March 11, 2017
*HAWAII 3, Stanford 0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-20)
Recap by UH
HONOLULU -- The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team continued its dominance and record-breaking streaks after a straight-set win over No. 8 Stanford, Saturday in the second of two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-13, 25-19, 25-20.
The Rainbow Warriors (20-2, 10-2 MPSF) broke the program-record for consecutive sets won, extending the streak to 32 with their 10th straight 3-0 victory. UH also tied the school-record with its 19th straight home win, reaching a mark that was last set in 1989. The win was also UH's 14th straight overall and 10th straight in league play.
The win clinched a playoff spot for the Warriors, who will participate in the MPSF Tournament for the sixth time under head coach Charlie Wade. It also gave UH its 20th victory for the ninth time in program history and second time in the last three seasons.
Sophomore opposite Stijn van Tilburg and senior outside hitter Kupono Fey each tallied 11 kills to lead the Warriors. van Tilburg hit .450 and had six digs and two blocks while Fey hit at a .381 clip along with three digs and four blocks.
UH's nation-leading block, tabbed the Manoa Roofing Co., tallied 13 on the night, including a career-high six by freshman middle Patrick Gasman and five by setter Jennings Franciskovic, who also dished out 32 assists and led UH to a .370 hitting percentage.
Clay Jones led the Cardinal (11-9, 6-7) with 10 kills.
The Warriors broke the sets streak in Set 1. UH doubled-up the Cardinal, 10-5, behind three blocks and made it 16-6 after a 9-1 run that included six unanswered points. UH went on to hit .500 in the set with van Tilburg and Fey each chipping in with four kills.
After a tight start to the second set, the Warriors' block came alive with three stuffs during a four-point run and an 11-8 lead. Two more blocks, including a solo roof by Jennings Franciskovic gave UH a 19-13 advantage and the Warriors rolled to a 25-19 win.
Hawai'i jumped out to a 7-3 lead in Set 3 with four straight points including back-to-back stuff blocks by Gasman. The lead was 14-6 after five straight points, three by way of Cardinal hitting errors. The match ended anticlimactically as Stanford coach John Kosty challenged a net violation.
The Warriors will next travel to No. 3 BYU for a critical two-match MPSF series Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 in Provo, Utah.
*Byu 3, PEPPERDINE 0 (25-22, 25-22, 26-24)
Recap by BYU
MALIBU, Calif. -- Senior outside hitter Jake Langlois and No. 3 BYU men's volleyball swept past No. 9 Pepperdine (25-22, 25-22, 26-24) Saturday night at Firestone Fieldhouse to complete the series sweep.
"This was a great weekend for our team," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "Pepperdine is a phenomenal program, and I'm proud of our guys battling both Friday and Saturday night to get two wins here on the road. It was a great effort from our entire team. I loved our ability to focus when we really needed to sideout or score a point."
Langlois led the Cougars with a season-high 19 kills on a .378 clip. Erik Sikes collected double-digit digs with 12 and Leo Durkin set the team with 42 assists. Price Jarman had five blocks and Brenden Sander and Tim Dobbert contributed 10 and nine kills, respectively, in the win.
Pepperdine (6-9, 4-8 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) took a 4-1 advantage against BYU (17-2, 11-1 MPSF) to start the first set. The Cougars countered with an 8-2 run, fueled by errors from the Waves, to take a 9-6 lead. Pepperdine scored eight of the next 11 points to retake a 14-12 edge, forcing Olmstead to take a timeout. A trio of Langlois kills helped BYU even the score at 18-all, and a Sander ace gave the Cougars a 22-20 advantage late. Langlois then ended the set 25-22 for BYU after consecutive kills.
Dobbert got things started for the Cougars in the second set with a kill and an ace en route to a 3-0 lead. The teams traded points as a Joseph Grosh kill kept BYU ahead 9-6. The Waves then went on a 4-1 rally to tie things up at 12 apiece. With Pepperdine up 17-15, the Cougars rallied with a 5-2 run to recapture a 20-19 advantage. A Sander kill gave BYU set point at 24-22 and Miki Jauhiainen followed that up with a service ace to win the set 25-22.
The Waves got off to an early 3-1 lead in the third set, but a pair of Jarman kills helped the Cougars tie the set at 5-5. Pepperdine then went up 9-6, but a trio of Langlois kills and an ace tied the score yet again at 10-all. The teams stayed within a point of each other from there until two Dobbert kills put BYU up 17-15, forcing a timeout from the Waves. The Cougars led by as many as five, 21-16, following a Jauhiainen kill, but Pepperdine used a late push with a 6-1 run to tie the set at 22 apiece. A Sander kill eventually gave BYU set point at 24-23, and consecutive Langlois kills ended the set and match in overtime, 26-24.
