Monday, 4 March 2024

International Volleyball

Long Beach tops UCLA; upsets for Loyola, McKendree, LM; Rise win in Pro Volleyball

Long Beach tops UCLA; upsets for Loyola, McKendree, LM; Rise win in Pro Volleyball

Long Beach State’s Simon Torwie hits way above UCLA/Jim Wolf photo

Top-ranked Long Beach State defeated No. 4 UCLA in four sets in the showcase battle of the early NCAA men’s volleyball season on a Friday night that saw two upsets in the MIVA — No. 13 Loyola Chicago beat No. 6 Ohio State and unranked McKendree swept No. 11 Ball State — and independent Lincoln Memorial knocked off No. 10 Princeton. 

There is just one undefeated team left in the Pro Volleyball Federation after the Grand Rapids Rise won in four at the Atlanta Vibe.

The recaps and top performances follow, but first Saturday’s very busy NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball schedule that includes Long Beach and UCLA going at it again, this time in Westwood.

There are two other Big West-at-MPSF matches as N. 17 UC Santa Barbara goes to No. 12 Pepperdine and No. 7 UC Irvine is at No. 15 USC. 

The MPSF’s No. 8 BYU is home for the NEC’s LIU and Concordia Irvine plays host to The Master’s, which upset No. 16 CSUN on Friday.

The two MIVA matches who No. 11 Ball State at Lindenwood and Purdue Fort Wayne at Queens.

Four EIVA teams play non-conference matches as No. 9 Penn State is home for the NEC’s Fairleigh Dickinson, No. 10 Princeton plays host to the NEC’s Sacred Heart, Harvard entertains independent Lincoln Memorial and Charleston is home for the NEC’s Saint Francis (PA). 

There are four Conference Carolinas matches with Mount Olive at Lees-McRae, Barton at King, North Greenville at Erskine and Emmanuel at Belmont Abbey.

D’Youville of the NEC is home for the ECC’s St. Thomas Aquinas. The SIAC’s Central State is at independent Missouri S&T and Benedict is at Carolina. The ECC’s Roberts Wesleyan plays Thomas More and independent Maryville plays Talladega.


There is one Pro Volleyball Federation match when the Vegas Thrill (1-0) go to the Orlando Valkries (0-1) for a 7 p.m. Eastern first serve on YouTube.


If a match is being shown, we have the viewing link in our VolleyballMag TV & Streaming Listings.

UCLA’s Ido David goes all out at Long Beach State/Jim Wolf photo

NCAA men

LONG BEACH 3, UCLA 1: Long Beach improved to 10-0 with its 22-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-19 win over visiting UCLA (8-3) in their first meeting since UCLA won in last May’s NCAA national semifinals.

Sotiris Siapanis led the Beach with 18 kills, an assist, two aces, three blocks and five digs. Skyler Varga had 15 kills, hit .480, and had two blocks and five digs. Mason Briggs had 11 digs and four…

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