Four finalists unveiled for 2016 OTB/Springbak National Server of Year

A nationwide voting committee selected four finalists for the 2016 Off the Block/Springback, Inc. National Server of the Year.

Off the Block announced Tuesday that Coker outside attacker Artur Cabral, CSUN outside attacker Dimitar Kalchev, UCLA setter Micah Ma’a and UC Irvine opposite Michael Saeta were named finalists for the national award. Continue reading

Video: Hershko returns in No. 14 UC Irvine sweep of USC

All-American outside attacker Tamir Hershko in his return to the court after missing almost two months with an injury had six kills and hit .625 as No. 14 UC Irvine swept USC on Sunday.

Check out the video highlights filmed by Off the Block special contributor Jonathan Bates of this conference win to keep the Anteaters in contention for a postseason berth. Continue reading

Long Beach State moves up in strength of schedule rankings

The only positive from No. 5/5 Long Beach State’s weekend loss is the latest strength of schedule rankings.

Long Beach State following its home loss to No. 1/1 UCLA jumped to No. 4 and is now has highest strength of schedule ranking among teams projected in Off the Block’s bracketology to be under NCAA Tournament consideration. Continue reading