Inside the VolleyMetrics: Possible major shakeup in rankings after this weekend

[Editor’s note: Off the Block is partnering with VolleyMetrics this season to provide the volleyball community with an in-depth analysis at the stats and in-match metrics for college men’s volleyball. The following analysis is from VolleyMetrics.]

This is a week for those teams just outside of the top 10 and the top 15 to be able to make some movement and shake up the national rankings. Continue reading

Top 15 college men’s volleyball headlines from the off-season

It’s been eight long, and at times chaotic, months to the college men’s volleyball off-season but the new season is finally within everyone’s grasp.

Check out the top 15 news items from college men’s volleyball off-season that you need to know about before the 2016 season begins in January. Continue reading

U.S. beats Japan to claim pool title at World Championship

The United States rallied and now has a pool championship while remaining in contention for a top-10 finish at the FIVB U-21 World Championship.

USC middle attacker Andy Benesh finished with both a match-high 12 kills and five blocks as the United States beat Japan 25-23, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23 on Thursday in Mexico to go undefeated in Pool G. Continue reading

USC’s Benesh leads U.S. to fifth-game OT win vs. Iran

USC middle attacker Andy Benesh showed why the U.S. coaching staff had such high praise for its middle attackers entering the FIVB U-21 World Championship.

Benesh finished with a match-high 17 kills and added three blocks as the United States defeated Iran 25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 24-26, 16-14 on Tuesday in Mexico for its first victory at the international tournament. Continue reading

USC’s Benesh leads U.S. to near-comeback win vs. Argentina

USC middle attacker Andy Benesh even in an U.S. near-comeback loss was difficult to contain both on offense and defense.

Benesh had a team-high 17 kills and six blocks as the United States rallied a two-game deficit before losing to Argentina 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 22-25, 15-10 in its FIVB U-21 World Championship pool-play opener on Friday in Mexico. Continue reading