The Cougars return home to the Smith Fieldhouse for their next match, facing No. 4 Hawai'i Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m. MDT. The match will be televised live on BYUtv and simulcast on BYU Radio -- Sirius XM 143. Links to the video/audio feeds as well as live stats can be found on the BYU men's volleyball schedule page.
UC Irvine 3, OHIO STATE 0 (28-26, 25-19, 25-20)
Recap by UCI
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 6 UC Irvine toppled No. 1 Ohio State, 3-0 (28-26, 25-19, 25-20) at St. John Arena, snapping the Buckeyes' 42-match winning streak.
UCI wins its fourth straight match and seventh in the last eight outings to improve to 15-6 overall. Ohio State suffers its first loss in 399 days and goes to 19-1 on the season.
Three Anteaters had double-digit kills led by junior Aaron Koubi's match-high 13, while hitting .455. Seniors Tamir Hershko and Thomas Hodges each added 11 kills. Libero Dillon Hoffman and middle blocker Matthew Younggren were impressive with Hoffman recording 14 digs and Younggren rejecting five total blocks. Setter Michael Saeta hit .833 (5-0-6) and recorded 27 set assists, two aces and eight digs. Scott Stadick had three kills and three total blocks in the win.
The Anteaters out-hit OSU .361 to .222 and had a 35-23 dig advantage. The Buckeyes led in aces (9-3) and blocks (9-8).
The Buckeyes were led by Miles Johnson with 12 kills and Maxime Hervoir with 11.
Ohio State used a 4-0 run to take a 9-6 advantage then another 5-0 run that included two blocks and an ace to put the Buckeyes in front 16-10. The Anteaters rallied with six straight on two kills each by Hodges and Aaron Koubi, a block by Matthew Younggren and a Buckeye attack error to knot the score at 17-17. UCI would take a 19-18 lead on a kill by Tamir Hershko and a block by Younggren and Michael Saeta. Back-to-back kills by Koubi and Hershko gave UCI the 28-26 victory. It was only the second time all year that the Buckeyes have dropped the opening set, the last Jan. 6 in the season opener against USC.
A kill by Koubi was followed by two more from Saeta to put the Anteaters up 11-8 in the second set. Younggren took over at the net with two blocks to help UCI to a 21-15 lead. Two OSU errors plus a kill by Hodges gave UCI set point 24-17. The Buckeyes would score the next two to force a UCI timeout before a Scott Stadick block ended the set, 25-19.
In the third set, a kill by Stadick and consecutive OSU attack errors built a 7-3 lead. Ohio State rallied with four in a row, two from aces, to knot the score at 9-9. Kills by Saeta and Hershko pushed the margin back to 11-9. Another OSU attack error was followed by an ace by Saeta and a block by Stadick forcing a Buckeye timeout, 14-10. Out of the timeout, Saeta fired another ace and Stadick put away a kill to extend the lead to 16-10. After an OSU kill, the Anteaters had kills by Hodges and Hershko and a block by Stadick and Koubi to push the score to 19-11. After kills by Koubi and Hershko gave UCI set point, 24-16, the Anteaters watched Ohio State score four points before a kill by Hershko ended the match, 25-20.
UCI remains on the road traveling to Pepperdine Mar. 25 at Firestone Fieldhouse.
LONG BEACH STATE 3, Loyola-Chicago 0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-19)
Recap by LBSU
Long Beach, Calif. - No. 2 Long Beach State came out strong and put away Loyola Chicago Saturday night in straight sets 25-13, 25-20, 25-19. Kyle Ensing and TJ DeFalco both finished with 11 kills as Long Beach State improved to 19-2 on the year, now having won 12 in a row.
Long Beach State was in control early, grabbing an 8-4 lead and forcing a quick timeout from Loyola (11-6) in the first set. After a pair of sideouts, the Beach pushed two more points to take a 12-5 lead. A great block from Amir Lugo-Rodriguez and Andrew Whitt made the score 15-8, and LBSU cruised on for a 25-13 win on a Josh Tuaniga ace. Long Beach State held Loyola to -.231 hitting in the first set, as the Ramblers made 11 attack errors.
Action really cleaned up in the second set, as the 49ers improved their hitting to .448 in the second set, while Loyola hit .226 in the set. Going back and forth early, Long Beach State was able to finally push ahead at 18-16 on a great play. On an excellent dig from Tuaniga, DeFalco set a perfect ball to Whitt who put away the kill. With the momentum on the side of Long Beach State, a Ben Plaisted error put the Beach in front 22-19, and two more Rambler errors closed out the set in a 25-20 win.
In the third, the teams held very close early, until Bryce Yould came up with two kills on service to push the Long Beach State lead to 15-13, and then again to 17-14. Up 19-16, DeFalco took over to pull away for the win with an ace, a back-row kill and then another ace to put LBSU on top by six on the way to a 25-19 victory.
