MPSF Volleyball Results, Mar. 10

Cody Williams, Grand Canyon (Photo courtesy GCU)
Cody Williams, Grand Canyon (Photo courtesy GCU)
March 10, 2018

at UCLA 3, George Mason 0

Recap by UCLA

The No. 5-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team swept past George Mason in a non-league match played on Saturday night in Pauley Pavilion to improve its home record this season to 11-1. Scores of the contest were 25-17, 25-13, 25-20.

UCLA, now 17-5 overall, hit .493 for the match and won the blocking battle at the net 10.0 to 2.0 against the Patriots, who lead the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Jake Arnitz (.600) and Christian Hessenauer (.667) paced the attack with 10 kills apiece while Oliver Martin and Dylan Missry each added five block assists. George Mason, with a .123 effort, became the ninth Bruin opponent to hit .200 or less.

In set one, UCLA broke an 11-all tie with a mini-run run for a 16-13 lead after a Hessenauer tip for a kill. An ace from Hessenauer upped the margin to 18-14. Martin and Micah Ma'a teamed up for a block which resulted in a 20-15 lead. A couple of swings by Missry produced points 24 and 25 for a 25-17 win. UCLA hit .591 in the set with Martin and Hessenauer finishing with four kills each.

The Bruins moved to a 6-2 lead in set two. George Mason closed to 7-6, but UCLA then ran out to a 12-7 lead after two straight kills by Arnitz. Daenan Gyimah and Missry combined for a block to make it 20-10 to help complete a 6-0 run behind the serve of Ma'a. Arnitz delivered point 24, with an ace, and point 25, on a tip kill, for a 25-13 win. UCLA hit .706 for the set with just a single error on 17 swings.

The Patriots grabbed a 3-5 lead to open set three. UCLA pulled even at 6-all after a kill from Arnitz. Five of the next six points went the Bruins' way for an 11-7 advantage after a Missry/Ma'a/Martin block. UCLA led 16-10 after a Missry swing. A Gyimah kill made it 22-15. GMU closed to 24-20, before Arnitz sent the crowd home following his 10th kill of the night.

UCLA will return to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation league play next week with home matches on Wednesday and Friday nights in the Wooden Center against No. 14 Concordia and No. 13 Grand Canyon. First serve for both MPSF contests is at 7 p.m.

at Grand Canyon 3, Mount Olive 0

Recap by GCU

PHOENIX -- Three nights, three matches, three sweeps for Grand Canyon men's volleyball team after taking down Mount Olive on Saturday night in Antelope Gym. GCU took straight sets by scores of 25-23, 26-24 and 25-21. The Lopes increase their win streak to four and move to 15-6 while the Trojans fall to 11-9.

"We set a goal going into the weekend and we accomplished it; we did not lose a set." Said head coach Matt Werle. "This match was a lot closer than it should have been and our blocking again, was not what it should be. However, I am pleased with our serving and passing tonight. Some of our guys are getting into a nice rhythm from the service line."

Compared to Friday night, the match and stats were closer but the result stayed the same. The Lopes led in every category except blocks in which they were outdone 13 to five. GCU recorded 51 kills, 47 assists, 38 digs and six aces on the night.

Cody Williams continued his hot-streak, leading the Lopes in multiple categories which included 17 kills, two aces, three blocks and a .444 hitting percentage. Cullen Mosher added double-digit kills with 11 and split the aces lead with two of his own. The Lopes hitting percentage improved every set and was paced by Zachary Melcher and Puna Kaniho who split setter duties, each recording 20+ assists. Sky Engleman led GCU's reception with 13 digs while Ashton King teamed up with Williams to split the lead in blocks with three.

Unlike the night before, GCU found themselves trailing early in the match as the Trojans held a 1-4 lead. Mosher responded on behalf of the home team with back-to-back kills followed by an ace, tying the set. From there, a battle ensued with both sides trading leads and forcing ties. Mount Olive found themselves with an 18-19 lead until Melcher used a deceptive attack to swing momentum. A Trojan error and a triple block from King, Melcher and Williams built on the Lopes momentum and would be enough to win the set following a Williams and Caleb Blazer block.

The battle carried over into the second set as seen by an early 5-5 score. GCU used a 3-0 run to pull away but UMO responded with a run of their own and the set went back to square one. Just as the previous set, the Trojans claimed an 18-19 lead and would not yield until the set point. Down by one, a Mount Olive service error tied it, Mosher landed a kill to give the Lopes the lead and a triple block from Mosher, King and Shalev Saada ended it, giving the Lopes a 2-0 match advantage.

