Quick-hits: What to know about MIVA 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 MIVA.]

The MIVA has all the makings this season for the most chaotic conference in college men’s volleyball.

Four teams received at least one first-place vote in the MIVA Preseason Poll that was released earlier this month. Continue reading “Quick-hits: What to know about MIVA teams for 2019 season”

Cumberland University to host 2019 Grow the Game Challenge

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The nation’s largest college men’s volleyball non-conference tournament is coming to Middle Tennessee in 2019.

Off the Block announced Thursday that Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, will be the host site for the Off the Block Grow the Game Challenge on Jan. 18-20. Continue reading “Cumberland University to host 2019 Grow the Game Challenge”

Quincy bolsters non-conference slate, to compete in 2019 Grow the Game Challenge

[Editor’s note: Off the Block each day from Aug. 6-15 will unveil one team participating in the 2019 Grow the Game Challenge. The entire tournament field and match schedule will be unveiled Thursday, Aug. 16.]

A program that has won at least 10 non-conference matches in six seasons this decade will make its debut at the nation’s largest college men’s volleyball non-conference tournament next season. Continue reading “Quincy bolsters non-conference slate, to compete in 2019 Grow the Game Challenge”

Candidates to consider for new MIVA Hall of Fame

More than 50 years as a conference can create quite a pool of worthy candidates for a new Hall of Fame.

The MIVA recently announced that it established the MIVA Hall of Fame with the inaugural class scheduled to be inducted later this year. Below is a list of all the players, coaches and contributors who have a case for Hall of Fame consideration based on their multiple First-Team All-MIVA selections, MIVA Player of the Year honors or additional outstanding performances. Continue reading “Candidates to consider for new MIVA Hall of Fame”