MPSF Volleyball Results, Mar. 10

Photo Courtesy BYU
March 10, 2017

*Byu 3, PEPPERDINE 0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-17)

Recap by BYU

MALIBU, Calif. -- Combined play from pin hitters Jake Langlois, Brenden Sander and Tim Dobbert helped No. 3 BYU men's volleyball handle No. 9 Pepperdine in straight sets (25-23, 25-23, 25-17) Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. "This was a great all-around team performance from our guys," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "They were assertive from the start of each set. We'll look to have that same mindset as we return to competition tomorrow night."​ Langlois led the Cougars with 15 kills while Sander and Dobbert each had 14. Additionally, Sander had a career-high tying four aces, Langlois had three blocks and Dobbert had eight digs. Leo Durkin set the team with 41 assists and had nine digs while Erik Sikes added nine digs of his own. Price Jarman contributed a team-high five blocks in the win. Dobbert collected the first three points of the first set for BYU (16-2, 10-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) from a pair of kills and an ace to take a 2-1 edge against Pepperdine (6-8, 4-7 MPSF). Sander then collected two aces to extend the Cougars' lead to four, 7-3. BYU maintained its advantage at 15-10 following another Sander ace, forcing a timeout from the Waves. After the break, Pepperdine countered with a 7-1 run to take a 17-16 lead, but kills by Dobbert and Langlois evened the score at 20-all. The Cougars had set point at 24-22 following Sander's fourth ace, and he ended the close set 25-23 on a kill. The Waves went up 3-2 early in the second set, but BYU scored the next four-consecutive points to go up 6-3. Pepperdine's offense picked up from there as it took a 10-8 edge following a 7-2 rally, which included three aces from Mitchel Penning. A Jarman kill tied the set at 12 apiece, but the Waves went on another run, this time 5-2, to take the lead again at 17-13. A trio of Langlois kills helped the Cougars tie the set again at 19-all, and the teams remained within a point of each other from there as a Jarman solo block put BYU up 23-22. The Cougars closed out another close set 25-23 after consecutive errors from Pepperdine. A kill from Jarman kept BYU on pace with the Waves to start the third set, tying things up at 5-5. Kills from Dobbert and Sander propelled the Cougars to a 10-8 advantage, forcing a Pepperdine timeout. Another Dobbert kill extended BYU's lead to five at 14-9, but the Waves scored the next four-straight points to get back within a point, down 14-13. An 8-1 run from the Cougars ensued to re-extend BYU's lead to eight at 22-14. Langlois eventually ended the set and match with a kill, 25-17. The Cougars return to Firestone Fieldhouse Saturday, March 11, at 7 p.m. PST for a rematch. The match will be streamed live on TheW.tv. Links to the video stream and live stats can be found on the BYU men's volleyball schedule page.

UC Irvine 3, Ball State 0 (at Ohio State) (25-14, 25-22, 25-19)

Recap by UCI

Columbus, Ohio -- No. 6 UC Irvine had just three attack errors in a 3-0 sweep of No. 12 Ball State (25-14, 25-22, 25-19) on a neutral court at St. John Arena Friday. The three errors are the fewest of the year and the .478 hitting percentage (47-3-92) is the second best this year. The Anteaters win their third in a row and improve to 14-6 overall. UCI will play No. 1 Ohio State tomorrow (Mar. 11) at 4:00 p.m. PT Seniors Thomas Hodges (.435) and Tamir Hershko (.526) led UCI with 10 kills each, neither committing an attack error. Hodges also added two aces and five digs. Freshman middle blocker Scott Stadick had seven kills, hitting .467 with two block assists, while junior Reid Dominguez tied his season-high with eight kills on a .667 hitting mark and junior Aaron Koubi had six kills. Setter Michael Saeta recorded 38 set assists, three aces, six digs and three kills. Libero Dillon Hoffman had a match-high eight digs. Ball State (14-6) was led by Matt Szews's 11 kills. Adam Wessell and Connor Gross also had eight digs. The Cardinal hit .211 (31-15-76). In the first set, UCI started 6-2 on a pair of Aaron Koubi kills and an ace by Michael Saeta. Two aces by Thomas Hodges helped extend the lead to 16-7. Kills by Hodges, Reid Dominguez and Matthew Younggren ended the set, 25-14. With the score tied at 22s in the second set, three Ball State errors would give UCI the 25-22 victory. The teams remained close in the third game until consecutive kills by Hodges and Tamir Hershko took UCI to a 17-15 lead. The Anteaters would not trail again, using two kills by Scott Stadick, a kill by Hodges and a pair of Cardinal mistakes to move out to a 24-18 advantage. Following a UCI service error, Stadick put away the match winner from the middle, 25-19.

