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

UCLA recruit Ma’a stellar serving lifts U.S. past China

UCLA recruit Micah Ma’a even coming off the bench in the United States’ tournament-finale continued to be more than efficient from the service line.

Ma’a had a match-high five aces as the United States swept China 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 on Sunday in Argentina to finish the FIVB Youth World Championship in seventh place. Continue reading

LBSU recruit Ensing powers U.S. into Youth World Championship quarterfinals

For the first time in the tournament’s history, the United States is moving to the quarterfinals at the FIVB Boys Youth World Championship.

Long Beach State incoming recruit Kyle Ensing finished with a match-high 15 kills and added four aces as the United States swept Mexico 25-18, 25-16, 25-22 in the Round of 16 on Wednesday in Argentina. Continue reading

UCLA recruit Ma’a clutch performance helps U.S. beat Belgium

For the second consecutive day, the United States won in a decisive fifth game at the FIVB Youth World Championship — it just needed overtime to secure this victory.

The United States survived a late-game comeback and Belgium fighting off multiple match-points in overtime before winning 25-20, 17-25, 25-18, 21-25, 19-17 on Saturday in Argentina. Continue reading

Penn State schedules home matches vs. UCLA, USC to open 2016 season

The site of the 2016 NCAA Tournament will also be the location for one of the biggest non-conference events at the start of the upcoming season.

Penn State coach Mark Pavlik said in a recent with Off the Block that his team will open the season with a home non-conference showcase featuring Ohio State, UCLA and USC. Continue reading