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NCAA volleyball: Long Beach, GCU, UCLA, UCI, Ohio St., Ball St. all win

NCAA volleyball: Long Beach, GCU, UCLA, UCI, Ohio St., Ball St. all win

North Greenville’s Michael de la Cruz attacks against Barton/North Greenville photo

Top-ranked Long Beach State, unbeaten No. 2 Grand Canyon, No. 4 UCLA and No. 7 UC Irvine — behind 28 kills from Hilir Henno — all won Saturday in NCAA men’s Division I-II men’s volleyball.

Eight-ranked Ohio State and No. 14 Ball State won and pulled into a three-way tie atop the MIVA with idle McKendree.

Ninth-ranked Penn State and Harvard kept pace atop the EIVA and North Greenville won again to maintain its Conference Carolinas lead.

The recaps and top performances follow as we take a two-day break from the men’s game.

The only volleyball Sunday is in the Pro Volleyball Federation when the first-place Atlanta Vibe (4-1) play at the Grand Rapids Rise (2-1) at 4 p.m. Eastern and then the Orlando Valkyries (2-2) play at the Omaha Supernovas (3-2) at 6. Both matches can be seen on the PVF’s YouTube channel.

The next NCAA men’s matches are Tuesday, including three in Conference Carolinas. There are two MIVA matches with No. 8 Ohio State home for Purdue Fort Wayne and No. 13 Lewis at Quincy. The other Tuesday match shows independent No. 19 Lincoln Memorial at Tusculum. 

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Grand Canyon (11-0, 2-0) remained the nation’s lone unbeaten team with a sweep at No. 6 BYU (9-5, 0-2), UCLA (11-3, 2-0) kept pace as the Bruins swept at No. 11 Pepperdine (9-4, 0-2), but No. 5 Stanford (7-5) got knocked off by again by the Big West’s No. 7 UC Irvine (8-4).

GCU hit .427 and kept rolling. A day after sweeping at BYU, the Lopes did it again, this time 25-21, 25-20, 25-23 as Camden Gianni had 15 kills, hit .333, and added an ace, four blocks and six digs. Karter Rogers had a career match with 10 kills, tying his best, with two errors in 15 swings to hit .533 and had a career-high four aces, a career-high six blocks and six digs. Rogers had a total of 57 kills and 25 blocks in his first two seasons 

Jackson Hickman had eight kills, hit .353 and added an assist, a block and two digs. Rico Wardlow had four kills in six errorless attacks, an assist three blocks and a dig. Nicholas Slight had a kill in two errorless attempts, 38 assists, a block and two digs. BYU’s Kupono Browne had 11 kills, an ace, two blocks and two digs. Miks Ramanis had eight kills, an assist, an ace, two blocks and five digs. Teon Taylor had five kills with no errors in six attacks, a dig and four blocks … 

UCLA hit .463 and came away with a 30-28, 2511, 25-19 sweep at Pepperdine. Zach Rama led the Bruins…

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