Monday, 22 April 2024

International Volleyball

UCI, Hawai’i, LBSU, UCLA win in men’s volleyball; Atlanta, Omaha stay atop PFV

UCI, Hawai'i, LBSU, UCLA win in men's volleyball; Atlanta, Omaha stay atop PFV

UCLA’s Sean McQuiggan hits over Stanford/Andy J. Gordon photo

Third-ranked UC Irvine bounced back against CSUN, No. 5 Hawai’i had to go the distance to beat UCSB — which got 32 kills from Geste Bianchi — top-ranked Long Beach State won its 10th in a row, second-ranked UCLA swept visiting No. 6 Stanford, and the MIVA had two upsets in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball Saturday.

In the Pro Volleyball Federation, Omaha swept Vegas to keep pace with first-place Atlanta, which did the same to San Diego.

There are no men’s matches Sunday. Monday, Central State of the SIAC plays Warner, there are no matches Tuesday, and on Wednesday there are two two in Conference Carolinas, King at North Greenville and Lees-McRae at Belmont Abbey.

The Pro Volleyball Federation is off Sunday with the Atlanta Vibe headed to the Grand Rapids Rise on Monday and the Omaha Supernovas going to the San Diego Mojo on Saturday.

NCAA men

UC Irvine (16-7, 5-1 Big West) was upset the day at No. 16 CSUN (11-12, 2-4). But back at home the Anteaters won 25-22, 25-21, 30-28 and hit .429, almost three times better than in the previous match. Hilir Henno led with 16 kills, hitting .429, and had two assists, an ace, four blocks and five digs. Nolan Flexen had 14 kills, hit .440, and had three block and three digs. CSUN’s Kyle Hobus had 16 kills, hit .367, and had three assists, an ace, two blocks and five digs … 

Top-ranked Long Beach State (20-1, 6-0 Big West) won 26-24, 25-19, 25-19 at No. 17 UC San Diego (11-12, 3-4) as Simon Torwie had seven kills in 11 errorless attacks, three aces, two digs and two blocks, one solo. Skyler Varga also had 11 kills and had an assist, an ace, three blocks and four digs. UCSD’s Josh Schellinger and Sebastian Lara had nine kills each … 

Hawai’i (20-4, 3-3 Big West) held off visiting UC Santa Barbara (7-16, 0-7) 25-21, 26-24, 23-25, 21-25, 15-12. Louis Sakanoko led the Rainbow Warriors with 15 kills, hitting .306, to go with two assists, an ace, seven digs and six blocks, one solo. The French freshman, who is in because Spyros Chakas was lost for the season, has had 72 of his 112 kills in the last five matches.Alaka’i Todd and Guilherme Voss, who had six blocks, had 12 kills each. Voss did not have an error in 16 attacks.

UCSB’s Gesti Bianchi, a 6-6 junior from Laguna Beach, California, who had a total of 53 kills last year, had 32, giving him 379 for the season. Bianchi hit .300 and had an assist, two blocks and eight digs. Ben Coordt had…

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