Sunday, 14 April 2024

International Volleyball

CSUN upsets UCI in men’s volleyball; Orlando tops Columbus in PVF

CSUN upsets UCI in men's volleyball; Orlando tops Columbus in PVF

UCLA’s Cooper Robinson blocks over Stanford’s Nathan Lietzke/Lilli Yazdi photo

CSUN, below .500 entering the match but ranked No. 16 in the AVCA coaches poll, knocked off No. 3 UC Irvine on Friday in Big West men’s volleyball.

The other top teams in action — No. 1 Long Beach State, No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 Hawai’i, No. 7 BYU and No. 10 Penn State — all won.

In the Pro Volleyball Federation, the Orlando Valkyries swept at the Columbus Fury

Recaps and top performances follow, but first a look at Saturday’s NCAA Division I-II men’s schedule.

In the MPSF, UCLA is home again for Stanford, BYU entertains Concordia Irvine again and No. 8 Pepperdine is at No. 11 USC.

In the Big West, UCSB is back at Hawai’i, while the other four teams trade venues with CSUN at UCI and Long Beach State at UCSD.

Four MIVA matches are on tap with No. 12 Ball State at No. 114 Lewis, No. 9 Ohio State goes to Lindenwood, No. 13 Loyola Chicago is home for Queens and Purdue Fort Wayne goes to Quincy.

There are three EIVA matches with No. 10 Penn State home for Harvard, No. 15 Princeton at No. 19 George Mason and Charleston at NJIT.

In the NEC Daemen plays at Fairleigh Dickinson and D’Youville goes to LIU, while Sacred Heart plays Division III Misericordia and Sacred Heart does the same against Stevenson.

Kentucky State plays Edward Waters in the SIAC.

In the ECC, American International plays at Roberts Wesleyan.

Lees-McRae of Conference Carolinas is home for independent Thomas More.

There are two Pro Volleyball Federation matches when the San Diego Mojo play at the Atlanta Vibe and the Vegas Thrill play at the Omaha Supernovas.

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NCAA men

CSUN (11-11, 2-3), which won at Hawai’i six days earlier, beat visiting UC Irvine (15-7, 4-1) 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 25-18. 

Kyle Hobus led with 19 kills, hitting .342, and had an assist, three of his team’s four aces, four digs and six blocks, one solo. Jalen Phillips had 14 kills, an assist, eight digs and two blocks, one solo. Griffin Walters had seven kills, six digs and two blocks, one solo, and Jano Tello had seven kills with one error in 10 attacks, three digs and five blocks. Donovan Constable had 47 assists, 12 digs and seven blocks, one solo. His team hit .277. 

UCI, which hadn’t played in 13 days, hit a season-low .117. CSUN held a 17-9 blocks advantage. Hilir Henno led the Anteaters with 13 kills but had 12 errors to…

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