Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Everything including rematches from last year’s postseason to near must-win matches for several teams is on the college men’s volleyball slate tonight.

No. 2 Lewis will attempt to add to winless No. 15 Penn State’s early-season woes as both teams meet in a critical non-conference match. In addition, out on West Coast No. 8 UC Santa Barbara will play No. 4 BYU with a chance to pull off a program first in the rally scoring era. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Almost every possible type of marquee match-up is set to take place tonight.

Three matches that feature both teams in the top 10 of the nationally rankings highlight the start to the weekend in the MSPF. In addition, the newest non-conference event, the Off the Block East vs. Midwest Challenge, opens with IPFW playing host to St. Francis. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The season’s biggest weekend for non-conference matches gets even bigger tonight.

No. 10 Stanford will play host to No. 2 Loyola at the AVCA Showcase in a rematch of last season’s NCAA championship match that will be nationally televised on the PAC-12 Network. In addition, No. 4 UC Santa Barbara and No. 9 Lewis will attempt to remain undefeated as both teams play nationally ranked teams tonight. Continue reading

Bracketology: Who could benefit the most from this week’s matches

Don’t be fooled by the calendar — the match results from this second week of the season could have huge ramifications on the outcome of Selection Saturday in May.

With the selection committee placing an emphasis in the off-season on teams scheduling more non-conference matches, this week will be feature the most non-conference matches at any point during the entire season. Continue reading

Off the Block releases watch list for 2015 Lloy Ball Award

Fourteen college men’s volleyball players have been selected to the 2015 watch list for the annual Lloy Ball Award.

Off the Block on Tuesday unveiled the watch list for the national award that is presented to the best setter in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season. Continue reading

Pepperdine shatters conference record in MPSF preseason poll

Pepperdine will enter the upcoming season as an unprecedented overwhelming favorite to win its first MPSF championship since 2007.

The Waves in the MPSF preseason coaches poll released Thursday received all but one first-place vote and set the conference record for largest point margin between the top two teams.

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2015 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams released

A nationwide voting committee selected 22 players to the annual Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams recognizes the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players projected to be the best in the nation during the upcoming season. Continue reading

St. Francis to open 2015 season on road vs. UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara and St. Francis will both open the upcoming season with a first in their programs’ histories.

St. Francis as part of recently unveiling its 2015 regular season schedule announced it will play its season-opener on the road against UC Santa Barbara in the first meeting between the two teams.
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