Second-ranked Long Beach State of the Big West swept visiting No. 12 Stanford of the MPSF on Friday in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball.
There also were three MPSF matches as No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 USC — behind 28 kills from Simon Gallas — and No. 9 Grand Canyon all won.
Both ranked MIVA teams, No. 8 Ball State and No. 15 Ohio State, won, and No. 4 Penn State remained unbeaten and in command of the EIVA.
All three matches involving Conference Carolinas teams went five, and one featured a 29-kills performance by Michael Marsans of Lees-McRae.
Conference Carolinas has four matches –Erskine at North Greenville, King at Barton, Belmont Abbey at Emmanuel, and Lees-McRae at Mount Olive.
Matches involving independents include Central State of the SIAC playing Daemen, and Fairleigh Dickinson playing Alderson Broaddus.
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MPSF — UCLA (10-2, 2-0) hit .478 and won 25-13, 25-20, 25-15 at Concordia (5-4, 0-2). The Bruins had five ace and 15 errors, and Alex Knight and Ido David had 11 kills each. Knight hit .444 and added an assist, an ace, three blocks and eight digs. David had one error in 17 attacks to hit .588. CUI’s Uriel Batista had eight kills …
USC (11-3, 1-1) hit .459, got 28 kills from Simon Gallas and beat visiting No. 7 Pepperdine 22-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-20. Gallas had two kills in 45 attacks and hit .578 to go with an ace, six digs and four blocks, one solo. Sam Kobrine had 13 kills, hit .323, and had four assists, a dig and two blocks, one solo. Chris Hall had two kills in four errorless tries, 56 assists, a block and eight digs. The Trojans had one ace and 14 errors. Pepperdine (7-5, 2-2) hit .333 and had an ace and nine errors. Spencer Wickens led the team with 22 kills, hit .465 and added an assist, a block and 11 digs. Jacob Steele had 15 kills, an assist, a solo block and seven digs. Bryce Dvorak had 55 assists, a block and three digs …
Grand Canyon (8-6 .2-1) hit .412 and won 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 22-22 at BYU (5-8, 0-1). Christian Janke led the ‘Lopes with 21 kills and hit .606 after having one error in 33 attacks. He had an assist, a block and four digs. Camden Gianni had 16 kills, hit .444 and had an assist, two aces, three blocks and eight digs. Nicholas Slith had a kill, 51 assists, two blocks and eight digs. GCU had four aces and 16 errors. BYU, which hit .310 and had four aces and 16 errors, got 15 kills from Davide Gardini and 14 from Miks Ramanis. Gardini had no errors in 25 attacks, hit .600 and had four assists, an ace, two blocks and three digs. Ramanis had an ace, a block and four digs …
Long Beach State (8-2) of the Big West overpowered visiting Stanford of the MPSF 25-19, 25-22, 25-18. Long Beach hit just .211 and had seven aces and 11 errors. Alex Nikolov led the way with nine kills, five aces, a solo block and three digs. Stanford (8-4) hit .170 and had one ace and 18 errors. Will Rottman had 12 kills, two blocks and four digs, and Justin Liu had 16 digs and an assist.