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And for Off the Block

By Vinnie Lopes
A weekly podcast examining the big issues in college men’s volleyball.
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Fixing men’s volleyball
Off the Block’s Vinnie Lopes and Jonathan Bates interview the NCAA men’s volleyball committee chair Tim O’Brien and provide the chair their ideas for how to fix college men’s volleyball.
35:36
August 25, 2022
Offseason Summer Recap
Off the Block’s Vinnie Lopes, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson breakdown all the college men’s volleyball news from the first three months of the offseason.
51:35
July 26, 2022
Princeton vs. North Greenville postmatch reaction
The Off the Block crew breaks down North Greenville beating Princeton in the NCAA Tournament.
25:37
May 02, 2022
NCAA Tournament field revealed reaction
Off the Block’s Vinnie Lopes, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson breakdown the at-large bid selection and the NCAA Tournament field that was announced on Sunday.
21:27
April 24, 2022
Got to love this time of year
Off the Block’s Vinnie Lopes and Jonathan Bates breakdown all the match results from the weekend, the bracketology implications and preview the opening round of the ConfCarolinas Tournament.
52:31
April 11, 2022
What a weekend!!!!
Off the Block’s Vinnie Lopes, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson breakdown the big college men’s volleyball match results from the weekend and the bracketology implications.
01:07:09
April 03, 2022
What’s your question?
In this podcast episode, Off the Block’s Vinnie Lopes, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson answer questions submitted by fans.
49:39
March 18, 2022
Big West looking good, MPSF questions and Ball State party
Off the Block breaks down the recent success of Big West teams, whether some MPSF teams should be concerned and why fans should not pump the brakes on a Ball State title run.
33:59
February 17, 2022
Ball State is back, Rank Lincoln Memorial and SIAC mascot
Off the Block’s Vinnie Lopes, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson discus a wide array of topics including Ball State’s big wins, why Lincoln Memorial should be ranked, the top matches this weekend and best SIAC mascot.
49:32
February 04, 2022
Showdown in LA
Off the Block breaks down the upcoming college men’s volleyball matches this weekend, including the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge.
45:15
January 20, 2022
2022 season preview
The Off the Block crew breaks down and previews every conference with the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball season starting this week.
46:11
January 05, 2022
Women in volleyball media
Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes interviews Anne Marie Anderson, Cindy Luis and B.J. Evans about their careers as female sports media members.
41:54
April 11, 2021
MIVA & ConfCarolinas postseason play
Off the Block’s Vinnie Lopes and Jonathan Bates breakdown the opening round of MIVA Tournament and ConfCarolinas Tournament. Plus, they discuss their favorite crowd noises.
01:21:56
April 08, 2021
2021 Big West preview
In this episode, Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes is joined by Brandon Johnson and Jonathan Bates to preview the 2021 Big West season
48:31
February 21, 2021
Rankings when not playing, BYU is good and injury news
Vinnie Lopes, Brandon Johnson and Jonathan Bates breakdown the upcoming matches this week and whether Lewis should be ranked ahead of Hawai’i.
27:28
February 03, 2021
2021 season preview
Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes is joined by Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson to discuss the Preseason All-American, preseason favorites most likely to not win a conference championship and the top matches to watch this weekend.
32:59
January 20, 2021
U.S. Congressman-Elect Kai Kahele
Off the Block interviews former Hawai’i men’s volleyball player Kai Kahele about his time with the Rainbow Warriors and winning an election to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
23:16
December 03, 2020
What to be thankful for
Vinnie Lopes, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson discuss the UCLA setter situation, the latest 2021 schedules and what to be thankful for in college men’s volleyball.
25:04
November 27, 2020
Daemen coach Don Gleason
Off the Block interviews coach Don Gleason about growing the Daemen program that enters its third season and the team’s fall training during a pandemic.
14:33
November 15, 2020
Charleston coach Mike Iandolo
Off the Block interviews Charleston coach Mike Iandolo about the start of the team’s fall training, having international players on the roster during a global pandemic and what the Golden Eagles need to do to move up in the EIVA standings.
