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”

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”

Bring on BYU: St. Francis schedules huge home match for 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. St. Francis vs. BYU is ranked No. 6 on the list.]

One of the biggest non-conference home matches in St. Francis program history is set for the opening weeks of the 2019 season. Continue reading “Bring on BYU: St. Francis schedules huge home match for 2019”

St. Francis schedules match vs. defending champs Long Beach

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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. St. Francis versus Long Beach State is ranked No. 11 on the list.]

Coach Mike Rumbaugh isn’t shying away from a tough non-conference match — he may have even scheduled the toughest possible match for St. Francis. Continue reading “St. Francis schedules match vs. defending champs Long Beach”