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”
Photo courtesy of Penn State athletics and Craig Houtz
[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”
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The rematch is set for one of the most intense NCAA Tournament matches last season.
Ohio State as part of unveiling its 2019 schedule earlier this week announced it will play a two-match non-conference road series against the defending NCAA champions Long Beach State on Feb. 8-9.
Continue reading “Ohio State, Long Beach State rematch scheduled for 2019 season”
The club careers for eight incoming NCAA men’s volleyball freshmen now includes leading their program to an unprecedented fourth straight national title.
The Southern California team 949 B12 Black swept Balboa Bay 25-16, 25-21 in the Open 18 Division championship match at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship earlier this week in Phoenix, Arizona.
Continue reading “Club team featuring eight NCAA recruits wins USA Volleyball national title”
Time to empty the notebook that is filled with college men’s volleyball news and notes. Check out some of the more interesting news tidbits and other notes involving college men’s volleyball.
Continue reading “The Notebook Dump: News tidbits, notes from college men’s volleyball”
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Some of the top coaches and players throughout the 58-year history of the MIVA are now officially in the conference’s hall of fame.
The MIVA in its second year since establishing the honor formally inducted the 10 individuals to the MIVA Hall of Fame on Saturday in O’Fallon, Illinois.
Continue reading “Legendary players, coaches inducted into MIVA Hall of Fame”