20:18
November 11, 2020
Penn State training and the coronavirus
Off the Block interviews Penn State coach Mark Pavlik about the effects the coronavirus had on his team, the start of the fall training and what the 2021 EIVA season could look like.
27:10
November 02, 2020
Belmont Abbey coach Nolan Albrecht
Off the Block interviews Belmont Abbey coach Nolan Albrecht the team playing a broadcasted intrasquad preseason match and what to expect from the Crusaders in 2021.
12:10
October 09, 2020
Lewis coach Dan Friend
Off the Block interviews Lewis coach Dan Friend about starting preseason training in a pandemic, seniors opting to return for another season in 2021 and start the financial process of getting the Flyers endowed.
16:41
October 06, 2020
George Mason coach Jay Hosack
Off the Block interviews George Mason coach Jay Hosack about the chaotic 2020 offseason and starting to train for the upcoming season.
18:30
September 29, 2020
Racial incidents at Ball State (Part 2)
Off the Block interviews former Ball State setter Jake Romano about racist incidents that occurred during his time at Ball State.
14:49
September 28, 2020
Racial incidents at Ball State (Part 1)
Off the Block interviews former Ball State players Lem Turner and Julian Welsh-White about racism they experienced while on the team.
52:05
September 25, 2020
Ohio State coach Kevin Burch
In this podcast episode, Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes interviews Ohio State men’s volleyball coach Kevin Burch about the Buckeyes’ offseason.
18:22
August 28, 2020
Fort Valley State coach Larry Wrather
In this episode, Off the Block interviews Larry Wrather about the former Ball State player becoming the inaugural head coach for the Fort Valley State men’s volleyball team.
16:52
August 14, 2020
Where to play the NCAA Tournament
Off the Block digs deep into selection process for the sites of the 2023-26 NCAA Tournament, including an interview with EIVA commissioner and NCAA consultant Russ Yurk.
01:09:37
August 08, 2020
Lees-McRae new head coach Caitlin Bullock
Check out Off the Block’s interview with new Lees-McRae men’s volleyball head coach Caitlin Bullock
11:19
May 17, 2020
AVCA Hall of Fame candidates
Off the Block debates which college men’s volleyball coaches should get consideration for the AVCA Hall of Fame.
34:42
May 14, 2020
Belmont Abbey senior Liam Maxwell
Off the Block editor interviews Liam Maxwell, the ConfCarolinas Co-Offensive Player of the Year, about his college career.
16:29
April 29, 2020
College men’s volleyball national awards preview
Off the Block discusses the finalists for all the college men’s volleyball national awards that will be presented on Wednesday night.
01:12:02
April 22, 2020
Independent Teams and MPSF mascots
Vinnie Lopes, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson debate the best mascots in the MPSF and among independent teams
52:59
April 16, 2020
Concordia-Irvine outside attacker Raymond Barsemian
Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes interviews Concordia-Irvine outside attacker Raymond Barsemian about his college career that started with him playing at a junior college.
13:23
April 11, 2020
Conference awards and MIVA mascots. Oh my!
Off the Block’s Vinnie Lopes, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson react and breakdown the college men’s volleyball conference award honors. They also discuss the best mascot in the MIVA.
53:48
April 08, 2020
Lincoln Memorial opposite Evan Cory
Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes interview Lincoln Memorial opposite Evan Cory about his start to volleyball and his college career. Cory in his senior season repeated as the Independent Teams Player of the Year.
29:32
April 04, 2020
Top of the Class championship. Seniors coming back?
Off the Block’s Vinnie Lopes, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson breakdown the championship round of the Top of the Class Tournament and discuss the NCAA’s decision to grant an additional year of eligibility because of the coronavirus.
30:10
March 31, 2020
Top of the Class regional semifinals
Off the Block’s Vinnie Lopes, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson breakdown the regional semifinal matches in the Top of the Class Tournament. Voting is now underway on the Off the Block website and your votes decide the winner.