OHIO STATE 3, UC San Diego 0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-13)

Recap by UCSD

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The University of California San Diego was little match for top-ranked and undefeated reigning national champion Ohio State, falling 3-0 in non-conference men's volleyball action Friday night at St. John Arena. Scores were 25-17, 25-19 and 25-13. UC San Diego moved to 5-14, having now dropped nine matches in succession. The Tritons had just suffered a three-set decision at No. 2 Long Beach State exactly one week ago. Ohio State ran its remarkable win streak to 42 straight contests, now at a perfect 19-0. The teams last met in 2011, with UCSD pulling off the four-set upset of then-third-ranked OSU. Tonight's result evened up the all-time series at 3-3. Junior opposite Tanner Syftestad put down 14 kills for the team high for a 15th match in a row. UCSD remains in Columbus, Ohio, to round out a season-long four-match road stretch on Saturday, March 11. The Tritons await a neutral-site date inside St. John Arena with No. 12 Ball State of Muncie, Ind. The Cardinals, like Ohio State, are from the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. First serve is set for 2 p.m. PT.

LONG BEACH STATE 3, George Mason 0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-21)

Recap by LBSU

LONG BEACH - The second-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team rolled to its 11th straight victory as the Beach swept George Mason (25-12, 25-15, 25-21) on Friday night on the first day of the ASICS Tournament. Long Beach State (18-2) turned in a solid performance on all sides of the ball as the Beach notched a hitting percentage of .394 (37-11-66), while forcing the Patriots (7-10) into a negative attack percentage (-.149). Leading the 49ers' offense was the sophomore duo of TJ DeFalco and Kyle Ensing. The pair tallied 10 kills each as Ensing hit .500 (10-2-16), while DeFalco posted a .353 clip (10-4-17). DeFalco also led the team with six digs, while Ensing and senior middle blocker Amir Lugo-Rodriguez put up four blocks apiece. The Beach's blocking game was on-point as they tallied 10.0 total team blocks with 18 block assists and a solo block coming off the hands of Lugo-Rodriguez. With their blocking defense performing at the top of their game, they managed to force the Patriots into a total of 27 attack errors en route to tallying a negative attack percentage in all three sets. With the defense keeping George Mason off the board, the 49ers' offense received another solid outing from sophomore setter Josh Tuaniga as he dished out 30 assists in the match leading to another stout offensive performance from the Beach, who currently lead the nation in hitting percentage and assists per set. LBSU dominated the first set as it took an early lead and never looked back. The Beach owned the lead throughout the frame as they hit .526 in the set and forced George Mason into a -.250 attack percentage. Long Beach State continued to extend its lead over GMU, before cruising to a 25-12 victory. The Beach brought their momentum from the first set into the second as they never trailed. Long Beach State broke a 3-3 tie on a kill by Ensing and went on to win the second set by 10 points (25-15). George Mason attempted to fight back in the third set tying the game six times and exchanging leads with LBSU on three occasions. However, Long Beach State took advantage of a Patriots' attack error and earned an 11-10 lead that it would not relinquish. From that point, the Beach held the edge over the Patriots and went on to win the third set, and complete the sweep, with a 25-21 victory. The Patriots' leading scorer was Bradley Creamer, who tallied seven kills in the contest. Brian Negron tallied 11 assists, while Johnny Gomez and Kyle Barnes each notched four digs. Long Beach State continues action in the ASICS Tournament on Saturday, March 11 against No. 10 Loyola at 7 p.m. The Beach's match will follow the CSUN-George Mason match at 5 p.m.

