Cal Baptist releases 2012 schedule: 5 things to know about this schedule

More matches against Division I-II nationally ranked teams and two non-conference tournaments on the East Coast highlights the 2012 Cal Baptist regular season schedule that the team released Friday.

Cal Baptist last year in its final season as an NAIA team won the NAIA national championship. The Lancers enter the second year of their transition to the NCAA Division II and will be considered a NCAA provisional member ineligible for postseason competition in 2012.

Cal Baptist has four starters returning for the upcoming season, including the 2011 NAIA Player of the Year Levi Cabral.
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Ohio State releases 2012 schedule: 5 things to know about this schedule

A potential rematch of last season’s national title match and playing home matches against two MPSF schools highlights the 2012 Ohio State regular season schedule that the team released Tuesday.

Ohio State won 2011 NCAA championship and became to the first Midwest school in NCAA men’s volleyball history to legally win the national title. The Buckeyes have three returning starters for the upcoming season, including All-American outside attacker Shawn Sangrey.

Check out the five things to take away from Ohio State’s schedule for the 2012 season.
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Penn State releases 2012 schedule: 5 things to know about this schedule

Five matches against MPSF teams and opening the season against the defending NCAA champions Ohio State highlights the 2012 Penn State regular season schedule that the team released Wednesday.

Penn State last season won its 13th consecutive EIVA championship and lost in the NCAA Tournament semifinals to Ohio State. The Nittany Lions have six starters returning for the upcoming season, including All-American outside attacker Joe Sunder.

Check out the five things to know about Penn State’s schedule for the upcoming season.
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Q&A with Penn State coach Mark Pavlik

For the first time in five years, the No. 7 Penn State men’s volleyball team will play a regular season home match against a team from the MPSF.

The Nittany Lions will play No. 8 UC Irvine at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Cal State Northridge at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. In addition, No. 9 Ohio State will travel to University Park, Pa., this weekend to play these two West Coast teams at Rec Hall.

Penn State (6-1, 2-0 EIVA) traditionally travels to the West Coast twice per season to play top ranked MPSF schools. However, UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge this weekend will become the first MPSF teams since Long Beach State in 2006 to play a regular season match at Penn State.

Off the Block conducted an interview with Penn State coach Mark Pavlik earlier this week to discuss the upcoming home matches this weekend.
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