GCU came out swinging in the third, determined to accomplish their goal set forth by coach Werle. The Lopes trailed only once in the set, going down 3-4 but quickly retook the lead after a Blazer kill. Each squad used scoring runs to either put distance on a lead or close the gap until Williams and Saada landed consecutive kills to end the set and the match, 25-21 in the Lopes favor.

Always looking to improve, Werle added "We need to be a lot better next weekend and play every point with the intensity and mindset of a match point."

Looking ahead

The Lopes hit the road again for the second half of MPSF play, traveling to Los Angeles for tilts against No. 2 UCLA and No. 7 Pepperdine. With MPSF seeding on the line, GCU looks to rebound in conference play with the matches starting at 7 p.m. and 5 p.m. (MST) respectively.

UC Irvine 3, at Stanford 0

Recap by Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. -- Junior Matt Klassen led the team with 10 kills, but Stanford fell in straight sets to No. 3 UC Irvine, Saturday, in Burnham Pavilion.

Klassen, who made his second start of the season at outside hitter, hit .500 to lead the Cardinal (4-16). As a team, Stanford recorded a .384 attack percentage, while UC Irvine (13-5) was on fire at .531.

Freshman opposite Jaylen Jasper had five kills in the opening set, but left the match late with an injury and did not return. Sophomore Eli Wopat came off the bench in his place and finished with eight kills on 14 swings with just one error to hit .500.

Freshman outside hitter Leo Henken also tallied eight kills for the Cardinal. Middle blockers Kyler Presho and Kevin Rakestraw combined for seven kills and three blocks.

Junior setter Russell Dervay racked up 27 assists to go with three digs and an ace. Senior libero Evan Enriques collected a team-high six digs and three assists.

UC Irvine was led by opposite Karl Apfelbach's 10 kills, while middle blocker Scott Stadick had nine kills on .538 hitting and two blocks.

Stanford resumes MPSF play next Saturday against USC. The Cardinal and Trojans are set to meet at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

Fort Wayne 3, at Concordia 0

Recap by CUI

IRVINE, Calif. -- In their third match in four days, No. 14 Concordia (9-10, 3-3 MPSF) headed back to the floor of CU Arena to take on Fort Wayne (15-5, 3-3 MIVA) in a non-conference match. Both teams were coming off upsets of top ten teams with the Eagles defeating No. 6 Loyola-Chicago and the Mastadons winning at No. 3 UC Irvine. But on Saturday night, Fort Wayne came to play as they outhit Concordia, .337-.144, in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-23) victory over the Eagles.

The wealth was spread around for the Eagles, where four players had five or more kills, led by Raymond Barsemian with eight. Darcy Taig had the next most kills with seven and hit .333 while Hunter Howell went errorless for the seventh-time this season with six kills and hit .500.

Fort Wayne utilized their game plan effectively and early, jumping out to an 8-1 lead in the first set. A Jonathan Predney kill got Concordia their third point of the set, but tough serving from the Mastadons put them up by ten at 13-3. The Eagles tried to crawl back into the set at 14-17 behind a kill from Barsemian, who then sent back a Fort Wayne attack with Howell to go on a 3-0 run. A Fort Wayne service error and block by Jonathan Carlson and Taylor Falduti sparked the Eagles, however, the Mastadons returned with two of their own to make the score 19-11. A 5-1 run gave Fort Wayne set point at 24-13 until Howell crushed a kill from the middle and an attack error by the Mastadons kept the Eagles alive. A joust at the net went in favor of Fort Wayne to give them a 1-0 lead over Concordia.

Set two became competitive between the two teams as teams traded side-outs to begin the first half of the set. Concordia earned consecutive points to lead 9-8 from a Barsemian kill in a one-on-one situation set up by Chandler Gibb and a solo block also by Barsemian. Yet again, Barsemian collected a kill to tie the set at 12-12 and the Eagles regained the lead from a smart kill out-of-system from Howell who wiped a tight set off the Mastadon's block. Down by three, Taig tooled the block for one of his four kills in the set and Barsemian served an ace to bring the score to 20-19 Fort Wayne. A solo block by Falduti and another kill by Taig kept the Eagles in the set, but the Mastadons benefited from two Eagles' errors to take the set.

The Mastadons got ahead early at 6-4 and the Eagles responded with two points to tie the set. Fort Wayne went on a 6-2 run to force Concordia into a timeout, leading 9-6. Teams traded points with Fort Wayne consistently holding the lead at 20-16. Isaiah Kaaa checked in with Predney and gave the Eagles some energy as Kaaa got the back-row attacks going with two kills from Predney and one from Barsemian to close the gap to one. Fort Wayne took advantage of a Concordia service error to get ahead 24-22, but Kaaa set up Howell who put down his hardest hit of the night to fight off one match point. Within one, a self-inflicted error from Concordia ended the match and gave Fort Wayne another upset for the week.

