DeFalco’s swan song at Long Beach State just pure dominance

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Brendan Yu | Off the Block senior correspondent

In a finals match-up where only the thinnest of margins separated the No. 1 seed Hawai’i and the No. 2 seed Long Beach State, the slightest advantage may have made all the difference.

For the 49ers, it may have been the experience of having won it the year before. Perhaps it was the comfort of playing for the championship on the home floor. Continue reading “DeFalco’s swan song at Long Beach State just pure dominance”

Stat Breakdown: Long Beach’s DeFalco, Ensing, Tuaniga in NCAA Tournament

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Four years at Long Beach State and four NCAA Tournament appearances.

Long Beach State’s three senior First-Team All-Americans — outside attacker TJ DeFalco, opposite Kyle Ensing and setter Josh Tuaniga — have helped the team reach a program-record four consecutive NCAA Tournament’s. In addition, the trio will be playing in their seventh NCAA Tournament match as the defending NCAA champions face Hawai’i in the finals on Saturday. Continue reading “Stat Breakdown: Long Beach’s DeFalco, Ensing, Tuaniga in NCAA Tournament”

Bracketology: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria

Two weeks before the start of the college men’s volleyball postseason and the bracketology battle teams remain tight.

Off the Block crunched the numbers using the same criteria as the selection committee to show how the top teams in the nation fare against each other in the race for the two at-large bids and NCAA Tournament positioning. Continue reading “Bracketology: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria”