MPSF Volleyball Results, Jan. 20

Photo Courtesy UCLA
Jan. 20, 2018

UCLA 3, Ohio State 2

Recap by UCLA

The No. 2-ranked men's volleyball team gave head coach John Speraw a match to remember for his 300th career win as the Bruins dealt two-time defending national champion Ohio State a five-set defeat in the AVCA Men's Volleyball Showcase held in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday. Scores of the match were 25-18, 22-25, 27-25, 24-26, 16-14. The Bruins improved to 7-0 on the season and will take on No. 4-ranked Hawai'i next week for a pair of matches in the Islands.

In set five, UCLA took an early 3-1 lead on a kill by Daenan Gyimah. UCLA still led 5-3 after an Ohio State service error. The Buckeyes then got it going and tied the score at 6-all. OSU registered leads of 6-7 and 7-8 only to see the Bruins level the score after a couple of service errors. UCLA then grabbed leads to 9-8 and 10-9 after kills by JT Hatch. A Dylan Missry spike made the lead 12-10. After Micah Ma'a put UCLA up 13-11 with a kill, the Buckeyes answered with three straight to earn their first match point of the night. Hatch's kill kept the Bruins alive. Missry followed with an ace for a 15-14 lead and a block by Oliver Martin and Christian Hessenauer ended the match.

The Bruins served for the match in set four after an OSU error made it 24-23 Bruins. A service error tied the score and Ohio State captured the set after an attack error by UCLA and an OSU ace to end the set at 24-26 and send the match the distance.

Set three had 16 tie scores and six lead changes. With the score even at 23-all, OSU moved ahead after a Bruin error. Hatch tied the match at 24-all with a kill. Another Bruin hitting error put the Buckeyes back in front, but an OSU service error evened the score at 25. UCLA took the lead after an OSU attack error and then won the set after another attack error by the Buckeyes.

In set two, neither team led by more than two points until Ohio State moved in front 17-20 after a Bruin attack error. UCLA sliced the margin to one, at 20-21, on a block by Gyimah and Hessenauer. A UCLA service error and a kill by the Buckeyes followed to make it 20-23. Two kills later the Buckeyes had the set 22-25.

UCLA stormed out to a 5-0 lead to begin the match. The Buckeyes battled back to even the score at 8-all. UCLA regained the lead at 12-10 and then a series of Buckeye errors and kills by Gyimah and Hessenauer resulted in a 17-10 UCLA advantage. OSU closed to 20-15, but a kill by Hessenauer pushed the margin to 22-15. UCLA took home the initial set on another swing by Gyimah.

Hessenauer led the Bruins attack with a season-best 19 kills (also team-high 13 digs) while Hatch chipped in with a season-best 16 kills. Gyimah finished with nine kills (.500), a career-high seven block assists and a key late dig. Garland Peed added a career-high 12 digs and three set assists. Ma'a totaled 47 set assists for the Bruins who hit .238 for the match and added eight digs and six blocks. Missry tied his career-best with 10 digs. UCLA outhit the Buckeyes .238 to .113 and out blocked the visitors 13.5 to 8.5 while recording a season-high 21 block assists. The Bruins survived 29 service errors (2 aces) and won the digging battle 56-51.

UCLA will return home to play Princeton on Feb. 1 in the Wooden Center after next week's trip to play at Hawai'i. In match one of the Showcase, No. 9 Penn State defeated No. 13 USC 23-25, 25-21, 28-26, 19-25, 17-15.

BYU 3, Barton 0

Recap by BYU

PROVO, Utah -- Andrew Lincoln had a career-high 10 kills as No. 5 BYU men's volleyball beat Barton in straight sets (25-22, 25-22, 26-24) for the second night in a row Saturday at the Smith Fieldhouse.

"We expected that team to play better than they did last night," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "It was good for us to battle through some rough stretches. That's good experience for the guys."

The Cougars improved to 5-1 on the season while Barton fell to 0-5. Gabi Garcia Fernandez joined Lincoln in double-digits with 12 kills. Wil Stanley had three aces and eight digs to lead the Cougars in both categories.

Through the first 10 points, BYU led 6-4 after a Barton service error. Later, back-to-back kills for Price Jarman and Storm Fa'agata-Tufuga made it 12-7 for the Cougars. Fernandez made it another five-point lead at 17-12 with a kill. The Bulldogs battled back to trail just 19-16 before a kill down the line by Fa'agata-Tufuga. Another Barton run made it 23-21 for BYU. A pair of service errors then gave the Cougars their last two points of a 25-22 set win.

