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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Top 25 reasons to be excited about 2015 NCAA volleyball season

It’s the start of October and that means three months remain before the start of the 2015 college men’s volleyball season.

With the regular season set to begin in less than 100 days, there are plenty of reasons to have excited anticipation. Check out 25 reasons to be excited about the 2015 season.

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Conference tournament semifinal matches to follow tonight

Four matches tonight will go a long way to determine the NCAA Tournament field as the conference tournament resume in the MPSF and EIVA.

Pepperdine and Stanford in a match-up between two of the top-five ranked teams in the nation highlight the slate of conference tournament semifinal matches. In addition, out in the East Coast it will be an All-Ivy League battle in the EIVA Tournament semifinals as Princeton and Harvard play each other.

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Initial look at the conference tournament semifinal matches

The conference tournament quarterfinals have wrapped-up and only 12 teams remain in control their own fate to reach the NCAA Tournament.

The postseason continue later this week with the EIVA, MIVA and MPSF Tournament semifinal matches. Check out the initial look and the historical stats to know about every conference tournament semifinal match.

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Bracketology: Team comparisons using NCAA selection committee criteria

The opening round of the conference tournaments has dramatically changed the at-large bid and seeding races for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Off the Block has 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 seeding. Continue reading

Video: UCSB beat UCLA in epic fifth-game to advance to MPSF semifinals

The first postseason home match for UC Santa Barbara in seven years lived up to the hype.

The No. 4 seed UC Santa Barbara playing in front of a sold-out 2,000 person crowd rallied to beat the No. 5 seed UCLA 23-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20, 15-12 on Saturday in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals.

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Video: Reaction, analysis to MPSF Tournament quarterfinals

The opening round of the MPSF Tournament had everything from two epic fifth game matches to a team resounding emphatically to a late-season slide.

Check out Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes breakdown the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals and what to expect in the conference tournament semifinals on Thursday. Continue reading