MPSF Volleyball Results, Mar. 7

Photo courtesy UCLA
Photo courtesy UCLA
March 7, 2018

UCLA 3, Pepperdine 1

Recap by UCLA

The No. 5-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team used a career-high 17 kills from Daenan Gyimah to deal No. 7 Pepperdine a 3-1 setback in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match played at Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday night. Scores of the contest were 25-17, 17-25, 26-24, 25-17. The Bruin sophomore middle blocker compiled his 17 kills on 18 swings while hitting an incredible .889. The Bruins are now 16-5, 5-2 in MPSF action. Pepperdine falls to 10-5, 4-3. UCLA hit .412 as a team for the night, with only three attack errors combined over the final two sets.

In set one, UCLA moved in front 7-4 after a Dylan Missry kill. Pepperdine closed to 10-8, before the Bruins ran off the next four points with Oliver Martin serving an ace for the final tally in the stretch. The Waves pulled to 16-12 only to see kills by Jake Arnitz and an ace from Gyimah restore order. Gyimah's fifth kill of the set ended the frame at 25-17. The Bruins hit .538 for the set.

The Waves took early control in set two at 5-8. The Bruins closed to 8-10 after a Wave error, but Pepperdine scored the next two points and went on to pull away to a 12-19 lead. After some late Bruin errors, Pepperdine captured the set 17-25 while outhitting the Bruins .467 to .190.

In set three, Pepperdine once again moved out to a 5-8 advantage. UCLA battled back to even the score at 10-all and that set off a back-and-forth battle to end. Neither team led by more than one point down the stretch. The Bruins moved to set point at 24-23 only to see the Waves fight off danger with a tip kill. Gyimah's spike put UCLA in front to stay at 25-24. A swing from Arnitz provided the winning point. Both teams hits over .350 in the set.

UCLA found their block in set four. A wall by Missry, Micah Ma'a and Gyimah made it 5-2 Bruins. Christian Hessenauer and Martin teamed up for a block to push the margin to 10-6. UCLA led 15-7 after back-to-back blocks by Gyimah / Arnitz. The Bruins enjoyed a 17-10 advantage after Arnitz tied his season-high with a 13th kill. A Martin / Ma'a block lifted the Bruins into an eight-point lead. Points 24 and 25 in the set came from Gyimah in a 25-17 win. UCLA hit .444 to .111 for the Waves.

The Bruins will host George Mason, the first-place team from the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

Ball State 3, Concordia 1

Recap by CUI

IRVINE, Calif. - No. 14 Concordia played in their first-ever match in CU Arena as a nationally ranked team in the AVCA DI-II Coaches Poll on Wednesday night, facing off against another ranked opponent in No. 10 Ball State. Behind a steady offense and defense, it was Ball State (11-7, 4-2 MIVA) who was victorious where they defeated Concordia (8-9, 3-3 MPSF) in four sets, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-20.

The Eagles had three players collect double-digit digs on the night with Jacob Weiser leading the way with a match-high 15. Jonathan Predney and Chandler Gibb joined Weiser in double-figures with 11 and 10 digs respectively, while Predney had a match-high 16 kills and Gibb dished out 35 assists for double-doubles for each. Raymond Barsemian was next highest point scorer for Concordia where he had 13 points, all on kills.

Concordia bolted ahead early, getting a 3-1 lead from kills from Predney and Josiah Bergt. Ball State responded right away to take the lead, which from then went back-and-forward between the two teams. No team gained more than a one point lead, until the Eagles used a 4-0 run to allow separation from the Cardinal and force Ball State to use both of their timeouts and make the score 18-14. The gap was close then closed immediately, with Ball State taking six of the next eight points to tie the set up at 20 all. Predney put away a kill to go ahead 23-21, followed by a Ball State kill to come within one. The Cardinal served the ball out of bounds to give the Eagles set point and committed another error to seal the set.

Ball State started to settle in the second set, going ahead 8-2, benefiting from multiple Concordia errors. More Eagle hitting errors extended the lead for Ball State, who were now ahead by eight at 13-5, before the Cardinal committed errors of their own to bring Concordia within four. Down 19-13, Isaiah Kaaa checked in making his hitting debut and collected a kill right away and BSU followed that with a hitting error. Back-to-back kills by Barsemian brought the Eagles within three at 21-18, but a 4-1 run by the Cardinal ended the set and tied up the match.

Concordia grabbed the first two points of the third set while Ball State followed with the next three. Two Ball State errors and kills from Barsemian and Bergt put the Eagles ahead 8-6, but the lead changed in favor of the Cardinal with the score now at 11-9. Alec Krilis and Predney teamed up for a block to retake the lead at 12-11 before Ball State switched the momentum going on a 9-2 run. Predney responded with two kills to come with four at 21-17 to force BSU into a timeout. A 5-2 run ended the Eagles chance at a comeback with the Cardinal finishing the set with a kill to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Teams went toe-to-toe in the start of the fourth set until Krilis put down a kill to take the 7-6 lead. Slowly Ball State went on small runs to gain a lead over Concordia where they got ahead 16-12. Four straight Cardinal points put them ahead by seven and closer to the end with the 20-13 lead. Ahead 23-16, the Eagles got momentum from Hunter Howell, who put down a thunderous kill from Kaaa and teamed up with Parker Maki for a block. Maki put down his second kill and Ball State hit out of bounds to bring Concordia within three at 23-20. A crucial service error for the Eagles gave the Cardinal match point, which Ball State executed immediately with a kill off the high hands to defeat Concordia.

Next Up: Concordia looks to bounce back right away as they return to CU Arena on Thursday night at 7 PM, facing off against another MIVA opponent in No. 6 Loyola-Chicago.

UC San Diego 3, USC 1

Recap by USC

LOS ANGELES--Tanner Syftestad had 18 kills to lead the UC San Diego men's volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-14, 18-25, 25-19 win over USC in a non-conference match on Wednesday (March 7) in La Jolla.

USC lost its seventh consecutive match to fall to 4-14 in 2018 (it is Troy's second 7-match losing skid this year). UC San Diego evened its overall mark at 9-9.

Jack Wyett led USC with 11 kills, while Ryan Moss came off the bench to add 10 kills while hitting .476 and Cole Paxson had 10 digs.

Syftestad hit .395 in the match. Teammate Wyatt Harrison added 12 kills (hitting .435), Alec Flowers had 9 kills (hitting .818) and 7 blocks, Ryan Lew had 13 kills and Luke McDonald served 3 aces.

UC San Diego hit .342 to USC's .182 and the Tritons had more blocks (10.0 to 5.5).

In the first set, UCSD got out to a 6-3 lead and the Trojans could never get a lead as the Tritons hit .591. UC San Diego went on a 3-0 run in the second set to open up a 10-7 lead and steadily pulled away while hitting .607. USC scored 4 consecutive points in the third set to build an 11-6 margin and continued to move ahead. UCSD scored back-to-back-to-back points to forge a 17-15 margin in the fourth set, all the lead it needed to close out the match.

USC next returns home to host non-league foe Harvard on Sunday (March 11) at 7 p.m. PT in the Galen Center.