Stanley's third ace of the match put BYU up 6-2 early in the second set. A Barton block tied it up at 7-7. The two teams were later knotted up at 10-10 before a Fa-agata-Tufuga kill. The Bulldogs took their first lead of the set at 14-13 to force a Cougar timeout. After trailing 16-14, BYU reeled off five-straight points for a 19-16 lead. Barton narrowed their deficit again to trail just 22-21 before a Fernandez kill. BYU took the set by three points on a Fa'agata-Tufuga ace.

The third set got off to a 7-7 tie before BYU went on a 3-0 run highlighted by back-to-back kills from Lincoln. The Bulldogs responded with their own 4-0 run to lead 11-10. Neither team led by more than two points from then on, and Barton took a 21-19 lead late. With the set tied at 24-24, a Bulldog service error made it match point for the Cougars. Lincoln and Jarman came up with the block to seal the set 26-24, and the match 3-0.

BYU plays at UC Irvine next Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. PST, with live streams on BigWest.TV.

UCSB 3, Pepperdine 1

Recap by Pepperdine

MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine men's volleyball team fell in four sets to UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night in Firestone Fieldhouse after 28-26, 21-25, 25-22 and 25-23 final set scores.

The highlight of the night came prior to the match when President Andrew Benton and Director of Athletics Steve Potts dedicated the Marv Dunphy Volleyball Court in honor of head coach emeritus Marv Dunphy. Many former players and coaches and current fans and friends came to support Dunphy and the Waves on Marv Dunphy Night.

Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 17 kills, 1 ace, 6 blocks, 3 digs

Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 35 assists, 2 aces, 7 digs

Jack Cole (Lafayette, Calif./Campolindo HS): 7 blocks, 3 kills

Weston Barnes (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach HS/George Mason): 10 digs

Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 9 kills, 8 digs, 3 blocks, 1 ace

Noah Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS): 7 kills, 3 blocks

Clay Carr (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS): 3 block

Pepperdine posted 38 kills on 102 swings for a .118 success rate, but UC Santa Barbara marked 52 kills on 123 attempts for a .220 hitting percentage to secure the win. The opposition was good for 11.5 blocks and five aces, compared to the Waves 11.0 team blocks and four aces. The teams were relatively equal in digs with the Gauchos marking 32 and the Waves tabbing 31 throughout the match

Penn State 3, USC 2

Recap by USC

LOS ANGELES--The No. 9-ranked Penn State men's volleyball team outlasted No. 13 USC, 23-25, 25-21, 28-26, 19-25, 17-15, on Saturday (Jan. 20) at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on the second day of the AVCA Showcase.

In the tourney's later match on Saturday, the host No. 2 Bruins meet No. 3 Ohio State.

USC lost its fourth straight match to fall to 3-4, while Penn State improved to 3-1. The Trojans and Nittany Lions both fell in 4 sets the AVCA Showcase's first day on Thursday (Jan. 18), USC to Ohio State and Penn State to UCLA.

Jack Wyett had a match-best 20 kills (hitting .341) with 5 digs and 5 blocks for USC, while teammate Ryan Moss had 14 kills and 7 digs, Gianluca Grasso had 10 kills, 6 blocks, 5 digs and 2 aces, Sam Lewis had a match-high 11 blocks, Cole Paxson had 8 digs and Kyle Gear had 6 blocks off the bench.

For Penn State, Aidan Albrecht had 18 kills (hitting .412), 6 digs and 3 aces, while Matthew McLaren and Calvin Mende each had 15 kills and 6 digs and Jalen Penrose had 15 kills and 4 blocks.

USC hit .297 to PSU's .285 and the Trojans had 20.5 blocks.

USC used a 3-point run to forge a 22-19 lead in the first set, all the margin it needed while posting 4 blocks. Penn State broke a 10-10 tie in the second set by scoring 4 of the next 5 points and the Trojans couldn't catch up as the Nittany Lions hit .478. USC held a 23-18 lead in the third set, but Penn State tied it at 24-24 and then won it in extra time while putting up 6 blocks in the set. USC got off to a 5-0 start in the fourth set only to see the Nittany Lions tie it at 9-9, but the Trojans then scored 6 of the next 8 points to go up 15-11 and steadily pulled away while hitting .722 and getting 5.5 blocks. In the fifth set, USC had a 13-11 lead but Penn State tied it at 13-13 before USC retook the lead at 15-14, however the Nittany Lions tallied the match's final 3 points.

USC next travels to top-ranked Long Beach State next Saturday (Jan. 27) for a 7 p.m. non-conference match

UC Irvine 3, Grand Canyon 2

Recap by GCU

PHOENIX -- The No. 12 ranked Grand Canyon University men's volleyball team dropped a close match to No. 6 UC-Irvine on Saturday night 2-3. The match went five sets with scores of 25-22, 17-25, 25-17, 19-25 and 13-15. The loss puts the Lopes at 6-2 on the season while UCI improves to 7-1.

