Top-ranked Long Beach State swept No. 2 UCLA, No. 14 UC San Diego pulled the reverse sweep at No. 11 BYU to beat the Cougars for the first time as the teams combined for 55 service errors, UC Irvine broke its losing streak by upsetting No. 5 Pepperdine, and LIU took a set off of No. 3 Hawai’i on Friday in NCAA men’s volleyball.
Fourth-ranked Penn State and Saint Francis (PA) are off to 3-0 starts in the EIVA, and North Greenville scored a surprise Conference Carolinas victory over Mount Olive.
The recaps follow, but first a look at Saturday’s schedule.
UCSD of the Big West is back at the MPSF’s BYU and No. 8 UC Santa Barbara of the Big West is at No. 9 Grand Canyon of the MPSF.
All eight MIVA teams are back in action as No. 10 Ball State goes to McKendree, No. 6 Lewis is home for No, 12 Ohio State, Quincy is at Purdue Fort Wayne, and Lindenwood is at Loyola Chicago.
In the EIVA, Penn State goes to Sacred Heart and Saint Francis plays at Harvard, while Princeton goes to NJIT and George Mason is at St. Francis Brooklyn.
In Conference Carolinas, North Greenville is home for Barton, Emmanuel goes to King, Erskine is at Lees-McRae, and Mount Olive goes to Belmont Abbey.
SIAC action includes Central State home for Maryville and Fort Valley State at the EIVA’s Charleston.
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UCLA’s Miles Partain tries to get the ball over, but Alex Nikolov of Long Beach is having none of it/John Fajardo photo
BEACH SWEEPS UCLA — Long Beach State (7-1) of the Big West took it to UCLA (7-2) of the MPSF 25-22, 25-23, 25-13.
Long Beach hit .400 and had four aces and 10 serving errors. Clarke Godbold led with 17 kills and had just one error in 28 attacks to hit .571. He added an ace, a block, and a dig. Alex Nikolov had 11 kills, hit .400, and had an assist, nine digs, and two blocks, one solo. Shane Holdaway had three kills in four errorless tries, two digs, and two blocks, one solo.
UCLA hit .271 and had two aces and 15 errors. Five Bruins had five or more kills, nine by Ido David, who had an ace, a block, and two digs. Miles Partain had a kill in his only try, 26 assists, eight digs, and two blocks, one solo.
The rematch is next Saturday at UCLA.
UCSD COMES BACK AT BYU — UC San Diego (4-5) of the Big West won 25-27, 23-25, 25-18, 31-29, 15-11 at BYU (5-4) of the MPSF. UCSD reported that that it was the program’s first win over BYU since they started playing in 1993.
UCSD, which hadn’t won since being down 0-2 since 2015, hit .348 and had three aces and a whopping 30 errors. Kyle McCauley led with 20 kills, two aces, eight blocks, and seven digs. Ryan Ka had 15 kills, no aces and nine errors, a block, and four digs. Wyatt Harrison had 13 kills, hit .357, and had two assists, no aces and seven errors, two blocks, and eight digs. Logan Clark had 11 kills in 17 errorless attacks, an ace, six blocks, and a dig. Blake Crisp had a kill, 56 assists, a block, and nine digs, and Matt Palma had 11 digs and four assists.
BYU hit .231 and had four aces and 25 errors. Davide Gardini led with 23 kills as he hit .347 and had three aces, a block, and nine digs. Miks Ramanis had 12 kills, two blocks, and eight digs, and Kupono Browne had 11 kills, three blocks, and four digs. Mitchel Worthington had 11 digs and four assists.