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

Long Beach signs 4 of nation’s top 25 ranked recruits

Long Beach State not only signed the most highly touted recuit in the nation but added three more of the nation’s top 25 high school players to its latest recruiting class.

The 49ers announced recently that high school seniors TJ DeFalco, Kyle Ensing, Kimball Leituala, Kysen Olsen and Josh Tuaniga all have committed to play for the 49ers beginning in 2016. Continue reading

2015 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams released

A nationwide voting committee selected 22 players to the annual Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams recognizes the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players projected to be the best in the nation during the upcoming season. Continue reading

LBSU to install nation’s biggest video screen for college arena

Things will be a little bit bigger at Long Beach State compared to other college men’s volleyball venues starting next season.

Long Beach State announced Wednesday that it will begin installing in Walter Pyramid the nation’s largest wall-mounted video scoreboard for an on-campus college arena.

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Conference tournament quarterfinal matches to follow tonight

The most chaotic day of the postseason has arrived as five conference tournament quarterfinal matches take place tonight.

BYU playing host to USC in a match with significant ramifications to the NCAA Tournament seeding and at-large bid races highlights the four MPSF Tournament quarterfinal matches. In addition, IPFW and Ohio State meet in the final MIVA Tournament quarterfinals match.

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Bracketology: Who teams should root for in conference tournaments

The decision of what teams earn the two at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament could be greatly influenced by conference tournament matches not involving those teams or even their conference.

Of the all the pieces of criteria used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee the one with greatest fluidity is record against teams already qualified for the NCAA Tournament or under consideration for an at-large bid.

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