NCAA permits volleyball players to place social justice messages on back of jerseys

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College men’s volleyball players beginning next season will be able to display on their jerseys support for social justice causes.

The NCAA Playing Rules oversight Panel recently approved expanding current rules that will allow players in all sports to express support and voice their opinion in two places on their uniforms. Continue reading “NCAA permits volleyball players to place social justice messages on back of jerseys”

Vanguard’s Samson crowned champion of 2020 OTB/Frisco Mo NAIA Mascot Challenge

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The strength of Samson was too much for any NAIA mascot to overcome.

Samson the Lion (Vanguard) received more than 500 votes to beat Champ the Cougar (St. Xavier) in the championship round on Tuesday to win the inaugural Off the Block/Frisco Mo NAIA Men’s Volleyball Mascot Challenge. Continue reading “Vanguard’s Samson crowned champion of 2020 OTB/Frisco Mo NAIA Mascot Challenge”

BYU seniors Stanley, Eschenberg, Jauhiainen likely returning for 2021 season

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All but one of the seniors in the BYU starting lineup will be back for the top-ranked team in the nation.

BYU informed Off the Block on Monday that All-American setter Wil Stanley along with outside attacker Zach Eschenberg and middle attacker Miki Jauhiainen are all likely to return for the upcoming season. Continue reading “BYU seniors Stanley, Eschenberg, Jauhiainen likely returning for 2021 season”

EIVA commissioner requests group delays any recommendations to NCAA Tournament

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The EIVA would like the NCAA to wait two more years before considering any changes to the Division I-II men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament.

Commissioner Russ Yurk in a letter to the Championships Finance Review Working Group requested it postpone making recommendations to change the national championship format until the end of the 2022 season because of the expected growth of the sport. Continue reading “EIVA commissioner requests group delays any recommendations to NCAA Tournament”

D’Youville to begin NCAA transition from Division III to Division II membership

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A program that has been ranked more than 100 times in the NCAA Division III national coaches poll will start the transition to become a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team.

D’Youville announced earlier this month that the NCAA approved the school’s application for the entire athletics department to be reclassified as a Division II member. Continue reading “D’Youville to begin NCAA transition from Division III to Division II membership”