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NCAA men’s volleyball: UCLA, Lewis win; upsets for Princeton, UCSD; GCU rolls on

NCAA men's volleyball: UCLA, Lewis win; upsets for Princeton, UCSD; GCU rolls on

Merrimack’s Matthew Motes tips against Grand Canyon/Merrimack photo

UCLA held on for a five-set victory at UC Irvine, Lewis opened MIVA play with a victory, Princeton and UC San Diego scored upsets and Grand Canyon improved to 7-0 with a win Massachusetts.

The recaps and top performances follow, but first a look at the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball schedule for the next two days.

The only match Thursday has No. 11 Loyola Chicago at No. 15 Ball State as both those teams open their MIVA seasons.

Friday’s slate is full, including four more MIVA matches with No. 8 Penn State at Ball State, Saint Francis (PA) at Purdue Fort Wayne, Queens at Quincy and No. 14 Lewis at McKendree.

All six Big West teams are in action. 

Top-ranked Long Beach State is home for King of Conference Carolinas, No. 3 Hawai’i hosts independent Tusculum, No. 7 UC Irvine for the No. 5 UCLA of the MPSF, No. 12 UC Santa Barbara plays the NEC’s Daemen at Harvard, No. 17 CSUN is at the MPSF’s No. 4 Stanford and No. 19 UC San Diego is at No. 12 USC. 

Also in the MPSF, No. 2 Grand Canyon is at Harvard and No. 10 Pepperdine is at the EIVA’s No. 16 Princeton.

The EIVA’s Charleston is home for Thomas More and NJIT entertains the NEC’s LIU.

Lincoln Memorial, the independent ranked No. 20, goes to Erskine of Conference Carolinas.

There are two NEC-ECC matches when FDU goes to the Dominican and Sacred Heart is home for American International.

The first SIAC match of the season pits Kentucky State at Benedict. The SIAC’s Edward Waters plays Talladega College. Other independents in action include Olivet Nazarene at Maryville and St. Xavier at Missouri S&T.

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

Cooper Robinson had a career-high 22 kills as fifth-ranked UCLA (7-2) of the MPSF won 25-18, 25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 15-9 at No. 7 UC Irvine (5-2) of the Big West. Robinson hit .333, had four assists, two first-set aces, four blocks and five digs. Ethan Champlin had 13 kills, four assists, an ace and nine digs. Ido David had nine kills with one error in 18 attacks, an ace, nine digs and three blocks, one solo, and Merrick McHenry had six kills, hit .400, two aces and three blocks. Andrew Rowan had five kills in eight errorless tries, 47 assists, an ace, two blocks and eight digs. UCI’s Hilir Henno had 15 kills, hit .481, and had three assists, two aces, two blocks and five digs. Maxim Grigoriev had 11 kills, an assist, five blocks and…

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