"Ironically, I am more pleased with our performance tonight than our win on Thursday," commented head coach Matt Werle. "We are starting to execute our scouting report better and better each night. A few bad decisions late cost us this match."

The two ranked teams fought through a five set battle in front of 1,379 fans, an Antelope Gym record for volleyball. The Anteaters out hit the Lopes .438 to .281 and amassed more kills with 63 to 59. The home crowd kept GCU in the game and gave them momentum when needed but a late UCI rally would put the match away.

GCU was led on offense by Shalev Saada who had 20 kills and one assist with a .263 hitting percentage. Cody Williams was the other Lope with double digit kills adding 11. Redshirt Senior Cullen Mosher came in during the fourth set and was an instant difference-maker on his way to eight kills, two aces and a block all while hitting .545. Luke Turner and Sky Engleman both had seven digs while setter Zachary Melcher contributed six of his own.

UCI was led by Karl Apfelbach who had 17 kills on 37 attempts. The Anteaters had three players with double digit kills and four players hit .500 or better.

The first set started like two top-15 teams were going at it. There were four ties within the first twenty points of the match until GCU had an 11-9 lead. GCU would take the lead and run with it after a 3-0 run forced an UCI timeout. The Anteaters fought hard after the break and tied the match at 20. The Lopes responded with a 4-0 run led by kills from Saada, Ashton King and Puna Kaniho moments before a UCI service error gave the Lopes a 25-22 set win.

Set number two started with the Lopes up 3-0 but a 7-0 run by UCI gave the visitors the momentum they would use to take charge of the set and ultimately win it by a score of 17-25. The third set however was all GCU as they would use a .483 hitting percentage, 16 kills and two errors to win by the same score and take the match lead 2-1.

The fourth set started like the ones before them, both teams fighting to a tie, 6-6. UCI used two 3-0 runs and hit .625 in the set on their way to a 19-25 win and tie the match 2-2.

The fifth set encapsulated the entire match. Back and forth play by the two sides had everyone in Antelope Gym on their feet. With UCI up 5-6 an error would tie the set setting up back-to-back aces from Mosher swinging the momentum and giving the Lopes an 8-6 lead before switching sides. The two teams would reset and continue the battle as the score read 12-12 late in the set. A GCU error followed by an Anteater ace put UCI up by two and a service error would shrink the margin to one. UCI used a kill from Aaron Koubi to take the set and the match.

"We are nowhere near our potential and that is something that is very exciting as we continue to move through non-conference play." Said Werle. "We will learn from this and move forward."

Looking ahead

GCU will have almost a week long break before they host UC-San Diego on Friday Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. UCSD will then play another Arizona opponent in Ottawa University on Saturday at Antelope Gym before Ottawa takes on GCU at 6 p.m.

Long Beach State 3, Stanford 0

Recap by Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. - Kevin Rakestraw and Kyler Presho combined for 18 of Stanford's 36 kills, but the Cardinal came up short against No. 1 Long Beach State, Saturday, at Maples Pavilion.

The Beach improved to 7-0 with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-23 decision over the Cardinal (1-6). Long Beach State hit .316 as a team and held Stanford to a .225 clip.

Stanford's middles, Rakestraw and Presho, each tallied nine kills to pace the team. Presho hit .750 (9-0-12) and finished with three blocks. Rakestraw posted a .444 attack percentage and had a season-high four digs.

Junior setter Russell Dervay dished out 27 assists, while recording three blocks, two kills and a team-high five digs. Senior libero Evan Enriques finished with four digs for the Cardinal.

Stanford starting pin hitters, Leo Henken, JP Reilly and Jaylen Jasper, struggled offensively against Long Beach State with 13 kills and 12 errors on 39 attempts (.026). Sophomores Mason Tufuga and Eli Wopat replaced Reilly and Jasper to start the third set.

For the match, Long Beach State registered a sideout rate of 70 percent, while Stanford was at 59 percent.

The Cardinal hung with the Beach in the opening set, hitting .333 and had 10 tie scores and two lead changes. Long Beach State would not relinquish a lead in the second, holding Stanford to a .100 team attack percentage.

The Cardinal rallied a comeback in the third, tying the set at 22-22 as Presho and Dervay teamed up for back-to-back blocks. Long Beach State junior Kyle Ensing then recorded a kill and a block to give. the Beach match-point. Jasper kept Stanford's hope alive with his fifth kill, but a service error by Dervay ended it.

Ensing led the Beach with 12 kills on .385 hitting and seven digs. Junior TJ DeFalco also had 12 kills, but hit just .192. Junior libero Jordan Molina had a match-best 10 digs.

Stanford will play its next seven matches on the road, beginning with a rematch against the Beach on Friday at the Pyramid in Long Beach.

UC San Diego 3, Concordia 1

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