Two-time defending champion Hawai’i, UCLA, Penn State, Ohio State made it simpler for the NCAA Division I-II males’s volleyball committee.
There had been no upsets Saturday within the 4 conference finals the place groups are into account for at-large bids.
That leaves including two at-larges to the NCAA Championship bracket of seven groups and, most logically, that can be Long Beach State and Grand Canyon/or BYU. GCU, ranked within the NCAA RPI gained each MPSF conferences with BYU this season.
That stays to be seen later Sunday, particularly since NCAA committees in all sports activities have been recognized to throw surprises when least anticipated. But on this case, the one surprises — if there are any — ought to come within the type of seeding.
UCLA swept Stanford to win the MPSF, Hawai’i beat UC Irvine in 4 to win the Big West, Penn State swept Princeton to win the EIVA, Ohio State beat Ball State in 4 to win the MIVA, and King gained a wild one in 5 over North Greenville to win Conference Carolinas.
The seven-team event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, that features three play-in matches to get to the May 4 semifinals, can be introduced on a reside present on NCAA.com that’s scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday.
NCAA.com, which is able to stream the three play-in matches, quarterfinals and semifinals, had not up to date its males’s volleyball web page since Hawai’i defeated Long Beach State within the 2022 national-title match. Finally Saturday evening it made reference to the Sunday present.
The national-championship match is May 6 on ESPN2 with the most effective volleyball-announcing tandem within the enterprise, Paul Sunderland and Kevin Barnett, on the decision.
Breaking it down
After Sunday’s announcement present, VolleyballMag.com’s Rob Espero will be part of editor Lee Feinswog for a Zoom with chosen NCAA coaches within the discipline and others providing their evaluation. Our lineup contains UCLA coach John Speraw, Penn State coach Mark Pavlik, Ohio State coach Kevin Burch, and, as analysts, Loyola Chicago coach John Hawks and Lincoln Memorial coach John Cash.
We won’t have anybody from defending-champion Hawai’i. As a group spokesman informed us, the Rainbow Warriors gained’t even be sticking round Irvine to observe the present as a result of they’ll be on a aircraft again to Hawai’i.
Our Zoom will submit by mid-afternoon.
Hawai’i (28-2) gained its eleventh in a row by sweeping UC Irvine 25-18, 21-25, 25-13, 25-22 to turn into the primary group to win back-to-back Big West Championship event titles.
Dimitrios Mouchlias led the Rainbow Warriors with 17 kills, hitting .387, and had an ace, six blocks and 6 digs. Chaz Galloway added 13 kills, hit .417, and had two assists, an ace, six blocks and eight digs. Spyros Chakas struggled with seven errors, however had 9 kills, two assists, two aces, two blocks and 10 digs.
“We came out pretty focused and played pretty good,” UH coach Charlie Wade stated. He identified this his group made 4 serving errors and 6 assault errors within the first set “and stlll won pretty handily.”
“When our serving is rolling it kind of defines who we are.”
Hawai’i hit .330 and had six aces and 15 serving errors. Jakob Thelle had two kills in three errorless tries, 47 assists and 5 blocks. Brett Seward had 9 digs.
Hawai’i, which beat UCI for the 14th time in a row, grew to become the primary Big West group to win each the common season and event titles in the identical 12 months since Long Beach State in 2018.
UCI, enjoying at residence earlier than a crowd of 4,064 (many rooting for Hawai’i), ended its season 18-11 after enjoying within the Big West ultimate for the primary time. The Anteaters hit .160 — its third lowest of the season — and had 4 aces and 13 errors. Hilir Henno led with 17 kills, an ace, three assists, a block and 5 digs. Francesco Sani had 13 kills, two assists, two aces, 5 blocks and 6 digs. Cole Gillis had 5 kills, an ace, three blocks and a dig. Maxim Grigoriev had no kills however eight blocks, one solo. Joe Karlous had 27 assists, two blocks and 6 digs.
UCLA (29-2) made a powerful case for getting the No. 1 seed within the NCAA event with its 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 win at Stanford (15-13).
The Bruins, who gained their tenth match in a row, maintain the highest spot within the NCAA RPI, adopted intently by Penn State and Hawai’i.
Merrick McHenry had 10 kills with no errors in 12 assaults, 4 blocks and a ig. Ido David had seven kills, an ace, theee blocks and 5 digs, and Ethan Champlin had seven kills, two assists, an ace, 5 digs and 4 blocks, one solo. Andrew Rowan had two kills in as many tries, 34 assists, three aces, a solo block and three digs. His group hit .373 and had 5 aces and 18 errors.
UCLA is on the 29-victory mark for the primary time because it went 29-5 when it gained the 2000 NCAA title. This was additionally UCLA’s twentieth sweep of the season and most because the 1988 Bruins had 20 sweeps.
