Year Recap: Top college men’s volleyball stories, videos of 2018

Photo by Jay Sowers

That was an eventful year — both on and off the volleyball court in 2018.

Long Beach State dominated college men’s volleyball winning its first NCAA title in 27 years and almost having an undefeated season. However, there was plenty of controversy with UC Irvine edging out Hawai’i for the final NCAA Tournament at-large bid.

There was more growth in the sport with the inaugural Off the Block Grow the Game Challenge taking place in Nashville and three more schools adding a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team.

It also was record-setting year for Off the Block. The college men’s volleyball website surpassed 3 million all-time views and for the third consecutive year had more than 575,000 page views.

Relive the year that was and check the most viewed stories and videos on Off the Block from 2018.

Editor’s pick

1. Every Selection Sunday datapoint comparing Hawai’i and UC Irvine

2. Long Beach State completes magical season, wins NCAA championship

3. Lindenwood wins inaugural Grow the Game Challenge championship

4. Ohio State freshman Jake Hanes delivers big in NCAA Tournament win

5. UC Irvine setter Dante Chakravorti making most of chance to start


6. BYU setter Leo Durkin reacts to sweeping Pepperdine

7. Division I school St. Francis Brooklyn adds men’s volleyball

8. Lander University to start men’s volleyball program in 2020

9. Tusculum becomes third Tennessee school to start Division I-II men’s volleyball team

10. Emmanuel becomes postseason eligible for 2019

Most viewed Off the Block stories of 2018

1. Off the Block/Springbak unveil 2019 Preseason All-American Teams

2. Recap: What happens this college men’s volleyball offseason

3. NCAA Tournament first round preview

4. NCAA Tournament VolleyFour preview

5. Preview of matches to follow tonight (Jan. 5, 2018)

6. Conference tournament finals preview

7. MPSF Tournament and EIVA Tournament semifinals, Big West quarterfinals preview

8. Conference tournament quarterfinals preview

9. Preview of matches to follow tonight (Jan. 26, 2018)

10. No. 1/1 Long Beach State vs. No. 2/2 UCLA regular season match preview

Most viewed Off the Block videos of 2018

1. Jaylen Reyes reflects on time at BYU, challenges ahead at Nebraska

2. Match blights: UCLA sweeps NJIT

3. Brad Keller embraces opportunity to coach U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team

4. Match highlights: UCLA, USC pick up wins at USC Fall Tournament

5. Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus reacts to regular season win vs. UCLA

Global reach of Off the Block in 2018

People in 151 countries visited to the Off the Block website in 20178 Below are the 10 nations that generated the most page views and web traffic to Off the Block.
1. United States
2. Puerto Rico
3. India
4. Canada
5. Australia
6. Germany
7. Spain
8. United Kingdom
9. Japan
10. Brazil