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Men’s volleyball roundup: Long Beach, BYU, GCU, Pepperdine all win

Men's volleyball roundup: Long Beach, BYU, GCU, Pepperdine all win

CSUN’s Jalen Phillips hits against Princeton’s Nolan Kelly/Steve Fitzgerald photo

While six of the top men’s teams were in Austin, Texas, this weekend, there was plenty of other NCAA volleyball action going on around the nation.

Among the results:

Second-ranked Long Beach completed its East Coast trip with four-set wins over George Mason and NJIT. Ninth-ranked BYU won back-to-back road matches with No. 15 UC Santa Barbara. Fifth-ranked Grand Canyon is 6-0 after winning Friday at No. 18 UC San Diego and so is No. 10 Pepperdine after the Waves beat visiting McKendree twice.

Long Beach State of the Big West beat No. 17 George Mason of the EIVA on Friday 25-14, 22-25, 25-21, 25-20 at NJIT on Friday as it outblocked the Patriots 14-6. Clarke Godbold led with 18 kills an hit .567 after having one error in 30 attacks to go with four blocks and two digs. Sotiris Siapanis added 10 kills, four assists, a block and four digs. Simon Torwie had four kills an seven blocks. Mason got 11 kills each from Jack Bolz, who had eight digs, and Liam French. Omar Hoyas had 10 kills … 

Then Saturday the Beach (5-0) blocked even better in a 31-29, 23-25, 25-16, 25-22 win over NJIT (3-4). Long Beach had 17 blocks to the Highlanders’ seven. Godbold led again, this time with 21 kills, hitting .487. He had six blocks and a dig. Siapanis had 12 kills, three blocks and four digs, and Skler Varga had 10 kills, an assist, two aces, nine blocks and nine digs. NJIT’s Alessandro Negri had 18 kills, two assists and five digs, and Antonio Feliciano had 13 kills, five assists, a block and six digs … 

Friday, NJIT swept Lindenwood (0-3) of the MIVA as Negri had 13 kills, hit .435, and had three assists, two aces and two digs … 

Mason (3-3) headed to Sacred Heart (0-5) of the NEC in Connecticut on Saturday and swept the home team 25-22, 25-21, 26-24 as Hoyas had 13 kills and hit .524 to go with four of his team’s 10 aces, a solo block and two digs. Bolz had nine kills in 17 errorless attacks, three assists and three aces. French had nine kills, an assist, an ace, two blocks and three digs …

BYU of the MPSF opened the weekend with 28-26, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20 win over UCSB of the Big West as Trent Moser had a career-high 22 kills and hit .439 to go with an ace, two blocks and six digs. Kupono Browne had eight kills, an assist, four aces and six digs, and Luke Benson had eight kills in 11 errorless attacks, an assist, a block and four digs. UCSB’s Geste Bianchi had 24 kills, hit…

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