Off the Block releases watch list for inaugural Bryan Ivie Award

Twelve college men’s volleyball players have been selected to the 2015 watch list for a new national award this upcoming season.

Off the Block on Monday announced the watch list for the inaugural Bryan Ivie Award, which is presented to the best opposite in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. Continue reading

2015 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams released

A nationwide voting committee selected 22 players to the annual Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams recognizes the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players projected to be the best in the nation during the upcoming season. Continue reading

Bracketology: Top 5 MPSF teams’ non-conference schedules for 2015

The season is still about two months away but several MPSF teams already have an advantage over other conference opponents in the race for a spot in the NCAA Tournament because of their non-conference schedules.

Off the Block using the same criteria as the NCAA Tournament selection committee analyzed non-conference schedules of MPSF teams that have released their complete 2015 schedules to determine what teams could have an advantage come Selection Saturday.

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UC Irvine sets non-conference schedule with NCAA Tournament in mind

Coach David Kniffin created a non-conference schedule that could give UC Irvine a significant advantage come Selection Saturday.

UC Irvine announced Monday that it will compete in seven non-conference matches during the upcoming season — the most of any MPSF team that so far has released its 2015 schedule.
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UC Irvine, Lewis to meet for second straight year in season opener

Coach Dan Friend has once again made Lewis’ non-conference schedule challenging right from the start of the season.

For the second consecutive year, Lewis and UC Irvine will play in the nation’s first college men’s volleyball non-conference match of the season as the Flyers will play a road match against the Anteaters.

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UC Irvine to make Outrigger Invitational debut in 2015

There will be a new team at one of the most prestigious non-conference tournaments in college men’s volleyball next season.

UC Irvine will make its first appearance in program history at the upcoming Outrigger Invitational, which had its four-team tournament field unveiled earlier this week.

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UC Irvine’s La Cavera powers U.S. past Puerto Rico in Pan Am semifinals

A career night from UC Irvine opposite ZacK La Cavera has put the United States into the championship match of an international tournament.

La Cavera led all players with a tournament-high 20 kills as the United States swept Puerto Rico 28-26, 25-22, 26-24 in the semifinals of the IX Men’s Pan American Cup on Friday in Mexico.
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U.S. releases roster for upcoming Pan American Cup tournament

An All-American libero and two All-American middle attackers will be among the current college men’s volleyball representing the United States at the IX Men’s Pan American Cup.

USA Volleyball announced Friday that UC Irvine libero Michael Brinkley, Hawai’i middle attacker Tyler Averill, Loyola middle attacker Nicholas Olson and UC Irvine opposite Zack La Cavera were selected to the U.S. roster for the upcoming international tournament.
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Q&A with UC Irvine coach Kniffin on growing college men’s volleyball

UC Irvine coach David Kniffin has a vision for what college men’s volleyball can be in the future.

Kniffin said in a recent interview with Off the Block that UC Irvine and every other MPSF team have an even bigger opportunity now to help accelerate the growth of college men’s volleyball.

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