Monday, 4 March 2024

International Volleyball

NCAA men’s volleyball: UCI tops BYU; UCLA, Long Beach, Hawai’i all sweep

NCAA men's volleyball: UCI tops BYU; UCLA, Long Beach, Hawai'i all sweep

Long Beach State’s Lazar Bouchkov with the stuff against Pepperdine/John Fajardo photo

Seventh-ranked UC Irvine and Hilir Henno ended No. 8 BYU’s 18-match home winning streak Friday and No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Long Beach State and No. 4 Hawai’i all swept. 

They were part of another busy pre-conference NCAA men’s volleyball day. The recaps and top performances follow, but first a look at Saturday’s schedule, that includes UC Irvine of the Big West back at BYU of the MPSF.

Two other Big West teams are in action when Long Beach State plays host to the MPSF’s Concordia Irvine and CSUN is home for the SIAC’s Central State. 

Much of the MIVA plays including No. 13 Loyola Chicago home for the EIVA’s No. 16 George Mason and No. 12 Lewis home for the NEC’s LIU. Queens enterains the EIVA’s NJIT, Lindenwood plays host to King of Conference Carolinas and McKendree goes to independent Maryville. The EIVA’s No. 19 Charleston is home for independent Lincoln Memorial.

Mount Olive of Conference Carolinas plays both St. Andrews and Randolph Macon, and Barton plays Eastern Mennonite and Virginia Wesleyan.

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Henno had 20 kills with one error in 38 attacks to hit .500 as UC Irvine (4-1) won 22-25, 27-25, 25-18, 25-20 at BYU (7-2). Henno had an assist, an ace and six digs. Maxim Grigoriev had a career-high 16 kills, an assist, no aces but six serving errors, 10 digs and four blocks, one solo. Nolan Flexen had 12 kills, an assist, three aces, five digs and three blocks, one solo. Conner Dahm had five kills with one error in 10 swings, a career-high four aces, two blocks and three digs. Brett Sheward had 48 assists and five digs. His team hit .291 and had nine aces and 18 errors.

BYU, which hit .268, had two aces and 14 errors. Trent Moser led with 15 kills, an assist, one of those aces, five blocks and eight digs. Luke Benson had 10 kills, no aces and eight errors, six blocks and six digs. Teon Taylor had five kills with one error in eight swings, two digs and eight blocks … 

Second-ranked UCLA (6-2) of the MPSF hit .432 and took a 25-18, 27-25, 25-17 win at No. 20 UC San Diego (2-6) of the Big West. Ethan Champlin had 17 kills, hit .519, and had three assists, two digs and three blocks, one solo. Seven of his teammates had kills, seven each by Guy Genis, who had no errors in nine attacks, and Ido David. Andrew Roawa had two kills in as many tries, 35 assists, three…

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