Erskine, Lewis, NJIT players make Puerto Rico roster for U21 World Championship

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Three NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players have traveled halfway around the world to represent Puerto Rico at one of the top international tournaments of the summer.

NJIT setter Roque Nido, Lewis middle attacker Antonio Elias Rodriguez and Erskine setter Francisco Pomar were selected to the Puerto Rican Men’s Junior National Team for the FIVB U21 World Championship that started on Thursday in Bahrain. Continue reading “Erskine, Lewis, NJIT players make Puerto Rico roster for U21 World Championship”

Quick-hits: What to know about EIVA teams for 2019 season

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[Editor’s note: Off the Block will preview each NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball conference leading up to the 2019 season opener on Dec. 30. This conference previews examines every team in the EIVA.]

Forget about top-15 preseason nationally coaches poll that for the first time in recent history did not include an EIVA team.

The EIVA could have several team posed for big breakout seasons. Continue reading “Quick-hits: What to know about EIVA teams for 2019 season”

Recap: What happened this college men’s volleyball offseason

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A lot has happened in college men’s volleyball since the NCAA Tournament in May.

With the 2019 regular season starting two weeks ago, it’s time to get caught up on the top news from the offseason. Check out the top 10 items to know heading in the 2019 season. Continue reading “Recap: What happened this college men’s volleyball offseason”

Schedule rankings: Top 15 non-conference matches for EIVA teams in 2019

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Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA presented throughout the fall The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches that ranked the league’s marquee matches set for the 2019 season

Check out what the Off the Block editors selected as the top non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams during the upcoming season. Continue reading “Schedule rankings: Top 15 non-conference matches for EIVA teams in 2019”

NJIT schedules road match against Hawai’i for 2019 season

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[Editor’s note: Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA is presenting The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches. This list spotlights the best non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams in 2019 and will be the first time several of these matches have been publicly announced. NJIT versus Hawai’i is ranked No. 5 on the list.]

NJIT will be leaving the mainland in 2019. Continue reading “NJIT schedules road match against Hawai’i for 2019 season”

NJIT athletics director selected as new NCAA men’s volleyball committee chair

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The athletics director who guided NJIT to NCAA Division I membership is now set to also be the head of the NCAA men’s volleyball committee.

Lenny Kaplan was selected as the committee chairman for the 2019 season, according to the annual report the NCAA recently released about the men’s volleyball committee meeting earlier this summer. Continue reading “NJIT athletics director selected as new NCAA men’s volleyball committee chair”

NJIT opposite puts up big offensive performance at European Championship

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The top offensive player during the third round of the CEV U20 European Championship will not advance to the finals.

NJIT opposite Alvaro Gimeno led all players with a tournament-high 24 kills as Spain surrendered a two-game lead and lost to Poland in five games on Sunday in a de facto play-in match for the European Championship Finals. Continue reading “NJIT opposite puts up big offensive performance at European Championship”