Thursday, 18 April 2024

International Volleyball

UCLA, USC, Loyola win in men’s volleyball; Omaha goes to Vegas in PVF

UCLA, USC, Loyola win in men's volleyball; Omaha goes to Vegas in PVF

There were six NCAA men’s Division I-II volleyball matches Wednesday and all but one were sweeps, including No. 4 UCLA beating No. 9 Pepperdine, No. 12 USC topping Concordia Irvine and No. 10 Loyola defeating No. 13 Lewis. 

An NCAA women’s team promoted a coach and the Pro Volleyball Federation has a Thursday match.

All that follows, but first a look at Thursday’s schedule.

NCAA MEN: There are five matches, two in the MIVA when No. 14 Ball State (9-7, 2-1) is home for Purdue Fort Wayne (7-5, 1-2) and Queens (6-7, 2-2) is at McKendree (5-4, 2-1).

The Big West’s No. 18 UC Santa Barbara (4-9) plays at Division III Cal Lutheran (11-3), No. 20 UC San Diego (3-8) of the Big West is at the SIAC’s Central State (0-12) and Dominican (3-6) of the ECC is home for Division III Bard (4-4).

PVF: The Omaha Supernovas (2-2) go to Henderson, Nevada, for the home debut of the Vegas Thrill (1-1). The Thrill played their match in franchise history and won in five at Omaha on Feburary 7 and are coming off a four-set loss Saturday at Orlando. The Supernovas won in four Monday at Grand Rapids.

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UCLA’s Ido David hits agains Pepperdine/UCLA photo

NCAA men

UCLA (10-3) opened MPSF play with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-18 sweep of visiting Pepperdine (9-3). UCLA, which won its 20th conference match in a row, hit .292 and had seven aces and 13 serving errors. The Bruins got 10 kills each from Alex Knight and Cooper Robinson. Knight hit .400 and had three assists, two aces, six blocks and two digs. Robinson had two assists, an ace, three digs and two blocks, one solo. Merrick McHenry had nine kills with one error in 14 attacks, two blocks and three digs. Ido David had seven kills, two aces, three blocks and seven digs and Andrew Rowan had 32 assists, two aces, five blocks and six digs. Pepperdine hit .143 and had two aces and 11 errors. Cole Ketrzynski led with 11 kills, an assist and two digs. CUI hit .143 and had two aces and 11 errors. The same teams play Saturday in Malibu … 

Props to USC sports information director Jeremy Wu for the headline on his story, “No. 12 USC Men’s Volleyball Sweeps Concordia Off Its Feet on Valentine’s Night.” Indeed, USC (9-4) swept at CUI (5-2, 0-1) in MPSF opener for both 25-21, 25-21, 25-23. USC hit .425 and had four aces and 16 errors. Jack Duechar had 15 kills for the Trojans, hit .355, and had an ace and a…

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