Q&A with committee chairman Shayka on changes to NCAA Tournament

Proposed changes to the college men’s volleyball postseason were on the table during the recent NCAA annual summer meetings.

NCAA men’s volleyball committee chairman Ron Shayka said in an interview with Off the Block that the committee made several recommendations at the meeting to improve future NCAA Tournaments and the selection process.
Continue reading

Committee to make NCAA Tournament selection process more transparent

In the aftermath of a controversial NCAA Tournament selection process, coaches and college men’s volleyball fans for the upcoming seasons will now have the opportunity to view the same data used by the selection committee.

Committee chairman Ron Shayka said in an interview earlier this week with Off the Block that the committee at its annual meeting recommended to make publicly available all the statistical analysis of teams the committee receives from the NCAA.

Continue reading

Committee recommends playing 2015 NCAA play-in matches at Stanford

Stanford is not only getting to host the NCAA Tournament next season, but possibly both play-in matches.

The NCAA men’s volleyball committee at its annual meetings approved a recommendation to keep the play-in matches at the site of the NCAA Tournament, committee chairman Ron Shayka said in an interview with Off the Block on Thursday.
Continue reading

Q&A with Erskine coach Schmitt about upcoming NCAA Tournament

Erskine isn’t just satisfied with reaching the NCAA Tournament.

Coach Derek Schmitt said in an interview with Off the Block following his team winning the Conference Carolinas championship last week that despite Erskine being significant underdogs he feels the Fleet will be competitive in their upcoming NCAA Tournament match.

Continue reading

NCAA Tournament Projections: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria

Days away from the start of the postseason and the field is even tighter for a possible at-large bid to the 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

Q&A with NCAA Tournament selection committee chairman Ron Shayka

Chairman Ron Shayka is the first to admit his fellow selection committee members and him face unprecedented challenges in the sport’s history for the upcoming men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament.

With a new postseason format, Shayka said in an interview with Off the Block earlier this week that the committee is having to figure out everything from difficult team travel logistics to awarding at-large bids in tight and large field of bubble teams.
Continue reading

NCAA Tournament Projections: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria

With Selection Sunday almost a month away, the races for the at-large bids and NCAA Tournament seeding is getting tighter but the teams on the bubble still in contention remains unprecedentedly large.

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

Throwback Thursday: A look inside the college men’s volleyball vault

More than 40 seasons of college men’s volleyball has resulted in numerous memorable and interesting moments.

Off the Block on the final Thursday of each month during the college men’s volleyball regular season will showcase several match highlights and stories from the past in an effort to help preserve the sport’s history.

Continue reading

UC Irvine associate AD added to NCAA Tourney selection committee

The deputy athletics director from UC Irvine will join the committee that determines the field for the men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament.

UC Irvine senior associate athletics director Paula Smith was selected as the West Coast representative for the three-person NCAA men’s volleyball committee.

Continue reading

Top 10 bold predictions for 2014 college men’s volleyball season

There’s always some safe preseason predictions to make every year — and than there’s the crazy, bold ones.

With the college men’s volleyball season less than two weeks away from starting, Off the Block is making its bold predictions on everything from conference championship races to what will happen in the NCAA championship match.

Continue reading