Monday, 4 March 2024

International Volleyball

NCAA volleyball: Ohio State new men’s No. 1; Air Force hires

NCAA volleyball: Ohio State new men's No. 1; Air Force hires

Ohio State and Jacob Pasteur are the new No. 1/Scott Clouse photo

Ohio State moved up three spots and is now No. 1 in the AVCA men’s top 20 after the Buckeyes came away with two victories last weekend in Austin, Texas, at the First Point Collegiate Challenge.

Ohio State, which upset then-No. 1 UCLA and beat USC, is 6-0 and got 12 of th 23 first-place votes.

In this report we have the AVCA poll, men’s results and upcoming matches, and some NCAA women’s volleyball updates.

AVCA men’s top 20

Ohio State may have pulled a reverse sweep against UCLA (5-1), but that didn’t convince all the voters. The Bruins dropped to No. 2 and still got four first-place votes. Long Beach State (5-0) got the other seven first-place votes but dropped a spot to No. 3.

Hawai’i dropped a spot to No. 4, Grand Canyon stayed No. 5, and Stanford, which beat Penn State and Ball State in Austin, moved up two spots to No. 6. UC Irvine fell a spot to No. 7, while BYU moved up a notch to No. 8.

Penn State dropped two spots to No. 9 and Pepperdine stayed No. 10. No one dropped out.

Click here for the complete AVCA National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Poll.

NCAA men

There are six men’s matches on the Wednesday schedule, including the Big West’s CSUN at the MPSF’s USC. The MPSF’s Concordia Irvine is home for the SIAC’s Central State, the MIVA’s Queens goes to Belmont Abbey of Conference Carolinas, Erskine of Conference Carolinas is home for independent Tusculum, the MIVA’s Quincy is home for Missouri Valley and D’Youville of the NEC is home for Roberts Wesleyan.

There are six more matches Thursday including the MPSF’s UCLA home for the Big West’s UC Santa Barbara and the big Midwest battle between Ohio State of the EIVA and visiting Penn State of the MIVA. Also, the Big West’s Hawai’i goes to the MIVA’s Purdue Fort Wayne, USC is home Central State, the MIVA’s Lindenwood is at Maryville and the NEC’s Daemen entertains Warner.

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

BYU’s Luke Benson hits over the Princeton block/BYU photo

Tuesday, BYU (7-1) of the MPSF swept visiting Princeton (4-3) of the EIVA for the second straight day as the Cougars hit .370 in the 25-22, 25-18, 25-23 victory. Luke Benson had 13 kills with no errors in 20 attacks to go with an assist, an ace and two digs. Trent Moser had 11 kills. Princeton’s Nyherowo Omene had 16 kills and hit .400. The day before, BYU won 25-23, 25-19, 25-21 as…

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