Finalists announced for Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year

A nationwide voting committee selected UCLA outside attacker Gonzalo Quiroga, Penn State outside attacker Aaron Russell, BYU outside attacker Taylor Sander and Loyola outside attacker Joseph Smalzer as finalists for the 2014 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year recognizes the top individual serving performance from a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player during the regular season. Continue reading

Bracketology: Who teams should root for in conference tournaments

The decision of what teams earn the two at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament could be greatly influenced by conference tournament matches not involving those teams or even their conference.

Of the all the pieces of criteria used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee the one with greatest fluidity is record against teams already qualified for the NCAA Tournament or under consideration for an at-large bid.

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NCAA Tournament Projections: Latest college men’s volleyball bracketology

Tons of upsets and losses last week created a complete upheaval in the newest college men’s volleyball bracketology.

Off the Block each week during the rest of the regular season and throughout each round of the postseason will unveil its latest projections to the NCAA Tournament.

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Top 5 college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The postseason is getting even closer and several matches tonight will go a long way to determine the conference tournament seeding.

No. 10 Hawai’i will try to pull off the upset and move a step closer to reaching the postseason as it plays host No. 2 BYU. In addition, Penn State and Harvard will meet with first place in the EIVA on the line.
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NCAA Tournament Projections: Latest college men’s volleyball bracketology

It’s less than four weeks until Selection Sunday and the races for seeding and at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament have gotten even tighter.

Off the Block each week during the rest of the regular season and throughout each round of the postseason will unveil its latest projections to the NCAA Tournament.
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Top 5 college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The muddled conference tournament seeding races and battle for the at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament could get a lot clearer following tonight.

No. 2 BYU has a chance to move one step closer to winning its second consecutive MPSF regular season title as it plays host to No. 6 UC Santa Barbara. In addition out in the East Coast, Penn State looks to cement its hold on first-place in the EIVA and pick-up a conference home victory against Princeton.

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NCAA Tournament Projections: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria

With Selection Sunday almost a month away, the races for the at-large bids and NCAA Tournament seeding is getting tighter but the teams on the bubble still in contention remains unprecedentedly large.

Off the Block has crunched the numbers using the same criteria as the selection committee to show how the top teams in the nation fare against each other in the race for the two at-large bids and NCAA Tournament seeding. Continue reading