Video: Ohio State edges UC Irvine in fifth-game OT to advance to VolleyFour

Freshman opposite Jake Hanes had a match-high 22 kills and set a NCAA Tournament single-match record with eight aces as Ohio State beat UC Irvine on Tuesday.

Check out the video highlights of this NCAA Tournament first-round match filmed by Off the Block associate editor Jonathan Bates. Continue reading “Video: Ohio State edges UC Irvine in fifth-game OT to advance to VolleyFour”

Freshman Hanes delivers big for Ohio State senior class in NCAA win

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Brendan Yu | Off the Block special contributor

The NCAA Tournament first round on Tuesday in the Pauley Pavilion featured a slugfest between two heavyweights in the world of men’s volleyball – UC Irvine and Ohio State – whom together have combined for seven of the last 10 national championships. But while the Anteaters held more titles than the Buckeyes (4-3), the recent success of both programs couldn’t have been more different. Continue reading “Freshman Hanes delivers big for Ohio State senior class in NCAA win”

Szerszen, Hanes propel Ohio State to epic NCAA Tournament win

Photo by Jonathan Bates

Outside attacker Nicolas Szerszen delivered at least one more memorable performance in his All-American college career.

The senior had the match-winning kill in a fifth-game overtime as Ohio State defeated UC Irvine 25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 22-25, 16-14 in the NCAA Tournament first round on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Continue reading “Szerszen, Hanes propel Ohio State to epic NCAA Tournament win”

Audio: UC Irvine coach Kniffin discusses trying path to NCAA Tourney

Off the Block leading up to the NCAA Tournament interviewed UC Irvine coach David Kniffin last week. Listen to the interview as the coach discusses his team earning the final at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, his philosophy of scheduling and the emergence of Freshmen All-American outside attacker Joel Schneidmiller.

UC Irvine will play Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament first round on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Continue reading “Audio: UC Irvine coach Kniffin discusses trying path to NCAA Tourney”

OTB, Springbak unveil 2018 Freshmen All-American Team


A nationwide voting committee selected 10 players to the annual Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team honors the top NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshmen players from the regular season. This is the fifth year Off the Block and Springbak, Inc. have presented the national honor, and it remains the only Freshmen All-American Team presented in college men’s volleyball. Continue reading “OTB, Springbak unveil 2018 Freshmen All-American Team”