Bracketology: Team comparisons using NCAA selection committee criteria

With about a month until Selection Saturday, the bracketology season is officially upon us.

Off the Block has 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 seeding. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

First place is not only on the line in one conference but in three conferences tonight.

No. 3 UC Irvine will try to take sole possession of first place in the MPSF as it travels to play No. 5 Pepperdine. In addition, Pfeiffer and Erskine will play each other in a possible preview of the Conference Carolinas championship match. Continue reading

Social media reaction: Top tweets about upcoming MIVAgeddon

The biggest college men’s volleyball match so far this season is receiving plenty of social media buzz.

Check out the top tweets with the hashtag #MIVAgeddon for the upcoming MIVA match between No. 1 Loyola and No. 2 Lewis tonight. In addition, for using the Off the Block created hashtag #MIVAgeddon every tweet featured below will receive a free shirt from Springbak, Inc.. Continue reading

Midseason front-runners for 2015 National Player of the Year

Halfway through the regular season and it remains a wide-open field for who will be the 2015 National Player of the Year at the end of the season.

While there is still a lot of volleyball remaining in the final two months of the season, several players have emerged as favorites for the top individual award in college men’s volleyball. Continue reading

UCLA’s Arnitz, Loyola’s Plaisted named Co-National Freshman of Week

Two freshmen after helping their teams win crucial matches during the weekend are now winning a share of a national award.

Off the Block announced Monday that both UCLA outside attacker Jake Arnitz and Loyola opposite Ben Plaisted were named the Co-National Freshman of the Week. Continue reading