Tuesday, 21 March 2023

International Volleyball

NCAA men’s volleyball: Mason upsets Charleston, Lindenwood knocks off Ohio St.

NCAA men's volleyball: Mason upsets Charleston, Lindenwood knocks off Ohio St.

The EIVA and MIVA provided the most interesting results Saturday night in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball.

George Mason dealt No. 14 Charleston its first defeat while Lindenwood upset No. 11 Ohio State.

The line of the night went to Concordia Irvine’s Uriel Batista. The 6-foot-4 senior from Panama only needed four sets to break the school record for kills, but his team lost to BYU.

The recaps and highlights follow, but first a look at the schedule for the next few days. 

There are three matches Sunday. Second-ranked UCLA of the MPSF is home for No.6 UC Irvine of the Big West, there’s an MPSF match when No. 9 Stanford is at No. 13 USC, and in the NEC St. Francis Brooklyn goes to Daemen.

The lone Monday match has Missouri A&T home for Milwaukee School of Engineering in a match in which you can truly throw out the record books. They’ve never played.

Tuesday’s five-match slate includes independent at teams from Conference Carolinas, Lincoln Memorial at King, Tusculum at Lees-McRae and Limestone at Belmont Abbey. Benedict of the SIAC is at Erskine of Conference Carolinas and the aforementioned Milwaukee School of Engineering is home for Maryville.

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

George Mason (3-9, 1-2 EIVA) came away with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 stunner of visiting and previously unbeaten Charleston (14-1, 1-3). The night before Charleston fell behind 0-2 before the Eagles won in five at Mason.

Jack Bolz of George Mason hits against Charleston/Rafael Suanes, George Mason photo

Saturday, Omar Hoyos led with 12 kills, an assist, two blocks and two digs. Liam French had 11 kills, two assists, an ace, a block and nine digs, and Jack Bolz had 10 kills, hit .333, and had two aces, a block and four digs. Georgi Zahariev had two kills in three errorless atttempts, 30 assists, four aces, three blocks and nine digs. Mason hit .281 and had 10 aces and 15 serving errors. Charleston hit .238 and had three aces and nine errors. Lachlan Bray had 11 kills, hit .474, and had an ace, a block and ifve digs. Diego Villafone had 30 assists, two aces, three blocks and two digs … 

Also in the EIVA, third-ranked Penn State (13-1, 4-0) hit .469 and swept 25-20, 28-26, 25-23 at NJIT (5-9, 1-2). Toby Ezeonu had 14 kills with one error in 17 attacks to go with four blocks for the Nittany Lions. NJIT was without 6-7 senior middle blocker Martin de Chavarria, a three-time…

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