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

Projected top 10 college men’s volleyball teams for 2016 season

The on-campus championship celebration for Loyola hasn’t even happened yet, but it’s time to start looking forward to the 2016 season.

Check out Off the Block’s early projections at what teams will be in the top top 10 of the preseason national rankings for the upcoming season that is eight months away from starting. Continue reading

Conference tournament quarterfinal matches to follow tonight

The busiest day in the college men’s volleyball postseason is here with the MIVA Tournament and MPSF Tournament getting underway.

Pepperdine playing host to UC Santa Barbara highlights the four MPSF Tournament quarterfinals tonight. In addition, BYU after pulling off two upsets last week will attempt to pull off another one as it travels to USC. Continue reading

2015 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team released

A nationwide voting committee selected eight players to the annual Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team honors the top NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshmen players from the regular season. It is also the only Freshmen All-American Team presented in college men’s volleyball. Continue reading

Video: No. 12 UCLA sweeps No. 14 Stanford to clinch postseason berth

Freshman outside attacker J.T. Hatch had a match-high 16 kills as No. 12 UCLA swept No. 14 Stanford 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 on Friday in Palo Alto, California to clinch the final berth in the eight-team MPSF Tournament.

Check out the video highlights of the conference match shot by Off the Block special contributor Ted Wang. Continue reading