MPSF Volleyball Results, Jan. 5

Jake Arnitz, UCLA (Photo by UCLA)

UCLA 3, King 0

Recap by UCLA

The No. 4-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team opened play in the John Wooden Volleyball Classic on Friday night with a 3-0 win over King University from Tennessee, last year's co-champion of the Conference Carolinas. Scores of the match were 25-17, 25-16, 25-11. The Bruins connected on 13 service aces during the match, two-shy of the school record mark, and hit .403 as a team to improve their record to 2-0 on the season.

Seniors JT Hatch (.571 and 10 digs) and Jake Arnitz (.400) led a balanced attack for the Bruins with eight kills each. Micah Ma'a and Daenan Gyimah led the way from the service line with four and three aces, respectively. Gyimah matched his career-high in the category while adding seven kills. Ma'a had 30 set assists. Dylan Missry added seven kills (.545) and a pair of aces. Freshmen Ian Parish, with two kills and a block, and Garland Peed, with three digs, saw their first action as Bruins.

Missry helped get UCLA off to a good start with five kills and a couple of aces in set one. UCLA broke a 4-all tie and moved out to a 12-8 advantage after a kill by Oliver Martin. The Bruins led 15-10 following a swing by Arnitz. A series of King errors handed UCLA the deciding points down the stretch for a 25-17 win.

In set two, King jumped to a 2-5 advantage. UCLA came back to even the score at 7-all on a kill by Christian Hessenauer. The Bruins pulled out to a 15-11 lead after some tough serving from Arnitz. An ace by Martin made it 17-11 and Hatch's deep hit handed the Bruins the win at 25-16.

UCLA moved out to a 10-3 lead in set three after some big swings by Hatch. A couple of aces down the stretch by Hessenauer helped the Bruins gain a 25-11 decision. UCLA hit .440 for the set.

The Wooden Men's Volleyball Classic continues with a full day of action on Saturday when UCLA will play McKendree University at 7:30 p.m. The first match of the day features King vs. McKendree at 10 a.m. UC San Diego and King will square off at 5 p.m. All matches are in the Wooden Center and there is no admission charge.

USC 3, Stevens Tech 1

Recap by USC

Ryan Moss had a career-high and match-leading 21 kills to lead the No. 12-ranked USC men’s volleyball team to a 25-17, 27-25, 22-25, 25-18 non-conference win over Stevens Institute on Friday (Jan. 5) in the Trojans’ second match of the 3-day Texaco Rainbow Warrior Classic in Honolulu, Hi. It was USC’s (3-0) first-ever match against Stevens Institute (0-2), an NCAA Division III program. On Thursday (Jan. 4), the Trojans swept Juniata, another NCAA Division III team. Moss hit .409 and added 7 digs, 3 blocks and 3 aces. Jack Wyett had 15 kills for USC, while freshman Noah Franklin had 8 kills in his first career start, Gert Lisha had 10 digs and 4 blocks and Matt Douglas had 9 digs. For Stevens Institute, David Lehman had 19 kills while hitting .438, Gabe Shankweiler added 10 kills and Jacob Patterson and Cooper Diamond each had 5 blocks. USC hit .333 to the Ducks’ 231. The Trojans had 13 blocks. USC scored the first 5 points of the opening set and steadily pulled away while hitting .545 and getting 4 blocks. The second set, in which USC middle blocker Sam Lewis left midway through with an ankle injury, was tight until Stevens built a 21-17 lead, but the Trojans staved off match point at 24-22 before tying it at 24 all and then getting consecutive Wyett kills followed by a Stevens hitting error to capture the set. Stevens ran off 4 consecutive points early in the third set to go up 9-4 and the Ducks held off the Trojans the rest of the way. In the fourth set, USC tallied back-to-back points to move out to a 14-12 edge and added to its margin the rest of the way while hitting .579. USC concludes the Texaco Rainbow Warrior Classic when it faces host No. 5 Hawaii on Saturday (Jan. 6) at 7 p.m. HT

