One match into his tenure as Ohio State’s head coach and Kevin Burch remains undefeated.
Burch earned his first career victory as Ohio State swept North Greenville 25-17, 27-25, 25-19 in its season opener on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
Continue reading “Audio: Ohio State coach reacts to winning opener, Hanes joining U.S. National Team”
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The two teams that have combined to win the last four NCAA championships will face each other during the upcoming season.
The Ohio State men’s volleyball Twitter account tweeted on Friday that the team has scheduled a home non-conference match against Long Beach State in 2020.
Continue reading “NCAA title studded Ohio State, Long Beach agree to non-conference match for 2020”
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No Ohio State player will wear the uniform No. 35 ever again.
Ohio State announced it retired the number in honor of former Hall of Fame head coach Pete Hanson.
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The MIVA Tournament bracket and the quarterfinal match-ups are set.
Check out the quick-hit guide of what to know about each opening-round match before filling out your
MIVA Tournament bracket in the Off the Block bracket challenge. Continue reading “Quick-hit guide to MIVA Tournament quarterfinal matches”
This season hasn’t necessarily gone to plan for libero Parker Mikesch.
He’s making the most, though, of his opportunity to be in the Ohio State starting lineup.
Continue reading “Video: Ohio State freshman discusses adjusting becoming starting setter”
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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 MIVA.]
The MIVA has all the makings this season for the most chaotic conference in college men’s volleyball.
Four teams received at least one first-place vote in the MIVA Preseason Poll that was released earlier this month.
Continue reading “Quick-hits: What to know about MIVA teams for 2019 season”
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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”
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There is a clear separation entering the season between the top-three teams in the MIVA and everyone else in the conference.
Lewis edged out Loyola and Ohio State to finish atop the MIVA Preseason Poll that was released on Thursday.
Continue reading “Lewis edges Loyola, Ohio State for top spot in MIVA poll”
Watch Off the Block associate editor Jonathan Bates’ interview with Ohio State assistant coach Kevin Burch about the team having one of the nation’s most challenging 2019 non-conference schedules, replacing the MIVA Player of the Year and preparing for the upcoming season.
Continue reading “Video: Assistant coach, Ohio State embrace challenges of upcoming 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. Penn State versus Ohio State is ranked No. 9 on the list.]
There will be a historically short wait for the two Big 10 men’s volleyball schools to renew their annual rivalry next season.
Continue reading “Penn State, Ohio State set up historically early showdown”