Yes, Long Beach State and Hawai’i have likely locked-up the top-two seeds for the NCAA Tournament, but there are still plenty of tight races remaining one month before the bracket is unveiled.
Off the Block crunched the numbers using the same criteria as the selection committee to show how the top teams in the nation fare against each other in the race for the two at-large bids and NCAA Tournament positioning.
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Setter Joe Worsley guided No. 2/2 Hawai’i to a .529 attack percentage as it beat No. 3/3 UC Irvine 25-13, 25-22, 25-20 on Saturday in Irvine, California, to complete the two-match series sweep.
Continue reading “Video highlights: Hawai’i dismantles UC Irvine in series finale sweep”
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There are plenty of compelling matches this weekend across all levels of college men’s volleyball.
Check out the Off the Block National Matches of the Weekend for NCAA Division I-II, NCAA Division III and NAIA men’s volleyball.
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Check out the postmatch news conference with No. 4/4 UC Irvine following its five-game win versus No. 15 USC on Saturday.
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Following an early exit from the NCAA Tournament last season, it’s tempting to say UC Irvine is entering the 2019 season looking to rectify that loss from the previous season.
Coach David Kniffin, now entering his seventh year at the helm, said as much in the team’s postgame news conference after the season-ending loss to Ohio State, noting that it felt like “unfinished business.”
Continue reading “Asian tour gives UC Irvine head start to 2019 season”
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There’s no question who is the preseason favorite to win the national title.
The defending NCAA champions Long Beach State received every first-place vote to finish atop the preseason AVCA National Coaches Poll that was released on Tuesday.
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Loyola isn’t wasting any time in the 2019 season playing a marquee non-conference match.
The defending co-MIVA regular season champions announced on Sunday that it will play UC Irvine in its season opener on Jan. 4 in Chicago.
Continue reading “Massive season opener set: Loyola to play host to UC Irvine”
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[Editor’s note: Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA is presenting The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches. This list spotlights the best non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams in 2019 and will be the first time several of these matches have been publicly announced. George Mason versus UC Irvine is ranked No. 2 on the list.]
George Mason will get a shot on its home court next season to end the 24-year drought against a likely preseason top-10 nationally ranked team.
Continue reading “George Mason schedules home match vs. UC Irvine for 2019”
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[Editor’s note: Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA is presenting The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches. This list spotlights the best non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams in 2019 and will be the first time several of these matches have been publicly announced. Charleston versus UC Irvine is ranked No. 13 on the list.]
The second time traveling out west in Charleston’s program history will feature a match against a likely top-10 national ranked team.
Continue reading “Charleston schedules 2019 non-conference match vs. UC Irvine”
The club careers for eight incoming NCAA men’s volleyball freshmen now includes leading their program to an unprecedented fourth straight national title.
The Southern California team 949 B12 Black swept Balboa Bay 25-16, 25-21 in the Open 18 Division championship match at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship earlier this week in Phoenix, Arizona.
Continue reading “Club team featuring eight NCAA recruits wins USA Volleyball national title”