Tuesday, 21 March 2023

International Volleyball

Men’s volleyball conference action heats up as NCAA beach gets underway

Men's volleyball conference action heats up as NCAA beach gets underway

Top-ranked Hawai’i is home again for the NEC’s LIU and another Big West team, No. 6 UC Irvine, is home for No. 2 UCLA of the MPSF

But many of the other NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams are playing conference matches Friday.

There are three MPSF matches including a rematch when No. 5 and unbeaten Grand Canyon goes to No. 7 Pepperdine, No. 8 BYU at Concordia Irvine and No. 9 Stanford at No. 13 USC.

Third-ranked Penn State has an EIVA match at NJIT, while also in the conference Harvard goes to Princeton and No. 14 and unbeaten Charleston is at George Mason.

The MIVA slate has No. 12 Ball State at Lindenwood, No. 11 Ohio State at Quincy and Lewis at Purdue Fort Wayne.

There’s a Big West match between No. 14 CSUN and UC San Diego.

The two Conference Carolinas matches have King at Mount Olive and Lees-McRae at Barton.

In the NEC, Sacred Heart is at Saint Francis (PA) and Merrimack is at FDU.

The SIAC has Benedict at Morehouse. Also Kentucky State plays Division III Mount St. Joseph and Fort Valley State is home for independent Tusculum.

Three other independents are in action when Limestone plays Queens and Alderson Broaddus plays Truett-McConnell.

For links to all matches that are being shown, go to our VolleyballMag.com TV & Streaming Listings.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY: The big match Wednesday saw Grand Canyon (14-0, 3-0) win 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 16-14 at Pepperdine (9-6, 1-2) despite 30 kills by Jaylen Jasper. The Lopes, who hit .418 and had seven aces with 21 serving errors, got 10 or more kills from four players. Christian Janke led with 13 as he hit .478 and had an ace (but no aces and eight errors), two blocks and nine digs. Gianni Camden added 12 kills, four assists, six aces, a block and six digs, Rico Wardlow had 12 kills in 18 errorless attacks and three blocks, and Jackson Hickman had 10 kills. Nicholas Slight had four kills in as many tries, 46 assists, three blocks and four digs. Pepperdine not only got those 30 kills from Jasper, it hit .398 to go with five aces and 24 errors. Jasper hit .578 after having four errors in 45 attacks and had an assist and six digs. Akin Akinwumi had 13 kills and hit .556, but his hitting error ended the match. Bryce Dvorak had two kills in five errorless tries, 55 assists, two aces, three blocks and three digs … 

The two MIVA outcomes saw No. 10 Loyola Chicago (12-2, 5-0) get 24 kills from Parker Van Buren in its four-set win at Lewis (8-8, 2-3), while Purdue Fort…

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