DeFalco was named the ASICS Tournament MVP, while Tuaniga and Ensing were also both named to the six-player All-Tournament Team.
With the win, Long Beach State put themselves in a great position to be ranked No. 1 in the next poll, as No. 1 Ohio State lost in three to UC Irvine on Saturday.
In the first match of the day, George Mason pulled off the upset, winning 3-0 over No. 11 CSUN behind 19 kills from Jack Wilson.
UCLA 3, Harvard 0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-17)
Recap by UCLA
No. 7 UCLA swept past Harvard in a non-league men's volleyball match played on Saturday night in Pauley Pavilion. Score of the contest was 25-11, 25-17, 25-17. The Bruins hit .560 for the match with a balanced attack and recorded a season-high 13 aces in the win. UCLA is now 13-7 on the season and will host Sacred Heart and Concordia next Friday and Saturday before returning to MPSF action.
The Bruins blew out to an 8-2 lead in set one. Senior Mitch Stahl's serve helped UCLA to pull away as he recorded back-to-back aces to spark the run. The Bruins led 13-5 after an Oliver Martin kill. Dylan Missry registered a couple of aces for a 20-7 advantage. Michael Fisher took care of points 24, with a kill, and 25, with an ace. UCLA hit .615 for the set. Jake Arnitz led the team with six kills, hitting .667 on nine swings.
A couple of Christian Hessenauer kills staked UCLA to a 4-1 lead in set two. Harvard slowly worked their way back into the set, closing to gap to one at 11-10. Another ace from Stahl capped off a Bruin answer for a 14-10 lead. Jackson Bantle's big serve helped the Bruins to separate from the Crimson as UCLA moved out to a 22-13 advantage. Missry tallied his fifth kill of the set for point 25. The Bruins hit .520.
Daenan Gyimah entered the match in set three and promptly put down two balls and added a block, with Missry, for a 3-1 start. Harvard came back to even the score at points 4, 5, 6 and 7. Another Gymiah spike put UCLA back in front for good at 8-7. An ace by Hagen Smith made it 14-10. Eric Sprague smashed one down for a 16-11 lead. Hessenauer's kill took it to set point and then Smith followed with another ace to end the match.
Hessenauer led UCLA with nine kills (.389) and two aces. Missry finished with eight kills (.667), seven digs and a couple of aces. Stahl had three aces and four kills. Fisher added six kills (.417) and an ace. Seven different Bruins tallied an ace on the night. Harvard failed to record an ace or a block. UCLA had 5.5 blocks on the night. Davis Gillett had six digs.
Ball State 3, UC San Diego 0 (at Ohio State) (25-23, 25-19, 25-19)
Recap by UCSD
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The University of California San Diego men's volleyball team wrapped up a season-long four-match road stretch with a straight-set defeat to No. 12 Ball State in non-conference, neutral-site action Saturday at Ohio State's St. John Arena. Scores were 25-23, 25-19 and 25-19.
UCSD returns home and to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play against Division II rival California Baptist this Tuesday night, March 14. First serve is at an earlier 6 p.m. inside RIMAC Arena on North Campus in La Jolla
George Mason 3, CSUN 0 (at LBSU) 27-25, 26-24, 25-23
Recap by CSUN
NORTHRIDGE, CA - Three deuce games all went to George Mason Saturday as the unranked Patriots knocked off 11th-ranked CSUN 27-25, 26-24, 25-23 in the Asics Invitational at Long Beach State.
The Matadors opened the tournament Friday with a tough five-set loss to No. 10 Loyola-Chicago before suffering just their third loss in 13 matches against unranked foes this season.
After playing just three of the five sets against Loyola on Friday, junior Arvis Greene rebounded to put down a match-high 19 kills on .406 hitting to go with five blocks against George Mason. Greene however was the only Matador hitter to reach double figures in kills as sophomore Dimitar Kalchev was limited to eight kills on .118 hitting. Kalchev did add one ace against the Patriots giving him 56 aces on the season, one from tying Eric Vance's eight year old school record.
Junior middle Eric Chance chipped in five kills on eight errorless swings to hit .625 with four blocks while fellow middle Josiah Byers added three kills on .400 to go with three blocks.
Sophomore setter Sam Porter handed out 33 assists to go with seven digs and freshman Kelsey Yogi made his collegiate debut at libero scooping up four digs along with one assist.
CSUN led by as many as three in the opening set as as a Patriot hitting error put the Matadors in front 12-9. But George Mason outscored CSUN 8-2 over the next 10 points to open up a three point lead of its own at 17-14. GMU still led by three at 18-15 when a pair of Patriot errors and a Porter ace pulled the Matadors even.
