Audio: Wrather creates competitive culture at new program Fort Valley State

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One month until the start of the inaugural season for Fort Valley State, and coach Larry Wrather has already instilled a competitive culture at the new program.

Click on the audio player above to listen to Off the Block’s interview with Wrather about what to expect from the Wildcats in 2022. Continue reading “Audio: Wrather creates competitive culture at new program Fort Valley State”

Loyola, UC Irvine to open 2022 season on New Year’s Day

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A rematch of the 2015 NCAA Tournament semifinals will ring in the new college men’s volleyball season.

Loyola as part of unveiling its 2022 schedule announced it will play a non-conference home match against UC Irvine on New Year’s Day in the nation’s first match of the season. Continue reading “Loyola, UC Irvine to open 2022 season on New Year’s Day”

Defending champs Hawai’i to play two-match road series vs. Ball State in 2022

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The defending NCAA champions will descend upon a place dubbed the Volleyball Capital of the Midwest.

Hawai’i as part of announcing Thursday its 2022 schedule revealed it will play a two-match non-conference road series against Ball State on Jan. 29-30. Continue reading “Defending champs Hawai’i to play two-match road series vs. Ball State in 2022”

King libero stands out for Puerto Rico in Junior Pan Am Games finale

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King All-ConfCarolinas libero Noah Melendez capped off the Junior Pan American Games with another double-digit digs performance for Puerto Rico.

Melendez finished with a match-high 17 digs as Puerto Rico lost to the Dominican Republic 26-24, 22-25, 25-21, 25-16 in the fifth-place match on Monday in Colombia. Continue reading “King libero stands out for Puerto Rico in Junior Pan Am Games finale”

Lewis middle has tournament-best blocking performance Puerto Rico loss

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Lewis middle attacker Antonio Rodriguez delivering the best defensive performance so far at the Junior Pan American Games was not enough to get Puerto Rico into the semifinals.

Rodriguez finished with a tournament-high seven blocks as Puerto Rico lost to the host-nation Colombia 20-25, 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 15-7 on Sunday to be eliminated from medal contention. Continue reading “Lewis middle has tournament-best blocking performance Puerto Rico loss”

Puerto Rico drops opener to Argentina at Junior Pan American Games

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NJIT setter Roque Nido led the Puerto Rico offense to out-hit Argentina, but it was not enough for a win at the Junior Pan American Games.

Puerto Rico finished with a .323 attack percentage as it lost to Argentina 19-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 in its opener at the international tournament on Friday in Colombia. Continue reading “Puerto Rico drops opener to Argentina at Junior Pan American Games”

Indelible Legacy: Top 10 wins for Hall of Fame Ball State coach Shondell

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The 769 career wins for former Ball State coach Don Shondell produced many indelible moments throughout the history of NCAA men’s volleyball.

The Hall of Fame coach guided the Cardinals for 38 years before retiring in 1998 and remains the second winningest coach in NCAA men’s volleyball. Shondell, 92, passed away on Tuesday leaving behind a legacy as one of the sport’s greatest coaches.

Check out the top 10 wins for Shondell throughout his coaching career at Ball State. Continue reading “Indelible Legacy: Top 10 wins for Hall of Fame Ball State coach Shondell”

Hall of Fame Ball State coach, MIVA founder Shondell passes away at 92

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Don Shondell, the man who brought NCAA men’s volleyball to the Midwest, has passed away.

The Hall of Famer, inaugural Ball State coach and founder of the MIVA was 92 years old when he passed away Tuesday after being diagnosed earlier this month with the coronavirus. Continue reading “Hall of Fame Ball State coach, MIVA founder Shondell passes away at 92”