Conference tournament semifinal matches to follow tonight

The postseason spotlight is shining on the Midwest tonight as the MIVA Tournament continues.

No. 1 Loyola and IPFW will play each other in the conference tournament semifinals with the Mastodons eyeing to pull off one of its biggest upsets in program history. In addition, Lewis in the other semifinal will play its rival Ball State and try to make its case for a possible at-large bid. Continue reading

NCAA Tournament Projections: Latest college men’s volleyball bracketology

One week away from Selection Sunday and there is now more clarity to the at-large race but it’s still incredibly tight.

Off the Block throughout each round of the postseason will unveil its latest projections to the NCAA Tournament.

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Bracketology: Team comparisons using NCAA selection committee criteria

The opening round of the conference tournaments has dramatically changed the at-large bid and seeding races for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

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

Video: Reaction, analysis to MIVA Tournament quarterfinals

For the first time in four years there were no upsets in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals as Loyola, Lewis, Ball State and IPFW all advanced to the semifinals.

Check out Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes breakdown the opening round of the MIVA Tournament and what to expect in the conference tournament semifinals on Wednesday. Continue reading

Finalists announced for Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year

A nationwide voting committee selected UCLA outside attacker Gonzalo Quiroga, Penn State outside attacker Aaron Russell, BYU outside attacker Taylor Sander and Loyola outside attacker Joseph Smalzer as finalists for the 2014 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year recognizes the top individual serving performance from a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player during the regular season. Continue reading

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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2014 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team released

A nationwide voting committee selected nine players to the inaugural Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team honors the top NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshmen players from the regular season. It is also the only Freshmen All-American Team presented in college men’s volleyball.

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