Top 25 reasons to be excited about 2015 NCAA volleyball season

It’s the start of October and that means three months remain before the start of the 2015 college men’s volleyball season.

With the regular season set to begin in less than 100 days, there are plenty of reasons to have excited anticipation. Check out 25 reasons to be excited about the 2015 season.

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Q&A with Penn State coach Pavlik on preparing for upcoming season

Four months until the start of the upcoming college men’s volleyball season and Penn State coach Mark Pavlik is already getting excited about all the possible line-up combinations he could use in 2015.

With all but one starter returning for the Nittany Lions, Pavlik said in a recent interview with Off the Block that Penn State’s depth could create several intriguing on-court possibilities next season.

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Team Comparison: Appearances in NCAA rally scoring era record book

The first-ever NCAA rally scoring era record book is out and several college men’s volleyball teams are prominently featured.

Penn State led all teams with its players appearing 12 times in the new NCAA Division I-II record book compiled and recently released by Off the Block.
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USC, Penn State All-Americans make roster for USA Volleyball Cup

Two current college men’s volleyball players will join the U.S. Men’s National Team for its upcoming series against Iran.

USA Volleyball announced earlier this week that USC setter Micah Christenson and Penn State outside attacker Aaron Russell were among the 14 players named to the U.S. roster for the USA Volleyball Cup.

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Penn State’s Russell helps U.S. secure World Championship berth

The only current college player on the U.S. roster stepped up in a championship match to help the United States clinch a berth to the World Championship.

Penn State All-American outside attacker Aaron Russell had seven kills and a match-high two aces as the United States swept Guatemala 25-18, 25-22, 25-15 on Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colorado to win the gold medal at NORCECA World Championship Qualifier.

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BYU, Loyola, Penn State among teams with biggest social media growth

The growth of college men’s volleyball on social media expanded exponentially during the most recent season.

A recent Off the Block study of NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball social media accounts revealed that the amount teams with at least 1,000 Twitter followers has more than doubled since the start of the 2014 season.

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Video: Reaction, analysis to NCAA Tournament semifinals

It was as crazy and dramatic as possible in the NCAA Tournament semifinals with both matches going to a decisive fifth game.

Check out Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes breakdown the two semifinal matches and what to take away heading into the NCAA finals between Loyola and Stanford. Continue reading

Jaeschke powers Loyola past Penn State, into NCAA finals

All-American outside attacker Thomas Jaeschke made sure the sold-out home crowd didn’t leave Gentile Arena disappointed.

Jaeschke had a match-high 24 kills as Loyola defeated Penn State 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-11 in front of 4,435 fans at the NCAA Tournament semifinals on Thursday in Chicago.

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