Legendary players, coaches inducted into MIVA Hall of Fame

Photo courtesy of the MIVA.

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”

Tuaniga’s OT heroics knocks out Ohio States, keeps LBSU title hopes alive

Photo by Jonathan Bates

The National Player of the Year surprised everyone on the court with a play to put Long Beach State in the NCAA Tournament finals.

Josh Tuaniga had a matcher-winning setter dump kill in overtime as Long Beach State defeated the two-time defending NCAA champions Ohio State 25-22, 25-23, 25-27, 32-30 in the VolleyFour on Thursday in Los Angeles. Continue reading “Tuaniga’s OT heroics knocks out Ohio States, keeps LBSU title hopes alive”

Video: Ohio State edges UC Irvine in fifth-game OT to advance to VolleyFour

Freshman opposite Jake Hanes had a match-high 22 kills and set a NCAA Tournament single-match record with eight aces as Ohio State beat UC Irvine on Tuesday.

Check out the video highlights of this NCAA Tournament first-round match filmed by Off the Block associate editor Jonathan Bates. Continue reading “Video: Ohio State edges UC Irvine in fifth-game OT to advance to VolleyFour”

Freshman Hanes delivers big for Ohio State senior class in NCAA win

Photo courtesy of The Ohio State University athletics.

Brendan Yu | Off the Block special contributor

The NCAA Tournament first round on Tuesday in the Pauley Pavilion featured a slugfest between two heavyweights in the world of men’s volleyball – UC Irvine and Ohio State – whom together have combined for seven of the last 10 national championships. But while the Anteaters held more titles than the Buckeyes (4-3), the recent success of both programs couldn’t have been more different. Continue reading “Freshman Hanes delivers big for Ohio State senior class in NCAA win”