Loyola-Chicago 3, BYU 2

Recap by BYU

PROVO, Utah — The No. 3 BYU men's volleyball team dropped its season opener to No. 13 Loyola-Chicago in five sets (25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-12) Friday night at the Smith Fieldhouse. "We weren't communicating when it mattered and there was some hesitation tonight and that's unfortunate," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "It's the first match of the season and we've got to go from here." Gabi Garcia Fernandez led the team with 23 kills, seven digs and three blocks. Storm Fa'agata-Tufuga recorded a career-high 15 kills, while adding five digs and a career-high three aces. Brenden Sander collected 14 kills. Leo Durkin tallied 45 assists and 10 digs for a double-double while Miki Jauhiainen contributed six blocks. The Cougars (0-1) got on the board first in set five, but the Ramblers (1-0) went on to grab an early 8-5 advantage. Sander answered with a kill of his own to start a BYU run that was followed by a Fernandez kill to bring the set within one, 8-7. Two errors extended Loyola-Chicago's lead to 10-7 and then the Ramblers continued on to take the set 15-12, earning the match. In set one, Loyola-Chicago grabbed the first point and the two teams battled evenly before the Ramblers went on a three-point run, taking a 7-3 lead and forcing BYU to call a timeout. Fernandez was involved in two-consecutive points for the Cougars to bring them within three, 10-7. Price Jarman got his first kill of the night and a service ace by Fa'agata-Tufuga put BYU within one, 16-15. A service error by Loyola-Chicago tied the game at 22-all before two attack errors gave the Ramblers set one, 25-22. BYU took an early 3-1 lead in set two and was able to stay on top until Loyola-Chicago took its first and only lead of the set, 7-6. A kill by Fernandez and two service aces by Fa'agata-Tufuga returned the lead to the Cougars, 9-8. After consistently keeping a lead over the Ramblers, a kill by Fernandez forced a timeout, as BYU had a 20-17 advantage. Fa'agata-Tufuga scored two points in a row to keep the Cougars on top, 22-18. At set point, Fernandez finished his attack, giving the Cougars set two, 25-21. Set three began with both teams taking a turn at putting a point on the scoreboard. After being tied at 7-all, Loyola-Chicago scored two-consecutive points to take an early 9-7 lead. After falling behind 16-11, a balanced BYU attack, involving points by four different players, brought the Cougars within two, 18-16. The Ramblers continued on to win set three, 25-20. Neither team was able to take a controlling lead in the beginning of set four. A kill by Sander started BYU on a three-point run, earning an 11-10 lead. The Cougars came out of a timeout and saw kills by Jarman and Fernandez as they evened the game at 14. A service ace by Fernandez put BYU on top 21-20, forcing a Loyola-Chicago timeout. In the final points of the set, Fernandez continued to score two more and assisted on a block with Jauhiainen, giving BYU set four, 25-23. The Cougars return to action on Saturday, Jan. 6, as they host No. 6 Lewis at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be streamed live on theW.tv.

Princeton 3, Stanford 2

Recap by Stanford

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Despite 20 kills from freshman Jaylen Jasper, No. 8 Stanford dropped a 3-2 decision to Princeton, Friday, at the Thunderdome. Stanford fell to 0-2 to start the season, while the Tigers (1-2) picked up their first win. The Cardinal out hit Princeton, .273 to .206 and held advantages in aces (7-6) and digs (51-43). Jasper, an opposite from Annapolis, Maryland, had 20 kills and eight digs to lead Stanford. Junior outside hitter Jordan Ewert finished with 14 kills on .379 hitting and six digs, while sophomore outside hitter Eric Beatty was one dig shy of a double-double with 12 kills and nine digs. Stanford led 24-21 in the first set, but Princeton won seven of the final nine points to capture the early 1-0 lead. Sophomore Mason Tufuga came off the bench to spark the Cardinal midway through the second set. He took over at setter for junior Russell Dervay and tallied 29 assists to go with seven digs, three kills and two aces for the match. The Cardinal bounced back to even the match with a 25-17 win in the second. Stanford hit .300 in the second and held the Tigers to a .000 clip. Senior libero Evan Enriques recorded double-digit digs for the second straight match, totaling 15. Stanford held a 21-19 lead late in the third set, but the Tigers went on a 6-1 run to win it 25-22. The Cardinal forced a fifth set with a 25-22 win of its own in the fourth, hitting .500 as a team. Stanford jumped out to a 9-5 lead in the fifth, but hot hitting by the Tigers and errors down the stretch cost the Cardinal. Princeton’s Greg Luck had a match-best 21 kills to go with 10 digs and six blocks. Parker Dixon chipped in with 13 kills and five blocks for the Tigers. Stanford wraps up the UCSB Asics Invitational on Saturday against host UC Santa Barbara. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Rob Gym.

St. Francis 3, Stanford 1

Recap by Stanford

No. 8 Stanford opened the 2018 season with a 3-1 loss, Friday, on the first day of the UCSB Asics Invitational at the Thunderdome. Stanford struggled offensively, hitting .191 for the match while committing 27 attack errors. Saint Francis posted a .243 attack percentage and 9.0 blocks. Redshirt senior middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw led the Cardinal with 11 kills on .529 hitting and two blocks in three sets played. Junior Jordan Ewert also tallied 11 kills and collected eight digs, but was held to a .121 attack percentage. Senior libero Evan Enriques racked-up a match-best 13 digs to anchor the Stanford defense. Junior setter Russell Dervay totaled 38 assists and four digs. Sophomore outside hitter Eric Beatty finished with 10 kills and eight digs in three sets, while freshman middle blocker Kyler Presho had six kills on 10 errorless swings to go with two blocks in his first official match for the Cardinal. Freshman opposite Jaylen Jasper chipped in with six kills, six digs, two blocks and two aces in his collegiate debut. Saint Francis’ Cole Thompson recorded a match-high 17 kills, while Brandon Buck and Stephen Braswell each had nine kills for the Red Flash. Stanford will be back in action Friday night against Princeton. First serve is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT from the Thunderdome.