8-team field unveiled for 2016 UCSB Asics Invitational

The MIVA and EIVA will be well-represented at one of the biggest annual college men’s volleyball non-conference events to open the upcoming season.

UC Santa Barbara unveiled to Off the Block the eight-team field for its home tournament the 2016 Asics Invitational that will feature a record four non-West Coast teams. Continue reading

Video: LBSU great Crabb talks success at WSOBV, Manhattan Beach Open

Check out Off the Block special contributor Ted Wang’s interview with former Long Beach State All-American outside attacker Taylor Crabb. The 2013 National Player of the Year making a transition to beach volleyball helped his co-ed team win a championship at the World Series of Beach Volleyball on Saturday and recently finished in third place at the Manhattan Beach Open. Continue reading

U.S. title run ends with quarterfinals loss vs. Russia

The historic undefeated run for the United States at the FIVB Youth World Championship is over — and so is its chance of winning a medal.

The United States making the nation’s first appearance in the quarterfinals at the international tournament lost to Russia 25-22, 25-20, 25-23 on Friday in Argentina. Continue reading

LBSU recruit Ensing powers U.S. into Youth World Championship quarterfinals

For the first time in the tournament’s history, the United States is moving to the quarterfinals at the FIVB Boys Youth World Championship.

Long Beach State incoming recruit Kyle Ensing finished with a match-high 15 kills and added four aces as the United States swept Mexico 25-18, 25-16, 25-22 in the Round of 16 on Wednesday in Argentina. Continue reading

U.S. sweeps Argentina to win World Championship group title

The United States blocked its way to group-play championship and a top seed for the Round of 16 at FIVB Youth World Championship.

Middle attacker George Huhmann had a match-high six blocks as the United States in a de-facto group-play championship swept Argentina 25-20, 26-24, 25-23 on Tuesday in Argentina. Continue reading

Long Beach recruit DeFalco dominant in U.S. win vs. France

France experienced first-hand just why there is so much hype surrounding Long Beach State incoming recruit TJ DeFalco.

DeFalco had a team-high 18 kills and six aces as the United States defeated France 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16 on Monday in Argentina to remain undefeated at the FIVB Youth World Championship and clinch a berth in the Round of 16. Continue reading

AVCA unveils 2015 high school All-American Team

Seventeen incoming freshmen recruits for NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams have now ended their high school careers receiving All-American honors.

The AVCA announced Tuesday its ninth annual High School Senior All-American Team that recognizes some of the nation’s best boys’ volleyball players. Continue reading

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