USC pair finish in top 25 at World Univeristy Championship

The USC pair representing the United States closed out the beach volleyball World University Championship with a victory.

USC outside attackers Lucas Yoder and Christopher Orenic defeated the Slovakian team of Jernej Tomazin and Sergej Drobnic 21-16, 13-21, 15-10 on Saturday in Estonia to finish in 23rd place at the international tournament. Continue reading

Video: Hershko returns in No. 14 UC Irvine sweep of USC

All-American outside attacker Tamir Hershko in his return to the court after missing almost two months with an injury had six kills and hit .625 as No. 14 UC Irvine swept USC on Sunday.

Check out the video highlights filmed by Off the Block special contributor Jonathan Bates of this conference win to keep the Anteaters in contention for a postseason berth. Continue reading

Long Beach State moves up in strength of schedule rankings

The only positive from No. 5/5 Long Beach State’s weekend loss is the latest strength of schedule rankings.

Long Beach State following its home loss to No. 1/1 UCLA jumped to No. 4 and is now has highest strength of schedule ranking among teams projected in Off the Block’s bracketology to be under NCAA Tournament consideration. Continue reading

Inside the VolleyMetrics: Long Beach, USC earn rally of week honors

[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.]

The back-row defense from both No. 1/1 Long Beach State and USC was on display during the weekend and earned the teams the VolleyMetricts Rally of the Week honors. Continue reading