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

8-team field unveiled for 2016 UCSB Asics Invitational

The MIVA and EIVA will be well-represented at one of the biggest annual college men’s volleyball non-conference events to open the upcoming season.

UC Santa Barbara unveiled to Off the Block the eight-team field for its home tournament the 2016 Asics Invitational that will feature a record four non-West Coast teams. Continue reading

Off the Block releases watch list for inaugural Bryan Ivie Award

Twelve college men’s volleyball players have been selected to the 2015 watch list for a new national award this upcoming season.

Off the Block on Monday announced the watch list for the inaugural Bryan Ivie Award, which is presented to the best opposite in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. Continue reading

Record number of teams earn national academic honor

A record five NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams earned a national recognition for their success in the classroom.

The AVCA announced Monday afternoon that Grand Canyon, Harvard, NJIT, Lees-McRae and Lewis all received the volleyball organization’s annual Team Academic Award.

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NJIT hires former Sacred Heart assistant Goncalves as new head coach

A former Sacred Heart assistant coach with experience of playing professional volleyball in Europe will be the new head coach at NJIT.

NJIT athletics director Lenny Kaplan announced Thursday afternoon that he hired Danny Goncalves as the men’s volleyball team’s new head coach for the upcoming season.
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Top 5 college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Nothing says Valentine’s Day night like marquee college men’s volleyball matches involving top-10 nationally ranked teams.

A showdown between one of the nation’s top defensive teams and the defending National Player of the Year highlights the schedule as No. 8 UC Santa Barbara plays host to No. 5 Long Beach State. In addition, out in the Midwest two of this season’s surprise teams, Lindenwood and IPFW, will meet for a conference match.

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