which is presented to the best opposite in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. Continue reading