Bracketology: Team comparisons using NCAA selection committee criteria

With about a month until Selection Saturday, the bracketology season is officially upon us.

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

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

First place is not only on the line in one conference but in three conferences tonight.

No. 3 UC Irvine will try to take sole possession of first place in the MPSF as it travels to play No. 5 Pepperdine. In addition, Pfeiffer and Erskine will play each other in a possible preview of the Conference Carolinas championship match. Continue reading

Postmatch reaction: Pfeiffer coach discusses win vs. King

Pfeiffer continued its recent offensive dominance and extended its first-place lead in the Conference Carolinas as it swept King 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 on Wednesday.

The Falcons in the victory out-hit the Tornado .382 to .215 for their fourth consecutive match with more than a .300 attack percentage. In addition, Pfeiffer outside attacker Jonathan Martinez had a match-high 13 kills, while outside attacker Wyatt Hamilton added 11 kills. Continue reading

Conference tournament semifinal matches to follow tonight

The postseason resumes this evening with four teams still in contention for the Conference Carolinas’ first automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 1 seed Erskine after winning the conference regular season title will play host to No. 5 Barton in its Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals match. In addition, the No. 2 seed Pfeiffer and the No. 3 seed Mount Olive will face each other in the other semifinal.

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Mount Olive picked to win Conference Carolinas championship

Mount Olive will open its season this week as the official preseason favorite to win the Conference Carolinas championship.

The defending Conference Carolinas regular season champion Trojans received five of eight first-place votes to finish atop the conference’s preseason coaches poll that was released Monday.

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Off the Block releases watch list for 2014 Lloy Ball Award

Sixteen college men’s volleyball players have been selected to the 2014 watch list for a new national award.

Off the Block on Tuesday afternoon unveiled its watch list for the inaugural Lloy Ball Award.

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Top 10 storylines from college men’s volleyball during the summer

So much for a quiet off-season summer in college men’s volleyball.

The last three months produced everything from the announcement of what conferences will have to participate in the new NCAA Tournament play-in match to schools scheduling big non-conference matches for the upcoming season. Check out the top 10 college men’s volleyball storylines from the summer.

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Conference Carolinas champions Pfeiffer hires Lawson as head coach

A former professional player from the European Volleyball League will take over a program that has won back-to-back Conference Carolinas championships.

Pfeiffer after almost a month-long nationwide search announced Monday that it hired Paul Lawson to be its new men’s volleyball coach head coach.
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