Long Beach State moves up in strength of schedule rankings

The only positive from No. 5/5 Long Beach State’s weekend loss is the latest strength of schedule rankings.

Long Beach State following its home loss to No. 1/1 UCLA jumped to No. 4 and is now has highest strength of schedule ranking among teams projected in Off the Block’s bracketology to be under NCAA Tournament consideration. Continue reading

Inside the VolleyMetrics: LBSU, Mount Olive earn rally of week honors

[Editor’s note: Off the Block is partnering with VolleyMetrics this season to provide the volleyball community with an in-depth analysis at the stats and in-match metrics for college men’s volleyball. The following analysis is from VolleyMetrics.]

Mount Olive libero Andrew Salmon’s multiple digs and a diving play to keep a point alive against No. 1/1 Long Beach State helped both teams earn VolleyMetrics Rally of the Week honors. Continue reading

Mount Olive setter Yasalonis wins National Player of Month

Mount Olive setter Jeff Yasalonis prevailed in a tight race that had more than 10,000 votes cast to be win the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Player of the Month for January.

Yasalonis received 3,932 online votes to beat-out second-place North Greenville libero Dustin King by less than 100 votes and earn the only college men’s volleyball national monthly award. Continue reading

The 10 bold predictions for 2016 college men’s volleyball season

Who cares about safe preseason college men’s volleyball predictions — it’s time to make some big and bold calls.

With the regular season starting this weekend, Off the Block is making its annual bold predictions on everything from the teams that could go undefeated to who will pull off a big upset. Continue reading

Initial look at Conference Carolinas Tournament quarterfinal matches

The regular season is over and the bracket is set for the Conference Carolinas Tournament.

Check out the match-ups and historical information to know about the upcoming Conference Carolinas Tournament quarterfinals. Continue reading