Thursday, 18 April 2024

International Volleyball

GCU, Hawai’i, UCLA win in men’s volleyball; expecting a new twist for PVF

GCU, Hawai'i, UCLA win in men's volleyball; expecting a new twist for PVF


UCLA’s Sean McQuiggan gets up quick and beats the Ohio State block/Andy J. Gordon photo

There were only four NCAA Division I-II men’s matches Sunday but three of them went five sets The winners were top-ranked Grand Canyon, No. 3 Hawai’i — overcoming 36 kills by UC Irvine’s Hilir Henno — No. 4 UCLA and Lincoln Memorial.

And in a new league where everything happens for the first time, the Pro Volleyball Federation has its first player to leave because she’s pregnant.

There are four NCAA men’s matches Monday and two in the Pro Volleyball Federation.

Loyola Chicago of the MIVA, ranked No. 11, is home for No. 15 Princeton of the EIVA. 

Saint Francis (PA) of the NEC is home for independent Tusculum, Edward Waters of the SIAC is at independent Thomas More, and independent Maryville entertains Clarke.

The Pro Volleyball Federation has the Vegas Thrill (3-7) at the Columbus Fury (4-3) and the Orlando Valkyries (4-6) at the San Diego Mojo (2-5).

The Atlanta Vibe and Omaha Supernovas are tied for first at 7-3 and Grand Rapids Rise slot in in fourth at 4-4.

Want to watch a match? If it’s being shown, we have the viewing link in our VolleyballMag TV & Streaming Listings.

Sunday’s recaps

Hawai’i of the Big West improved to 17-1 with its 16th victory in a row, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22, 17-25, 15-13 over No. 5 UC Irvine (13-6). The star of the match was Henno, who had a career-high and national season-high 36 kills. He had just eight errors in 68 attacks to hit .412 and had an assist, three aces, two blocks and six digs. His teammates combined for 31 kills.

Nine Hawai’i players had kills, 17 by Sypros Chakas and 13 by Todd Alakai’. Chako had an assist, three blocks and eight digs. Todd had an assist, an ace, six digs and four blocks, one solo. Guilherme Voss had eight kills in 21 errorless attacks and five blocks, and Kurt Nusterer had six kills with one error in 10 tries, two aces, nine blocks and two digs. Keoni Thiim had 12 digs, two blocks, five aces and five assists to go with five kills. Tread Rosenthal had four kills in five errorless tries, 41 assists, seven blocks and four digs. His team hit .258 and had nine aces and 13 serving errors.

UCI, which lost to the Rainbow Warriors for the 15th time in a row, hit .299 and had four aces and 14 errors. Akhil Tangutur had 10 kills, three assists, an ace, three blocks and six digs. Brett Sheward had three kills, 30 assists, two blocks and 22 digs, a career high and second most in the nation this season…

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