MPSF Championship Tournament Begins Saturday

Photo courtesy UCLA
Photo courtesy UCLA
April 9, 2018

MPSF Volleyball Release 14

The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Volleyball Championship Quarterfinals is Saturday (April 7) at 7:00 pm PT, hosted by No. 2 seed UCLA, No. 3 seed Pepperdine, and No. 4 seed Concordia. SportsLive will be broadcasting all of the action. SportsLive is an online streaming service offering subscribers the ability to watch and listen to over 6,200 live events and 11,000 on-demand videos from 60-plus partner schools. It is the most comprehensive collegiate sports streaming service available and it covers more than 30 sports. SportsLive will also cover the MPSF Volleyball Semifinals (Apr. 19) and Finals (Apr. 21) at top seed BYU, as well as the MPSF Lacrosse and Women's Water Polo Championships at the end of April (Apr. 27-29).

How to Watch the MPSF Men's Volleyball Championship Quarterfinals

Date: Saturday, April 14

Time: 7:00 p.m. PT

Matches: Stanford at UCLA, USC at Pepperdine, Grand Canyon at Concordia

Stanford at UCLA Quarterfinal Live Video Stream (Subscription)

USC at Pepperdine Quarterfinal Live Video Stream (Subscription)

Grand Canyon at Concordia Quarterfinal Live Video Stream (Subscription)

DAENAN GYIMAH OF UCLA MPSF/MOLTEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

UCLA sophomore middle blocker Daenan Gyimah (Scarborough, Ontario) hit .632 for the week (27-3-38) with 3.86 kills per set and added 10 block assists (1.43 B/S) in leading the Bruins to a four-set win over Stanford (Apr. 5) and a 3-0 win over BYU (Apr. 7). Gyimah, who hit over .600 in each match, led UCLA in kills and blocks in both contests and served an ace each night. He is hitting an NCAA-high .534 for the season and looks to become the first Bruin in the rally scoring era (since 2001) to hit over .500 in a season with at least 300 hitting attempts. Gyimah won three MPSF weekly awards this year. Others Nominated: Jaylen Jasper (STAN); Colby Harriman (PEP); Gabi Garcia Fernandez (BYU); Shalev Saada (GCU)...

SKY ENGLEMAN OF GRAND CANYON MPSF/MOLTEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Grand Canyon senior libero Sky Engleman (Honolulu, HI/Moanalua HS) had his impact performance of the week in a 3-1 win against USC in the regular season finale (Apr. 6). With playoff seeding on the line, Engleman recorded a 2018 MPSF season-high 19 digs (4.75 D/S). The 19 digs were two shy of his career-best and his 10th double-digit dig performance of the year. He added two assists and did not have any reception errors. This is the first career MPSF honor for Engleman. Others Nominated: Colby Harriman (PEP); Evan Enriques (STAN)...

MPSF TOURNAMENT BEGINS SATURDAY WITH QUARTERFINAL ACTION

No. 1 seed BYU (10-2 MPSF/20-6 Overall) clinched the MPSF Tournament's No. 1 seed when it won 3-0 at Pepperdine in the final week (Apr. 5). The top-seeded Cougars earned a quarterfinal bye, and will host the MPSF Semifinals for the fourth time in the last six years on April 19, followed by the championship on April 21. In the semifinals, BYU will take on the lowest seeded team to win its quarterfinal match. BYU is the NCAA leader in blocks per set (2.86), led by Price Jarman's conference-best 1.21 average. Gabi Garcia Fernandez has served 46 aces, second-most in the MPSF.

No. 2 seed UCLA (9-3 MPSF/22-6 Overall) earned the No. 2 seed when it won 3-0 over second-ranked and MPSF regular season winner BYU on the final night (Apr. 7). UCLA hosts No. 7 seed Stanford in one of three MPSF Quarterfinal matches Saturday (Apr. 14) at 7 pm. The Bruins won both regular season meetings in four sets. Daenan Gyimah is the NCAA hitting leader (.534). He hit .632 (27-3-38) with 10 blocks (1.43 B/S) in the final week's wins against BYU and Stanford. Micah Ma'a dishes an MPSF-best 10.73 assists per set, running the top offense in the conference and No. 3 in the nation (.355). UCLA's .400 hitting percentage in the regular season finale marked the 12th time it reached that level.

No. 3 seed PEPPERDINE (8-4 MPSF/15-7 Overall) won its regular season finale at home, 3-0 over Stanford (Apr. 7). The Waves are the three seed, hosting No. 6 seed USC Saturday (Apr. 14). Both meetings went to Pepperdine this year, 3-2 in Malibu (Feb. 17) and 3-0 in Los Angeles (Mar. 29). David Wieczorek ranks second in the MPSF in kill average (3.94 K/S) and is No. 1 in aces per set (0.59 A/S). Wieczorek's ace average is third nationally, as is his points per set (4.96). The Waves are No. 2 in the nation as a team in aces per set (1.90).

No. 4 seed CONCORDIA (5-7 MPSF/14-15 Overall) locked in the third and final MPSF Quarterfinal home court when it won in four sets over USC in the regular season finale (Apr. 7). Concordia is the four seed, hosting No. 5 seed Grand Canyon Saturday (Apr. 14). The Eagles and Antelopes split two meetings in their initial seasons in the MPSF, with CUI winning in three at home (Feb. 22) and GCU taking it in four in Phoenix (Mar. 23). Hunter Howell is in the NCAA's top-five in hitting (.406), as is Jacob Weiser in digs per set (2.80). Weiser's dig average also leads the MPSF.

No. 5 seed GRAND CANYON (4-8 MPSF/18-10 Overall) won a 3-1 home decision vs. USC to wrap the regular season (Apr. 6), and following other results the next night, took the five seed for the MPSF Tournament. Sky Engleman picked up a 2018 MPSF season-high 19 digs in the regular season finale. Ashton King ranks second in the MPSF in hitting (.436).

No. 6 seed USC (3-9 MPSF/7-19 Overall) enters the MPSF Tournament as the six seed. Tied in the final regular season standings, the Trojans won a two-way tie over Stanford by virtue of winning both head-on matches vs. the Cardinal. Jack Wyett ranks third in the conference in kill average (3.73 K/S). Gianluca Grasso is one of four MPSF players to have served 40-plus aces on the year.

No. 7 seed STANFORD (3-9 MPSF/6-19 Overall) is seeded seventh, returning to UCLA for the second-straight weekend. Jaylen Jasper is the MPSF kills per set leader (3.99), also ranking fifth in the nation. Kyler Presho is in the MPSF's top-five in hitting (.416).