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

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The postseason is not here yet, but several matches tonight will have a definite postseason feel.

No. 1 Hawai’i will attempt to maintain its hold on first place in the MPSF as it opens a two-match series against No. 6 BYU. In addition, No. 12 UCLA and No. 14 Stanford will play each other with a postseason berth on the line. Check out all the college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight. Continue reading

Video: No. 1 Hawai’i pulls off road comeback vs. No. 12 UCLA

No. 1 Hawai’i had to make a big comeback but finished the night clinching its first postseason home match in five years.

All-American middle attacker Taylor Averill had a team-high six blocks and added 16 kills as Hawai’i rallied to beat No. 12 UCLA 22-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19, 15-8 on Monday in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Video: No. 9 USC beats rival No. 12 UCLA in marathon match

Middle attacker Andy Benesh had a team-high 13 kills on a .600 attack percentage to help No. 9 USC defeat its crosstown rival No. 12 UCLA 19-25, 25-22, 14-25, 25-22, 15-11 on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Check out the video highlights of the rivalry match shot by Off the Block special contributor Jonathan Bates. Continue reading

New college men’s volleyball award to be named after Kiraly

The National Outside Attacker of the Year award will be renamed to honor one of the best players in the history of college men’s volleyball and USA Volleyball.

Off the Block announced Tuesday that the newest college men’s volleyball national award will be named after former UCLA All-American outside attacker and Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly. Continue reading