Pepperdine shatters conference record in MPSF preseason poll

Pepperdine will enter the upcoming season as an unprecedented overwhelming favorite to win its first MPSF championship since 2007.

The Waves in the MPSF preseason coaches poll released Thursday received all but one first-place vote and set the conference record for largest point margin between the top two teams.

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2015 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams released

A nationwide voting committee selected 22 players to the annual Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams recognizes the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players projected to be the best in the nation during the upcoming season. Continue reading

USC lands four standout recruits from California

Four players with experience of making deep postseason runs at the high school and club levels have committed to play for USC.

USC announced during the weekend that high school seniors Ryan Moss, Tyler Resnick, Matt Douglas and Woody Cook all signed national letters of intent to join the Trojans beginning in the 2016 season.
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Off the Block to present inaugural Bryan Ivie Award in 2015 season

A national award named in honor of a two-time National Player of the Year recipient will be introduced to college men’s volleyball starting next season.

Off the Block announced Friday that it will present in 2015 the inaugural Bryan Ivie Award, which will be awarded to the best opposite in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season.

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Bracketology: Top 5 MPSF teams’ non-conference schedules for 2015

The season is still about two months away but several MPSF teams already have an advantage over other conference opponents in the race for a spot in the NCAA Tournament because of their non-conference schedules.

Off the Block using the same criteria as the NCAA Tournament selection committee analyzed non-conference schedules of MPSF teams that have released their complete 2015 schedules to determine what teams could have an advantage come Selection Saturday.

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USC coach elated to have Christenson back for senior season

When USC’s season ended in April, coach Bill Ferguson admittedly was not completely sure if his All-American setter Micah Christenson would come back for his senior season.

Ferguson said in a recent interview with Off the Block that before Christenson opted to return to USC, the two had several discussions during the off-season about the chances of the setter foregoing his final college season to play professionally overseas.

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Top 25 reasons to be excited about 2015 NCAA volleyball season

It’s the start of October and that means three months remain before the start of the 2015 college men’s volleyball season.

With the regular season set to begin in less than 100 days, there are plenty of reasons to have excited anticipation. Check out 25 reasons to be excited about the 2015 season.

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Grand Canyon gets home match vs. USC to open 2015 season

For the first time in its program history, Grand Canyon will not have to travel to play a non-conference match versus a projected top-10 nationally ranked team.

USC announced Thursday that it would open the upcoming season on the road against Grand Canyon in the first meeting between to the two programs in five years.

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Penn State, USC agree to play non-conference match in 2015 season

Coach Mark Pavlik is making sure his Penn State team will be tested next season during its annual mid-season West Coast road trip.

Pavlik said in an interview with Off the Block on Monday that Penn State will play a road non-conference match against USC during the 2015 season.
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