Inside the VolleyMetrics: Possible major shakeup in rankings after this weekend

[Editor’s note: Off the Block is partnering with VolleyMetrics this season to provide the volleyball community with an in-depth analysis at the stats and in-match metrics for college men’s volleyball. The following analysis is from VolleyMetrics.]

This is a week for those teams just outside of the top 10 and the top 15 to be able to make some movement and shake up the national rankings. Continue reading

Video: UCI’s Hershko, Kniffin discuss beating No. 8/7 UCSB

No. 4/3 UC Irvine snapped its two-match losing streak as it defeated No. 8/7 UC Santa Barbara 25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22 on Saturday in Irvine, California.

Check out Off the Block special contributor Jonathan Bates and Brendan Yu of News University postmatch interviews with All-American outside attacker Tamhir Hershko and UC Irvine coach David Kniffin. Continue reading

Video: Hershko dominant in UC Irvine home win vs. UCSB

All-American outside attacker Tamir Hershko had both a match-high 19 kills on one attack error and 12 digs as No. 4/3 UC Irvine defeated No. 8/7 UC Santa Barbara in four games on Saturday in Irvine, California.

Check out the video highlights from this MPSF match filmed by Off the Block special contributor Jonathan Bates. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The biggest non-conference weekend in college men’s volleyball continues with multiple match-ups against nationally ranked teams.

No. 3 Loyola and No. 2 UC Irvine will meet in a rematch from last year’s postseason with both teams trying to get a signature non-conference victory. In addition, No. 1 BYU will attempt to avoid upset as it plays host to No. 14 George Mason. Continue reading