Top 10 college men’s volleyball storylines from the off-season

A lot has happened in college men’s volleyball since UC Irvine won the NCAA championship in May.

The 2013 off-season has seen everything from major shake-ups to the NCAA Tournament and conference alignments to big non-conference matches being scheduled and new national awards added for the upcoming season. Check out the top 10 college men’s volleyball shorelines from the off-season.
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UC Santa Barbara Invitational changes format for 2014 season

The UC Santa Barbara Invitational on its 40th anniversary will have a revamped look for the 2014 season.

UC Santa Barbara coach Rick McLaughlin said Wednesday that the annual non-conference tournament will undergo numerous format changes for the upcoming season including adding a pool-play round and decreasing the matches counting towards a team’s overall season record.
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UC Irvine beats UCLA to repeat as UC Santa Barbara Invite champions

Outside attacker Connor Hughes stepped up when No. 1 UC Irvine need him the most in the championship match of the UC Santa Barbara Invitational.

With No. 6 UCLA leading UC Irvine 13-12 in the decisive fifth game, Hughes had two kills and a block on the final three plays of the match as the Anteaters rallied to beat Bruins 25-17, 25-17, 24-2, 25-24, 15-13 on Saturday in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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Top 5 men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Opening day is here and within the first hours of the season chaos has already hit the national rankings.

The UC Santa Barbara Invitational continues tonight with two semifinals matches, while No. 5 Lewis looks to recover in the tournament’s consolation bracket after being upset. In addition, BYU looks to begin its run at a conference title as it opens MPSF play.

Check out the top five men’s volleyball matches from around the nation to follow tonight.
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Top 10 non-conference matches to follow in 2013 season

The 2013 college men’s volleyball season begins this week and there are plenty of intriguing non-conference matches to keep an eye on throughout entire regular season.

Everything from early season matches that could be previews of Final Four matches to underdog teams traveling out west looking for a signature victory highlights the non-conference lineup this year.

Off the Block dissected all the NCAA Division I-II teams’ non-conference schedules to come up with the top 10 non-conference matches for fans to follow during the 2013 season.
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Clark, Dejno pound Anteaters past Bruins for UCSB Invite title

UC Irvine’s outside attackers lived up to the preseason hype and lifted the No. 2 Anteaters to the UC Santa Barbara Invitational championship.

All three of the Anteaters starting outside attackers had more than 10 kills as UC Irvine defeated No. 3 UCLA 23-25, 25-21, 35-33, 25-18 in the UC Santa Barbara Invitational championship match on Saturday.
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Off the Block launches UCSB Invitational Bracket Challenge

Volleyball fans can now fill out and submit their brackets for the Off the Block UC Santa Barbara Invitational Bracket Challenge.

The Off the Block UC Santa Barbara Invitational Bracket Challenge is a new contest that gives fans the opportunity to predict who will win the matches at one of the biggest non-conference tournaments.
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