Next Up: Concordia will play one more non-conference match against Harvard on March 12th at 7 PM in CU Arena before returning to conference play.

Loyola 3, at Pepperdine 0

Recap by Pepperdine

MALIBU, Calif. -- A strong back row and big attack effort helped No. 6 Loyola Chicago to a three-set win over No. 7 Pepperdine men's volleyball team on Saturday night in Firestone Fieldhouse.

The non-conference win with 25-21, 26-24 and 25-20 set scores, was the Ramblers (16-4) first over the Waves (10-6) all-time.


• Alex Harthaller (Innsbruck, Austria/Akademischeg Gymnasium/IPFW): 12 kills, .435 hitting %, 4 digs, 3 blocks, 20 service receptionts

• Robert Mullahey (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS): 34 assists, 2 aces, 2 digs, 1 block

• David Wieczorek (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy): 7 kills, 1 ace, 4 digs

• Colby Harriman (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS): 8 kills, 1 ace, 6 digs

• Michael Wexter (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West HS): 5 kills, .444 hitting%, 1 block

• Max Chamberlain (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs HS): 4 kills, 4 blocks, 1 ace

• Nolan Sharp (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS): 4 digs, 23 service receptions


The Waves out-blocked the Ramblers 5.0-4.0, but a solid defensive back row by LUC with 37 digs to Pepperdine's 21 hurt the home team's efforts. The Waves put up 35 kills on a .228 output along with 35 assists and five aces, but the opposition countered with 40 kills on a .355 clip with 38 assists and six aces for the overall win.

BYU 3, at Hawaii 1

Recap by BYU

HONOLULU - Storm Fa'agata-Tufuga pushed No. 4 BYU men's volleyball past No. 2 Hawai'i in four sets (20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23) Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center to win the Outrigger Resorts Invitational.

"We've played a little bit lethargic the past two nights, so it was nice to come out with some confidence," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "I liked how aggressive we were from the service line and at the net. Hats off to Hawai'i for a great match and invitational."

Fa'agata-Tufuga matched his career high with 16 kills while collecting three aces and six blocks. Leo Durkin contributed 44 assists and Brenden Sander had 12 kills, three aces, six digs and four blocks. Gabi Garcia Fernandez collected a career-high five aces, six digs and nine kills while Felipe de Brito Ferreira had seven kills on eight swings. Christian Rupert had a career-high five kills and a career-high eight blocks.

BYU (17-4, 7-0 MPSF) picked up the first point of the first set from a Fernandez kill. Hawai'i (13-3, 1-1 Big West) then collected the next seven-straight points to take a 7-1 advantage. The Cougars rallied on a 4-0 run, with help from back-to-back Sander aces, to get back within a pair, down 7-5. A Fa'agata-Tufuga ace eventually evened the score at 10-all. A pair of kills from Fa'agata-Tufuga helped BYU stay in the lead at 17-15, but the Rainbow Warriors went on a 7-0 run to end the set, winning it 25-20.

Fernandez gave the Cougars a 5-3 advantage to start the second set. Three blocks from Rupert helped BYU go up 10-5, forcing a timeout from Hawai'i. The Rainbow Warriors then went on a 4-1 run of their own to get within a pair, trailing 11-9. Two aces from Fa'agata-Tufuga kept the Cougars ahead 15-10, however. A Fernandez kill maintained the BYU lead, 19-15, and a Ferreira kill made it 23-19. Back-to-back errors from Hawai'i then gave the Cougars the set 25-20.

Three kills from Fa'agata-Tufuga helped BYU take a 6-2 lead in the third set. A 6-1 Cougar run, which included consecutive aces from Fernandez, made it 15-6. Kills by Sander and Fernandez helped increase the lead to double digits at 20-10. The Rainbow Warriors then went on a 9-2 run to get back within three, down 22-19, forcing a timeout from BYU. A Fernandez ace gave the Cougars set point at 24-19 and a Fa'agata-Tufuga kill ended the set 25-21.

A Fa'agata-Tufuga and Rupert block gave BYU an 8-6 edge at the beginning of the fourth set, but Hawai'i scored five of the next six points to go up 11-9. The Cougars tied things up from points 11-13, but the Rainbow Warriors stayed ahead at 19-16 following an ace. Three Sander kills made it 22-22, and a kill by Fernandez gave BYU set point. A Fa'agata-Tufuga and Rupert block then ended the set and match 25-23.

At the conclusion of the invitational, Fernandez and Sander were added to the all-tournament team and Sander was named the Most Outstanding Player.

The Cougars return home next to continue conference play against USC Thursday, Mar. 15, at 7 p.m. MDT. The match will be televised live on BYUtv. Links to the video feed and live stats can be found on the BYU men's volleyball schedule page.