Monday, 27 March 2023

International Volleyball

NCAA volleyball: UCLA tops Penn St.; Hawai’i, Pepperdine, red-hot Daemen win

NCAA volleyball: UCLA tops Penn St.; Hawai'i, Pepperdine, red-hot Daemen win

A busy Division I-II men’s volleyball weekend got underway Thursday with second-ranked UCLA putting an end to Penn State’s nine-match winning streak and top-ranked Hawai’i sweeping Purdue Fort Wayne.

Among the other results, No. 7 Pepperdine got an MPSF sweep of No. 10 USC and St. Francis Brooklyn and streaking Daemen got NEC victories. The recaps and top performances follow, plus a couple of NCAA women’s coaching moves.

Friday’s schedule is chock full of more non-conference matchups, not the last of which is Hawai’i of the Big West playing Penn State of the EIVA and the MPSF’s UCLA playing Purdue Fort Wayne of the MIVA.

The Big West has two conference matches when fourth-ranked Long Beach State plays host to UC Santa Barbara and No. 6 UC Irvine is home for UC San Diego.

Eighth-ranked BYU of the MPSF is home for No. 15 Ohio State of the MIVA. Fifth-ranked Grand Canyon of the MPSF plays Olivet Nazarene of Illinois, which is making an Arizona trip.

Two EIVA teams are in action when No. 14 Charleston plays Mount Olive of Conference Carolinas and George Mason takes on independent Limestone.

In the MIVA, Lewis is home for Erskine of Conference Carolinas, McKendree gets King of Conference Carolinas, and Quincy goes to Maryville.

There are two NEC matches when Fairleigh Dickinson goes to St. Francis (PA) and Merrimack is at Sacred Heart, while the NEC’s D’Youville plays independent American International. 

Other Conference Carolinas teams in action include Emmanuel at independent Lincoln Memorial, North Greenville at independent Tusculum and Belmont Abbey at Morehouse of the SIAC. 

There’s an SIAC match when Benedict is at Central State.

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

UCLA (18-1) won its ninth in a row as the Bruins grinded out a 25-20, 25-22, 16-25, 21-25, 15-10 victory over Penn State (15-2) at Hawai’i. UCLA, off to its best start since its 1995 team went 31-1 and won the NCAA title, got 21 kills from Ido David. He hit .390 and had an ace, six digs and four blocks, one solo. Alex Knight added 11 kills, an ace, five blocks and two digs. Merrick McHenry had nine kills with one error in 13 attacks, three aces, six digs and seven blocks, one solo. Andrew Rowan had a kill, 47 assists, an ace, 10 digs and two blocks. His team his .256 and had six aces and 23 serving errors. Penn State hit .250 and had seven aces and 23 errors. Michal Kowal led the…

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