The score was tied six more times down the stretch, the last at 25-25 following a Chance kill, when a Jack Wilson kill and a Langston Payne ace gave GMU the 27-25 win.
A Greene kill put the Matadors in front 23-21 in set two before the Patriots answered with a kill and a block to knot the score. A Greene kill set CSUN up with set point at 24-23 but George Mason rolled off three consecutive points to take a 26-24 win and a two set lead.
The final set was equally tight as the two squads forged a 21-21 tie when Porter was whistled for a setting error. A GMU kill out of a Matador timeout gave the Patriots a two-point advantage 23-21 when CSUN called its final timeout. The Matadors pulled within one after a George Mason service error but an ensuing Patriot kill gave GMU match point at 24-22.
A George Mason hitting error saved one match point but Greene's attack was stuffed by the Patriot block sending George Mason to the 3-0 sweep.
Wilson matched Greene's 19 kills to lead the Patriots who improved to 8-10 on the season.
CSUN returns to MPSF play next week as the Matadors complete the home portion of the 2017 schedule against Pepperdine (Mar. 15) and Long Beach State (Mar. 17).
Lewis 3, UCSB 1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 25-22)
Recap by UCSB
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - No. 15 UC Santa Barbara battled tightly with No. 5 Lewis for four sets on Saturday night, but ultimately dropped the non-conference contest 25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 25-22.
The MIVA-member Flyers, who were playing their third match in as many days on a west coast road trip, improved to 16-5 on the year. The Gauchos meanwhile dropped to 9-11.
Senior outside hitter Jacob Delson was a bright spot offensively for UCSB, posting a match-high 22 kills. Junior outside Hayden Boehle had a nice night on the attack as well, notching 13 kills.
Other top performers include freshman setter Casey McGarry, who logged 29 assists in two-plus sets while parlaying his wicked jump spin serve into three aces, senior libero Parker Boehle (team-high seven digs), and sophomore middle Henri Cherry (five kills in limited action).
Lewis was led by left-swinging Mitch Perinar's 17 kills, just ahead of Ryan Coenen's 15 for the team lead.
UCSB got off to a slow start in the match, as the Flyers led from start to finish and held the home squad to negative hitting.
The Gauchos responded in the second with their best play of the night, hitting .303 and outlasting Lewis for the win. Things actually looked dire for UCSB in that frame, with the visitors using a 7-0 run to pull ahead 14-11. The Gauchos clawed back to tie it at 18-apiece, setting up UCSB to take the set late by winning its last three points.
Sophomore opposite Corey Chavers started off the mini-run with two straight kills - including a perfectly placed roll shot to finish off an impressive sequence that started with a McGarry scoop and a nice set from Delson - and then Spencer Fredrick and Keenan Sanders were able to get to their right and stuff Kyle Bugee for a set-clinching block.
In an extremely tight third set, Lewis got revenge on the Gauchos with a late run of their own, winning five of the final six points to go ahead 2-1 in the match. Middle Jacob Schmiegelt was pivotal for the Flyers during the surge, contributing on all five points (three kills, two block assists).
Lewis rode that late momentum into a sizable lead early in the fourth, pulling ahead 9-3. UCSB fought back and tied it 16-all, and the teams were neck and neck over the next eight points.
With the score 20-20, Lewis setter Matt Yoshimoto's serving gave his team just enough cushion, with an ace kicking off a 3-0 run to make it 23-20. Lewis was content to trade points from then on, sealing it on a Perinar kill off the block.Concordia University Irvine on Wednesday.
CONCORDIA 3, Cal Baptist 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-8)
Recap by CBU
After dropping the first set 25-20, CBU got better and better in each set, posting its best performance in the fourth. The Lancers hit at a 43.3-percent to take the game 25-22 and force a fifth set.
Tied at 4-4 in the fourth, CBU scored three-straight points to put some distance between itself and the Eagles. An attack error gave the Lancers the sideout point to start the spurt, before Rohit Paul smacked down a kill and another CUI error put CBU in front 7-4.
Despite the Lancers taking as high as a four-point lead in the set, the Eagles came clawing their way back in it and tied the set up at 19-19. Back-to-back kills from Paul and Luis Palos gave CBU some breathing room and forced a Concordia timeout.
The Eagles tried to come back again, pulling within one at 23-22, but Kevin Vaz sealed the set victory for the Lancers with consecutive kills.
Vaz and Paul led CBU with 13 and 11 kills, respectively, while Caleb Miller finished with six kills without committing a single error. The senior also posted six blocks on the night, including a solo stuff. Defensively, Emmett Enriques finished with 13 digs, followed by Paul with nine.
The Lancers return to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Tuesday, heading to UC San Diego for a 6:00 p.m. match.