LBSU’s Ensing, UCSB’s Cherry named Co-National Freshman of Week

Two freshmen who helped lead their teams to critical late-season conference victories are now earning a national award for the first time in their college careers.

Off the Block announced Monday that Long Beach State outside attacker Kyle Ensing and UC Santa Barbara middle attacker Henri Cherry were named the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Co-National Freshman of the Week. Continue reading

Video: Hershko dominant in UC Irvine home win vs. UCSB

All-American outside attacker Tamir Hershko had both a match-high 19 kills on one attack error and 12 digs as No. 4/3 UC Irvine defeated No. 8/7 UC Santa Barbara in four games on Saturday in Irvine, California.

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

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