8-team field unveiled for 2016 UCSB Asics Invitational

The MIVA and EIVA will be well-represented at one of the biggest annual college men’s volleyball non-conference events to open the upcoming season.

UC Santa Barbara unveiled to Off the Block the eight-team field for its home tournament the 2016 Asics Invitational that will feature a record four non-West Coast teams. Continue reading

France stifles U.S run at World Championship top-10 finish

The winning streak and hopes of a top-10 finish are done for the United States at the FIVB U-21 World Championship.

The United States had its three-match winning streak snapped as it lost to France 25-22, 25-20, 16-25, 25-21 in the World Championship ninth-place semifinals on Saturday in Mexico. Continue reading

U.S. beats Japan to claim pool title at World Championship

The United States rallied and now has a pool championship while remaining in contention for a top-10 finish at the FIVB U-21 World Championship.

USC middle attacker Andy Benesh finished with both a match-high 12 kills and five blocks as the United States beat Japan 25-23, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23 on Thursday in Mexico to go undefeated in Pool G. Continue reading

Conference tournament quarterfinal matches to follow tonight

The busiest day in the college men’s volleyball postseason is here with the MIVA Tournament and MPSF Tournament getting underway.

Pepperdine playing host to UC Santa Barbara highlights the four MPSF Tournament quarterfinals tonight. In addition, BYU after pulling off two upsets last week will attempt to pull off another one as it travels to USC. Continue reading

2015 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team released

A nationwide voting committee selected eight 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. It is also the only Freshmen All-American Team presented in college men’s volleyball. Continue reading

Videos: USC completes comeback vs. UCSB in fifth game OT

Outside attacker Cristian Rivera had a match-high 20 kills and added 12 digs as No. 9 USC rallied from a two-game deficit to beat No. 7 UC Santa Barbara 23-25, 24-26, 25-20, 25-20, 16-14 on Friday in Los Angeles.

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