Four current college men’s volleyball players will represented the United States at the biggest international junior beach volleyball tournament of the year.
USA Volleyball announced Tuesday that the two beach volleyball pairs of UCLA outside attacker Jackson Bantle and Harvard outside attacker attacker Branden Clemens along with UCLA setter Hagen Smith and USC outside attacker Christopher Orenic will compete at the upcoming FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships. Continue reading →
When John Speraw was first introduced as the U.S. Men’s National Team head coach one year ago he said in his opening news conference the team would get younger and he would use the FIVB World League to experiment with his roster.
The youth movement and all the roster experiments have now paid off to the United States being one win away from a FIVB World League gold medal.
The hype around UCLA’s latest recruiting class just increased a little bit more.
UCLA incoming recruit outside attacker Jake Arnitz had a match-high 38 kills to help his high school team Esperanza defeat Laguna Beach 25-23, 19-25, 27-25, 18-25, 15-9 in the California state tournament section finals on Saturday.
Check out Off the Block special contributor Jonathan Bates’ postmatch interview with UCLA coach John Speraw following the team’s loss to UC Santa Barbara in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals on Saturday. Continue reading →
Check out all-conference outside attacker Evan Licht’s postmatch news after UC Santa Barbara rallied from a one-game deficit to defeat UCLA in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals on Saturday. Continue reading →
Check out UC Santa Barbara coach Rick McLaughlin’s postmatch news conference following his team’s five-game postseason victory against UCLA on Saturday. Video courtesy of Off the Block special contributor Jonathan Bates. Continue reading →
A nationwide voting committee selected UCLA outside attacker Gonzalo Quiroga, Penn State outside attacker Aaron Russell, BYU outside attacker Taylor Sander and Loyola outside attacker Joseph Smalzer as finalists for the 2014 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year.
The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year recognizes the top individual serving performance from a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball player during the regular season. Continue reading →
The decision of what teams earn the two at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament could be greatly influenced by conference tournament matches not involving those teams or even their conference.
Of the all the pieces of criteria used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee the one with greatest fluidity is record against teams already qualified for the NCAA Tournament or under consideration for an at-large bid.