MPSF Volleyball Results, Jan. 27

Photo by Catt Ott
Jan. 27, 2018

Grand Canyon 3, Ottawa 0

Recap by GCU

PHOENIX – No. 11 Grand Canyon University men's volleyball team won their second match in as many nights with a sweep over in state foe Ottawa (Ariz.) on Saturday night in Antelope Gym. The Lopes earned the sweep by scores of 25-20, 25-14 and 25-20. The win bumps the Lopes to 8-2 on the year while the Spirit fall to 3-4.

"I am glad that we won in three." Stated head coach Matt Werle. "It is important as we grow this season, we win matches quickly when we have the opportunity to. I must give OUAZ credit, they play a scrappy style of volleyball that extended a lot of rallies and forced us to find a way to terminate."

The scrappy style of play did keep the Spirit in the match as the two teams fought a close battle most of the night. Overall the Lopes led in kills (36), aces (9), blocks (8) and assists (33). The two sides tied in digs with 27.

The Lopes had six players hit .300 or better on the night, led by Cody Williams who had a team-high nine kills and hit .500 in two sets. Cullen Mosher also had an impressive night that included eight kills, a .412 hitting percentage and a career high five aces. Will Schwob followed up his productive night from Friday with six kills and five digs in two sets. Ashton King and Alex Shmelev shared the lead in blocks with four while Schwob and Williams led in digs with five.

Set one saw both teams use runs to pull ahead until the set came to a 14-14 tie. GCU then used another run to pull ahead by four before the Spirit cut the deficit back down to two. Schwob recorded a kill and setter Zachary Melcher served up an ace before an OUAZ error and a kill from Williams gave the Lopes the set, 25-20.

The second set had GCU up early as the Lopes scored seven of the first 10 points. The Spirit didn't stay down and battled back to bring the score to 15-12 before Mosher landed a kill and got to the service line. The redshirt senior's run started with a kill from Williams before four aces in a row gave the Lopes a ten point lead. With the aces coming in bunches for GCU it was fitting that an OUAZ service error would end the set and give the Lopes a 2-0 match advantage.

The final set saw some new faces with David Kisiel seeing action and setter Onur Cukur making his GCU debut. On Cukur's first touch as a Lope the freshman served up an ace in the corner of the court picking up right where the Lopes left off in set two. After the start OUAZ would find a rhythm and go up on the Lopes 14-17. GCU capitalized on a couple of errors followed by kills from Kisiel and Jack Burton to take back the lead. The Lopes would go on to score seven of the next nine points including another Mosher ace and wrap up the sweep with a 25-20 set win.

"I am happy that we got a number of guys some on court experience in front of our home crowd." Said Werle. "They need to learn to play in a high intensity environment and I thought they handled it well."

Looking ahead

GCU will hit the road again this weekend for two familiar MIVA foes. First the Lopes will travel to St. Charles, Mo. for a matchup against Lindenwood on Feb. 2 before going to Lebanon, Ill. to face McKendree on Feb. 3. Both matches are set to start at 6 p.m. (MST).

Pepperdine 3, Ball State 1

Recap by Pepperdine

FAIRFAX, Va. – David Wieczorek and Alex Harthaller led the No. 12 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team to a four-set victory over No. 14 Ball State to close the Uvaldo Acosta Invitational on Saturday night, after marking 15 and 10 kills respectively. The Waves (3-2) came back from a first set lost to dominate the attack front and work towards the 20-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-14 final score. Pepperdine marked a .415 success rate against the Cardinals (4-3), while allowing the opposition only a .202 output. BIG WAVES David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 15 kills, .500 hitting percentage, 2 blocks, 2 digs Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 10 kills, .292 hitting percentage, 2 aces, 4 digs, 2 blocks Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 7 kills, 1 ace, 3 digs, 2 blocks Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 5 kills, 5 blocks Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 7 kills, 1 ace, 4 digs, 3 blocks Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 33 assists, 5 digs, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 block Weston Barnes (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach HS/George Mason): 10 digs, 5 assists WAVES VS. CARDINALS Each side posted 45 blocks, but the Waves did so on 82 attempts, while the opposition posted 104 on the night. Pepperdine out-served Ball State with six aces to five, while the Cardinals led with 9.0 blocks to the Waves’ 7.5. The Waves added 30 digs and 44 assists, while Ball State produced 24 digs and 41 assists.

Long Beach State 3, USC 0

Recap by LBSU

LOS ANGELES—The No. 13-ranked USC men’s volleyball team was swept in a non-conference match at No. 1 Long Beach State, 25-22, 25-17, 25-16, on Saturday (Jan. 27).

USC lost its fifth straight match to fall to 3-5 on the season, while Long Beach State of the Big West remained undefeated at 9-0.

Gianluca Grasso led the Trojans with 11 kills, while Jack Wyett and Ryan Moss each had 8 kills.

For LBSU, Kyle Ensing had 13 kills (hitting .435) and 7 digs, Bjarne Huus had 10 kills (hitting .571) and 4 aces, TJ DeFalco had 7 kills and 8 digs and Simon Anderson had 6 kills and 4 blocks.

The 49ers dominated the statistics, outhitting USC, .425 to .180, and getting more aces (8 to 0), digs (41 to 26) and blocks (6.0 to 1.0).

USC built a 14-10 lead in the first set, but Long Beach State tied it at 15-15 and soon after moved out to a 19-17 margin and the Trojans couldn’t catch up as the 49ers hit .500 and served 3 aces in the set. USC started the second set with a 4-2 lead, but LBSU scored 8 of the next 9 points (including 7 in a row) for a 10-5 lead before Troy pulled within 16-15, only to see the 49ers go on a 3-point run to restore order (they had 4 aces in the set). A 4-point run early in the third set gave Long Beach State an 8-4 edge and the 49ers steadily pulled away while hitting .500 and getting 3 blocks.

USC remains on the road next week for a pair of non-conference matches against Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association opponents, first playing at No. 10 Lewis on Friday (Feb. 2) and then visiting No. 7 Loyola-Chicago on Saturday (Feb. 3).

UC Irvine 3, BYU 2

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