Wednesday, 21 February 2024

International Volleyball

NCAA volleyball: UCI, LIU, Lincoln Memorial win; Batenhorst to fight on

NCAA volleyball: UCI, LIU, Lincoln Memorial win; Batenhorst to fight on

UC Irvine’s Maxim Grigoriev tries to tip over BYU’s Miks Ramanis, left, and Julien Gavin/BYU photo

UC Irvine did it again. This time the No. 7 Anteaters won in five sets at No. 8 BYU a day after beating the Cougars in four.

Unranked LIU upset No. 12 Lewis on its home court.

Among the other winners Saturday in NCAA men’s volleyball were No. 3 Long Beach State, No. 13 Loyola Chicago and No. 18 CSUN. Independent Lincoln Memorial, ranked earlier this season, knocked off No. 19 Charleston. NJIT won a five-setter, 23-21 in the fith.

We also have a note about a Nebraska player who will fight on.

First a look at the schedule through Tuesday.

There are five matches on Sunday, including the rematch between top-ranked Ohio State of the MIVA and No. 9 Penn State of the EIVA, which won at Ohio State on Friday. 

Fourth-ranked Hawai’i of the Big West continues its mainland trip at No. 15 Ball State of the MIVA, the MIVA’s Queens plays the NEC’s Saint Francis (PA), D’Youville of the NEC plays St. Thomas Aquinas and the MIVA’s Charleston faces independent Tusculum.

The lone match Monday shows Emmanuel of Conference Carolinas at the SIAC’s Edward Waters, while Tuesday the MIVA’s Quincy entertains Missouri S&T and the ECC’s Dominican is home for Yeshiva.

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

UC Irvine (5-1) of the Big West had a 17-8 blocks advantage and came away with a 23-25, 26-24, 25-18, 23-25, 15-13 victory at BYU (7-3) of the MPSF as Nolan Flexen had 18 kills and Hilir Henno and Maxim Gregoriev 15 each. Flexen hit .333 and had six blocks and a dig. Henno had two assists, two aces, five blocks and four digs, and Grigoriev hit .367 and had two assists, four blocks and nine digs. Connor Dahm had five kills, an ace and six blocks and Connor Campbell had three kills, an ace, five digs and eight blocks, one solo. UCI hit .308 and had four aces and 24 serving errors, while BYU hit a season-low .168 and had seven aces — five by Miks Ramanis — and 17 errors. BYU, playing its sixth match in eight days, got 21 kills from Luke Benson, who had no ace and six errors, a block and nine digs. Ramanis had 16 kills and two digs … 

Long Beach State (7-0) of the Big West destroyed visiting Concordia Irvine (3-1) of the MPSF, hitting . 580 en route to a 25-15, 25-8. 25-9 blasting. Long Beach had 32 kills with three errors in 50 attacks as nine players had kills. Clarke Godbold led with eight and he had one…

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