Off the Block releases watch list for 2015 Lloy Ball Award

Fourteen college men’s volleyball players have been selected to the 2015 watch list for the annual Lloy Ball Award.

Off the Block on Tuesday unveiled the watch list for the national award that is presented to the best setter in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. Continue reading

Pepperdine tops Loyola for No. 1 ranking in preseason coaches poll

Pepperdine may have missed the NCAA Tournament last season, but it beat out the defending NCAA champions Loyola for the top spot in the preseason national coaches poll.

The Waves received 10 of 18 first-place votes to finish six points ahead of the Ramblers to secure the No. 1 ranking in the AVCA preseason coaches poll released Wednesday afternoon. 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

Top 25 reasons to be excited about 2015 NCAA volleyball season

It’s the start of October and that means three months remain before the start of the 2015 college men’s volleyball season.

With the regular season set to begin in less than 100 days, there are plenty of reasons to have excited anticipation. Check out 25 reasons to be excited about the 2015 season.

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The VMA Awards: College men’s volleyball style

There is one glaring omitted category from the MTV Video Music Awards, but Off the Block has taken it upon itself to release the finalists.

In honor of the VMAs airing tonight, check out the best music videos produced and released by college men’s volleyball teams in recent years.
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U.S. releases roster for upcoming Pan American Cup tournament

An All-American libero and two All-American middle attackers will be among the current college men’s volleyball representing the United States at the IX Men’s Pan American Cup.

USA Volleyball announced Friday that UC Irvine libero Michael Brinkley, Hawai’i middle attacker Tyler Averill, Loyola middle attacker Nicholas Olson and UC Irvine opposite Zack La Cavera were selected to the U.S. roster for the upcoming international tournament.
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Four NCAA Tourney teams to open season at non-conference invitational

The wait won’t be long for the first marquee non-conference match of the upcoming season.

BYU, Stanford, Lewis and Loyola after all reaching the NCAA Tournament last season have agreed to play in a non-conference event at Stanford during the opening weekend of the 2015 regular season.
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U.S. bounces back to sweep Puerto Rico, win bronze medal at NORCECA

The United States didn’t achieve its overall goal at the NORCECA Continental Championship but it will finish on the medal podium.

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team one day after losing in the semifinals rebounded to sweep Puerto Rico 26-24, 25-19, 27-25 on Sunday in El Salvador to win the bronze medal at the international tournament.
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Loyola recruit spearheads U.S. past El Salvador in NORCECA quarterfinals

Loyola incoming recruit Ben Plaisted made the most of the U.S. coaching staff’s decision to put him in the starting lineup.

Plaisted had a match-high 12 kills as the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team swept the host nation El Salvador 25-15, 25-21, 25-18 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the NORCECA U-21 Continental Championships.
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