It’s an extremely quiet preseason for a two-time defending NCAA champion, but that’s just the way UC Irvine prefers it this fall.
UC Irvine coach David Kniffin said Tuesday in an interview with Off the Block that he opted to scale back his team’s preseason schedule to give his players more rest following their postseason run last season.
All the bids are in, but where the men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament will be played in the upcoming seasons remain uncertain.
The NCAA on Wednesday is scheduled to announce the finalists and potentially the host sites for the 2015-18 NCAA Tournaments. While the NCAA did not reveal the names of the more than 20 bids submitted to host an upcoming men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament, there are several locations that could be ideal venues for the event.
There will be a Final Four feel right from the start of Lewis’ upcoming season.
Lewis announced earlier this week that it will open the season with five non-conference matches against the MPSF, including home matches against the two teams in last season’s NCAA finals: UC Irvine and BYU. Continue reading →
Four current college men’s volleyball players, including two All-Americans, have a chance to represent the United States at an upcoming international tournament.
USA Volleyball announced Wednesday that BYU outside attacker Taylor Sander, Pepperdine outside attacker Josh Taylor, UC Irvine libero Michael Brinkley and Long Beach State setter Connor Olbright were among the 18 players included on the U.S. preliminary roster for the Pan American Cup tournament. Continue reading →
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.
Add getting a home match against the two-time defending NCAA champions to the list of Ball State’s accomplishments this year.
Ball State coming off its first 20-win season in almost five years will play a home match against the national champions UC Irvine during the 2014 season, according to a recent report from WCRD Ball State play-by-play announcer CJ Allard. Continue reading →
There is a split decision this year to the National Player of the Year.
BYU outside attacker Taylor Sander was named the 2013 Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year — one month after the All-American junior lost the AVCA National Player of the Year honor to Long Beach State outside attacker Taylor Crabb. Continue reading →
After five days and almost 10,000 online votes, the four-player field is set for the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Fan Choice Player of the Year Championship Round.
The Fan Choice Player of the Year is an annual 65-player bracket-style tournament recognizes the best individual performances from NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players during the season and gives volleyball fans from around the world the chance decide the winner through online voting. Continue reading →