Audio: Penn State coach Pavlik previews EIVA Tournament finals

Despite all the injuries and having a starting lineup primarily of underclassmen, Penn State is one win away from a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Penn State will play the conference’s regular season champions Princeton in the EIVA Tournament finals at 7 p.m. in Princeton, New Jersey. Check out Off the Block’s prematch interview with coach Mark Pavlik. Continue reading “Audio: Penn State coach Pavlik previews EIVA Tournament finals”

EIVA Tournament: Possible seeding scenarios, postseason berths

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Two weeks remain in the EIVA regular season, and the seeding scenarios are still wide open for the EIVA Tournament.

The EIVA Tournament is the toughest conference tournament to make in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball. Unlike other conferences where all or the overwhelming majority of teams make the postseason, only the top four teams in the EIVA make its tournament.

The EIVA regular season championship also gets to serve as the host site for the entire conference tournament — both the semifinals and finals.

Check out the current standings and the possible seeding scenarios for the EIVA teams remaining in postseason contention. Continue reading “EIVA Tournament: Possible seeding scenarios, postseason berths”

Video highlights: USC beats Penn State #CincoSets

No. 11 USC needed five games to pull out a victory in the second match of the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge on Friday.

The Trojans out-hit the Nittany Lions .377 to .256 and were led by opposite Ryan Moss’s season-best 23 kills (on a .513 attack percentage). Penn State was paced by Brett Wildman’s 16 kills from off the bench.

Check out to the highlights of this #CincoSets non-conference match

Continue reading “Video highlights: USC beats Penn State #CincoSets”

Audio: Pavlik optimistic about Penn State’s play entering showdown vs. No. 1/1 Long Beach State

Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes had an opportunity earlier this week to participate in Penn State coach Mark Pavlik’s weekly media availability. Listen the news conference as Pavlik discusses the positive mindset of his team entering its match against No. 1/1 Long Beach State and what makes the 49ers so difficult to stop. Continue reading “Audio: Pavlik optimistic about Penn State’s play entering showdown vs. No. 1/1 Long Beach State”

Quick-hits: What to know about EIVA teams for 2019 season

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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 EIVA.]

Forget about top-15 preseason nationally coaches poll that for the first time in recent history did not include an EIVA team.

The EIVA could have several team posed for big breakout seasons. Continue reading “Quick-hits: What to know about EIVA teams for 2019 season”

Schedule rankings: Top 15 non-conference matches for EIVA teams in 2019

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Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA presented throughout the fall The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches that ranked the league’s marquee matches set for the 2019 season

Check out what the Off the Block editors selected as the top non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams during the upcoming season. Continue reading “Schedule rankings: Top 15 non-conference matches for EIVA teams in 2019”

Penn State, Loyola to renew non-conference series in 2019

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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 Loyola is ranked No. 3 on the list.]

Two of the nation’s top underclassmen setters from last season will go head-to-head next year. Continue reading “Penn State, Loyola to renew non-conference series in 2019”

Penn State, Ohio State set up historically early showdown

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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”