32:45
March 26, 2020
Top of the Class opening round breakdown Part 2
Off the Block launched the Top of the Class Tournament— a interactive event with fans deciding which senior had the best college career. Vinnie Lopes, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson breakdown the opening round matches in the TJ DeFalco Region and Tom Bonynge Region.
29:23
March 24, 2020
Top of the Class Tournament opening round breakdown Part 1
Off the Block launched the Top of the Class Tournament— a interactive event with fans deciding which senior had the best college career. Vinnie Lopes, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson breakdown the opening round matches in the Carlos Moreno Region and Yuval Katz Region.
59:29
March 23, 2020
Stats are cool, Long Beach big test and men’s volleyball 30-for-30s
Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes interviews volleyball data guru Nate Ngo about analyzing stats and finding trends in volleyball. Plus, Brandon Johnson and Jonathan Bates preview the upcoming matches this weekend.
01:00:01
March 12, 2020
Nashville strong, BYU vs. Hawai’i, trading players
In this week’s podcast episode, Off the Block editor interviews Hawai’i coach Charlie Wade. Plus, Brandon Johnson and Jonathan Bates breakdown the big matches this week along with proposing hypothetical trades in college men’s volleyball.
58:12
March 05, 2020
We know who’s not good, ConfCarolinas showdown and fear the Antelopes
In this week’s episode, Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes is joined by Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson to breakdown the upcoming matches this weekend.
50:10
February 26, 2020
Coaching a new program, UCSD is good and snubbed award winners
Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes interviews Tusculum coach Eddie Pennington about what it’s like running a first-year program. Plus, Jonathan Bates joins the podcast to breakdown the big matches this week and project what players are likely going to get snubbed from national awards this season.
01:19:26
February 19, 2020
Marrying a coach, Hawai’i on the road and Big West mascot
In this week’s episode, Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes interviews Stephanie Hosack about being married to a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball head coach. Stephanie is the wife of George Mason coach Jay Hosack. Plus, Brandon Johnson and Jonathan Bates join the podcast to breakdown the big matches this weekend and the best mascot in the Big West.
01:12:36
February 12, 2020
Nickie Sanlin, conference play is here and volleyball Oscars
In this week’s episode, Nickie Sanlin discusses her coaching journey and how see was able turn McKendree into a program that’s on the cusp of being nationally ranked. Plus, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson breakdown the big upcoming matches this weekend.
59:33
February 05, 2020
Riley Salmon, BYU vs. UCSB and National Player of Year front-runners
In this week’s episode, Riley Salmon discusses starting a college men’s volleyball program in North Dakota and overcoming addiction. Plus, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson help breakdown the top matches this weekend and who’s in the running for National Player of the Year.
59:22
January 29, 2020
Pav, UC Irvine’s big match and board games
In this week’s episode of And Off the Block, Penn State coach Mark Pavlik joins the podcast to discuss his coaching journey. Plus, Brandon Johnson and Jonathan Bates breakdown the big college men’s volleyball matches to follow this week.
01:14:38
January 22, 2020
Lloy Ball, Hawai’i going on the road and EIVA mascots
Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes interviews Lloy Ball about what makes a great setter. Plus, Brandon Johnson and Jonathan Bates join the podcast to breakdown the upcoming matches this weekend
55:11
January 15, 2020
George Mason, BYU and ConfCarolinas mascots, Oh My!
George Mason coach Jay Hosack joins the show to discuss the school hosting the NCAA Tournament. Plus, the Jonathan Bates, Brandon Johnson and Tiff Wells preview this weekends matches and debate the best ConfCarolinas mascots.
57:47
January 08, 2020
The Season Preview
Stanford coach John Kosty joins the show to preview the season. Plus, Jonathan Bates and Brandon Johnson join Vinnie Lopes to preview each college men’s volleyball conference.
59:24
January 02, 2020
January 2, 2020
00:49
January 02, 2020