McKendree overcame a four-point deficit late in the fifth game and fought off a match-point before beating No. 13 CSUN in overtime of the decisive game 19-17 on Thursday.
Check out Off the Block’s postmatch interview with McKendree coach Nickie Sanlin following the season-opening win. Continue reading “Audio: McKendree coach reacts to beating No. 13 CSUN in fifth-game OT”
Nickie Sanlin is earning a national coaching honor after guiding McKendree to its best finish in the MIVA and its deepest postseason run in program history.
Off the Block announced Tuesday that Sanlin was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Ivan Marquez Award. Continue reading “McKendree coach Sanlin named 2019 recipient of Ivan Marquez Award”
It didn’t come easy, but McKendree found a way to win the program’s inaugural home postseason match.
McKendree rallied from a 8-4 deficit in the decisive fifth game to beat Ball State 25-19, 25-22, 25-27, 27-29, 16-14 on Saturday in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals. Continue reading “Audio: McKendree coach reacts to beating Ball State in MIVA quarterfinals”
Check out Off the Block associate editor Jonathan Bates’ postmatch interview with coach Nickie Sanlin after McKendree swept Princeton on Saturday. Continue reading “Video: McKendree coach discusses sweeping Princeton”
McKendree needed five games but on Sunday it pulled off its first victory against Ohio State in program history.
The Bearcats were led by middle attacker Lucas Galifos’s 10 kills (.600 attack percentage) and his career-high seven blocks. Outside attacker Brendan Dunn chipped in with a double-double (12 kills and 10 digs). Continue reading “Audio: McKendree coach reacts to first win in program history over Ohio State”
McKendree fought off five game-points to win a 26-point overtime in the second game as it upset No. 10/9 Lewis 21-25, 38-36, 25-23, 25-23 on Thursday in Lebanon, Illinois. Continue reading “Audio: McKendree coach credits new team mindset for upset of No. 10/9 Lewis”
McKendree delivered in a match-up between two teams ranked in the top five of the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Division II National Coaches Poll.
Setter Pasquale Fiduccia guided the offense to a .315 attack percentage as McKendree defeated UC San Diego 34-32, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22 on Friday in Lebanon, Illinois. Continue reading “Audio: McKendree coach Sanlin discusses resilient win vs. UC San Diego”
Check out Off the Block special contributor Jonathan Bates’ interviews with King coach Ryan Booher, McKendree coach Nickie Sanlin and UCLA assistant coach John Hawks following their teams matches Friday at the Wooden Class Tournament. Continue reading “Video: UCLA, McKendree, King coaches react to competitive day at Wooden Classic”
McKendree became the second team seeded No. 6 or lower to advance to the MIVA Tournament semifinals during the rally scoring era as it swept the No. 3 seed Ball State on Saturday.
Listen to Off the Block’s postmatch interview with McKendree coach Nickie Sanlin following the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals road victory in the program’s first postseason match. Continue reading “Audio: McKendree coach reacts to upsetting BSU in MIVA quarterfinals”
McKendree for the first time in its program history beat a nationally ranked team as it upset No. 12 IPFW in four games on Saturday.
Check out Off the Block’s postmatch interview with McKendree coach Nickie Sanlin as the coach discusses the upset victory and growing the Bearcats program in their second season. Continue reading “Postmatch reaction: McKendree coach discusses upset win vs. No. 12 IPFW”