Loyola-Chicago 3, CSUN 2 (at LBSU) (23-25, 25-20, 27-25, 18-25, 15-13)

Recap by CSUN

NORTHRIDGE, CA - Sophomore Dimitar Kalchev pounded a career-high 26 kills but it wasn't enough as No. 11 CSUN's upset bid came up just short as No. 10 Loyola-Chicago pulled out a five-set non-conference victory Friday at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach.

The Matadors (12-9) hit under .200 as a team for the second time but Kalchev was a bright spot hitting .348 on 46 attacks. He narrowly missed his first double-double of the season with nine digs to go with three aces, giving him 55 for the season. The CSUN record for aces in a single season is 57 by Eric Vance in 2009.

Redshirt freshman Parker Maki also notched a season high with 12 kills (.160) to go with five digs and two blocks. Fellow freshman Schylar Lillethorup came off the bench to add eight kills (.190) while Eric Chance chipped in six kills (.556) and two blocks.

Despite hitting .197 (59-34-127), the Matadors out-hit the Ramblers (.187) and had a 59-49 advantage in kills. CSUN also had a decisive edge in team digs (57-31) as senior libero CJ Suarez had a career-high 21. Matador setter Sam Porter also came within inches of a double-double with 50 assists and nine digs.

Loyola did post a sizable advantage in blocks as the Ramblers doubled up the Matadors 16-8.

CSUN takes on George Mason to close the Asics Long Beach Invitational Saturday at 5 p.m

*HAWAII 3, Stanford 0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-22)

Recap by UH

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team posted its ninth consecutive straight-set victory and extended its set win streak to a program-record 29 Friday against No. 8 Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-22, 25-17, 25-22.

The teams play again on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

The Rainbow Warriors (19-2, 9-2 MPSF) also extended their overall win streak to 14 and home win streak to 18, one shy of tying the program mark.

Sophomore opposite Stijn van Tilburg was nearly unstoppable with a match-high 21 kills, hitting a remarkable .515. The Amsterdam native also recorded one ace, four digs, and three blocks while posting his fourth career 20-kill match.

No other Warrior reached double figures in kills, however, UH's two middles - Hendrik Mol (6) and Patrick Gasman (5) combined for 11 kills and five blocks, hitting .588. Setter Jennings Franciskovic dished out 42 assists and led the Warriors to a team hitting percentage of .370.

'Iolani School grad Gabriel Vega had 11 kills to lead the Cardinal (11-8, 6-6) while Kamehameha Schools-Hawai'i alum Evan Enriques added 10 digs.

The Warriors opened Set 1 with a three-point lead but that quickly vanished as the Cardinal led 16-13. But UH used a 7-1 run to recapture the lead and closed out the set with back-to-back kills by van Tilburg.

Hawai'i led 13-9 in Set 2 after a 5-1 run which included a thundering kill by van Tilburg. The lead stretched to 18-13 and the Warriors out-scored the Cardinal 7-3 en route to a 25-17 victory. UH tallied three blocks and two aces in the frame.

In a back-and-forth Set 3, UH tied it at 20 after van Tilburg's 19th kill. The teams traded points before Kupono Fey stuffed Clay Jones one-on-one giving the Warriors a 23-22 lead. Van Tilburg's 21st kill got the crowd on its feet for aloha ball and the Vega has ruled across the 10-foot line on a kill attempt to end it.