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

Video: No. 2 Loyola rolls through AVCA Showcase, sweeps No. 10 Stanford

Eight months later and outside attacker Cody Caldwell still continued to wreak havoc against Stanford.

Caldwell in an early-season rematch of last year’s NCAA finals had a match-high 10 kills and added four blocks as No. 2 Loyola swept No. 10 Stanford at the AVCA Showcase on Saturday in Palo Alto, California. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The season’s biggest weekend for non-conference matches gets even bigger tonight.

No. 10 Stanford will play host to No. 2 Loyola at the AVCA Showcase in a rematch of last season’s NCAA championship match that will be nationally televised on the PAC-12 Network. In addition, No. 4 UC Santa Barbara and No. 9 Lewis will attempt to remain undefeated as both teams play nationally ranked teams tonight. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The season’s biggest weekend for non-conference matches has arrived in full force.

Three non-conference tournament all featuring nationally ranked teams will take place tonight, including the defending champions No. 2 Loyola playing No. 6 BYU at the AVCA Showcase. In addition, No. 10 Hawai’i will try to remain undefeated and upset No. 3 Penn State at the Outrigger Invitational. Continue reading

Bracketology: Who could benefit the most from this week’s matches

Don’t be fooled by the calendar — the match results from this second week of the season could have huge ramifications on the outcome of Selection Saturday in May.

With the selection committee placing an emphasis in the off-season on teams scheduling more non-conference matches, this week will be feature the most non-conference matches at any point during the entire season. Continue reading

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