Monday, 4 March 2024

International Volleyball

Ball State, Princeton, CSUN win; Beach goes east

Long Beach State and big middle Simon Torwie, hitting against LIU last week, play NCAA men's volleyball at Merrimack in Massachusetts on Wednesday

Long Beach State and big middle Simon Torwie, hitting against LIU last week, play at Merrimack on Wednesday/Jim Wolf photo

No. 14 Ball State, No. 16 Princeton, No. 18 CSUN, Thomas More and the weather were the winners Tuesday in NCAA men’s volleyball. 

The match at D’Youville in Buffalo, New York, between the Saints of the NEC and Dominican of the ECC was postponed. D’Youville was hoping to open its season, which is now on hold. Because …

Harvard of the EIVA has lost two matches because of the winter weather. The Crimson (0-2) were scheduled to play at D’Youville on Wednesday and at Daemen in Amherst, New York, on Thursday. Both have been postponed. Harvard will play at Daemen on March 1 and at D’Youville on March 2.

Tuesday’s recaps follow, but first a look at Wednesday’s schedule, which includes second-ranked Long Beach State of the Big West going to North Andover, Massachusetts, to play Merrimack of the NEC. Long Beach is 2-0, while Merrimack will play its season opener. We have to assume it’s the first time Long Beach will play at Merrimack. It’s the first of a three-match East Coast swing for Long Beach, which plays NJIT on Friday and George Mason on Saturday at NJIT in Newark, New Jersey.

The Big West’s sixth-ranked UC Irvine plays host to the MIVA’s McKendree, the MIVA’s Quincy is goes to the SIAC’s Central State, Lees-McRae of Conference Carolinas is at the MIVA’s Queens, and the NEC’s FDU plays at Roberts Weleyan in Rochester, New York.

Thursday’s slate includes LIU vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, Mount Olive vs. Queens, FDU playing Roberts Wesleyan again, and Tusculum vs. King.

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Tuesday’s recaps

Ball State of the MIVA improved to 7-2 with a sweep of visiting Trine College of Angola, Indiana, which was playing its season opener. The Cardinals hit .385 in the 25-16, 25-20, 25-19 victory. Ryan Bartz led with 16 kills and hit .882 after having one error in 17 attacks. He added three aces, nine digs and three blocks, one solo. Nathan Goh added nine kills, four blocks and six digs. Eyal Rawitz had four kills with one errod in nine swings, three aces, four digs and nine blocks. Ball State led in blocks 11-3.

Ted Hofmesiter and Johnson-Kuhao Ho’okano-Pelekai, who went to Kamehameha-Kapalama High School in Kanoehe, Hawai’i, had seven kills each for Trine …

Princeton (3-1) of the…

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