Monday, 26 February 2024

International Volleyball

NCAA men’s volleyball: Long Beach new No. 1; Penn State reverse sweeps Ohio St.

NCAA men's volleyball: Long Beach new No. 1; Penn State reverse sweeps Ohio St.

Penn State’s Toby Ezeonu hits against Ohio State/Caleb Craig photo

Penn State not only knocked off then-No. 1 and unbeaten Ohio State in Columbus last Saturday, the Nittany Lions did it again with a reverse sweep at home Sunday.

There were eight total NCAA men’s Division I-II volleyball matches the past three days including a win for Hawai’i, which finished its mainland trip with a victory at Ball State. 

The recaps and the AVCA poll follow, but first a look at Wednesday’s eight-match schedule that includes the first MIVA opener when Lewis goes to Lindenwood.

There are a couple of MPSF-Big West battles when UCLA goes to UC Irvine and USC goes to UC San Diego.

The MPSF’s Grand Canyon is at the NEC’s Merrimack and the Big West’s UC Santa Barbara is at the EIVA’s Princeton.

The NEC has two home matches against ECC teams when LIU plays Dominican and Sacred Heart faces St. Thomas Aquinas. Belmont Abbey of Conference Carolinas is home for the SIAC’s Benedict.

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

AVCA TOP 20: Long Beach State jumped two spots and is the unanimous No. 1 in this week’s AVCA National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Poll. Long Beach, 7-0, got all 23 first-place votes.

Grand Canyon (6-0) moved up to three spots to No. 2, the highest ranking in program history.

Hawai’i moved up one spot to No. 3, while Stanford (at 6-0 the only other unbeaten) moved up two notches to No. 4 and UCLA dropped three spots to No. 5.

Ohio State, after losing twice to Penn State, fell from No. 1 to No. 6 and is followed by UC Irving, Penn State, BYU and Pepperdine.

Charleston dropped out and independent Lincoln Memorial is back in at No. 20.

Click here for the complete AVCA Poll.

Also, the AVCA national player of the week is Long Beach State freshman Lazar Bouchkov, a middle from Bulgaria who had 18 blocks in sweeps of Concordia Irvine and Pepperdine.

RECAPS: Penn State of the EIVA and Ohio State of the MIVA were both 6-2 after the Nittany Lions’ 23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 17-15 victory Sunday.

Michal Kowal led Penn State with 15 kills, hit .344, and had two assists, three aces, a block and six digs. Michael Valenzi had 14 kills — six in the last set with no errors in eight attacks — hit .393, and had two assists, three blocks and six digs. Toby Ezeonu, this week’s EIVA player of the week, had 10 kills with one error in 18 attacks, two aces, three blocks and two digs. Owen Rose had four kills in…

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