Bracketology: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria

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. Continue reading “Bracketology: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria”

Harvard to open 2019 season on road against UC Santa Barbara

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot and Harvard athletics

[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. Harvard versus UC Santa Barbara is ranked No. 8 on the list.]

Harvard after concluding last season winning its first EIVA championship will open the 2019 season with a chance at another program first. Continue reading “Harvard to open 2019 season on road against UC Santa Barbara”

Club team featuring eight NCAA recruits wins USA Volleyball national title

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”

The Breakdown: How Big West teams fared versus their former MPSF rivals

Jonathan Bates | Off the Block associate editor

All regular season matches between the Big West and MPSF are now in the history book. The Big West went 28-18 versus the MPSF, due in part to the 9-3 record posted by UC Irvine and the 6-0 record posted by Long Beach State. Big West teams were 16-9 at home, while 11-9 on the road.

This is the inaugural season of the Big West as a men’s volleyball conference. The addition of the Big West resulted in a split in the MPSF with six Big West schools leaving the federation during the offseason.

Check out the team-by-team breakdown of Big West schools fared against the MPSF opponents in non-conference play this season.

UCI LBSU Hawai’i UCSB CSUN UCSD
at UCLA L at Stan W vs USC W vs Stan W at Stan W vs UCLA L
vs USC W vs Stan W vs GCU W at Pepp W vs CUI L vs CUI W
at Pepp W vs USC W vs UCLA W at BYU W at UCLA L at GCU L
at GCU W vs CUI W vs UCLA L at BYU L vs Stan W vs Stan L
at CUI W vs UCLA W vs CUI W vs Pepp L at CUI L vs BYU L
vs BYU W at UCLA W vs CUI W at USC W at CUI L
vs BYU W vs BYU L at UCLA L vs USC W
vs Stan W at Pepp L at Stan L
vs UCLA L
vs Pepp L
at Stan W
at USC W
Overall 9-3 6-0 5-3 4-3 2-3 2-6 28-18
Home 4-2 4-0 4-2 1-1 1-1 2-3 16-9
Away 5-1 2-0 0-1 3-2 1-2 0-3 11-9
Neutral 1-0 1-0