Stanford hit .173 and had seven aces and 14 errors. Will Rottman led with 13 kills, two aces and 5 digs. Four of his teammates had 4 kills every for Stanford’s different 16 kills.
Ohio State (22-9) gained the event for the 18th time and first since 2018 with its 27-25, 25-17, 19-25, 25-19 victory at Ball State.
Jacob Pasteur had 19 kills, seven within the first set, to go along with a block and 6 digs. Ohio State hit .363 and had six aces and 19 errors, six by Pasteur.
Shane Wetzel had 16 kills, hit .333 and added an help, an ace towards 5 errors, three blocks and three digs. Pasteur had six of his kills within the fourth set and Wetzel 5 as their group had 19 kills with one error in 30 assaults.
Cole Young had 10 kills with one error in 14 assaults, an ace and a dig. Jack Stevens added 9 kills with one error in 18 swings and added two blocks and 9 digs, and Justin Howard had seven kills with one error in 15 assaults. He additionally had two digs and 6 blocks, one solo.
Michael Wright had two kills, 54 assists, three aces, two blocks and 9 digs, and Thomas Poole had seven digs and an help.
Defending-champion Ball State’s season ended 20-9. The Cardinals hit .275 and had two aces and 11 errors.
Kaleb Jenness led Ball State with 16 kills and hit .400 after having two errors in 35 assaults. He added an help, three blocks and 7 digs. Tinaishe Ndavazocheva had 16 kills, one help, two aces, three blocks and three digs. Vanis Buckholz had six kills with no errors in 12 assaults and 5 blocks. David Flores had a kill, 37 assists, two blocks and 9 digs. Lukas Pytlak had 9 digs and 4 assists.
Penn State (26-3) gained its thirty fifth EIVA tourney title with its 25-14, 25-18, 25-22 sweep of visiting Princeton.
Cal Fisher led Penn State with 12 kills, two aces, 5 digs and three blocks, one solo. Fisher, who was injured earl and at last bought on the ground eight matches into the season in February, had a season-high 23 kills within the semifinals towards George Mason.
Brett Wildman adeded eight kills, an help, an ace, two blocks and 4 digs. He had 5 kills and hit .500 within the third set. Michal Kowal completed with six kills, an ace and two digs.
Cole Bogner had two kills in as many tries, 25 assists and 6 digs. His group, which gained its eighth match in a row, hit .324 and had 5 aces and 14 errors.
Princeton ended its season 14-12. The Tigers bought off to a tough begin in January and stood 2-5 after seven matches. They had been 4-8 after back-to-back losses at Penn State in mid-February earlier than successful 10 of 13 earlier than Saturday.
Against Penn State, Princeton hit .054 with 4 aces and 17 errors. Brady Wedbush led with seven of the Tigers’ 24 kills.
Warren Davis had 29 kills and third-seeded King knocked off one other higher-seeded group, this time top-seeded North Greenville. Now the Tornado (16-15) are going to the NCAA event for the second time.
King, which swept second-seeded Erskine within the semifinals, needed to go the gap to beat defending-champion North Greenville (19-8) 25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 30-32, 15-12. Davis’ kill complete was a profession excessive and he added two assists, two blocks and 12 digs. Jackson Carroll had 15 kills, hit .406, and had two assits, 4 blocks and 4 digs. Kellan Kennedy had 13 kills, hit .500, and had an ace, two digs and a career-high 11 blocks, two solo. AJ Drooker had seven kills, 5 blocks and 11 digs. Jack Sarnowski had two kills, 59 assists, an ace, two blocks and 10 digs, and Justin Sawyer had 12 digs and two assists.
King, which had a season-high 15 blocks, hit .280 and had six aces and 11 errors.
King is again within the NCAA discipline for the primary time since 2018 when it misplaced to Ohio State.
North Greenville hit .237 and had 4 aces and 15 errors. Michael de la cruz led with 20 kills, an help, three blocks and three digs. Emanuel Adames had 16 kills, hit .520, and had 5 blocks and two digs. Diego Rosich had 15 kills, an help, an ace, 9 digs and 4 blocks, two solo. Jacob Brown had 9 kills, two blocks and 10 digs. Jorge Riesgo had a kill, 61 assists, seven digs and two blocks, one solo.
Third-seeded LIU (19-11) gained the inaugural conference title with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-20 victory over top-seeded Saint Francis (PA).
Livan Moreno had 12 kills, hit .409 and had 4 digs. Caden Satterfield had 11 kills, hit .429 and had two blocks and two digs. Luke Chandler had 10 kills, three blocks and 4 digs. Arthur Sueur had 5 kills in eight errorless assaults, each of his group’s aces, 4 blocks and a dig. Gio Collazo had 12 digs and an help.
Luca Holanda had 35 assists, a block and 6 digs. His group hit .341 and had these two aces and 11 errors.
SFU, which ended its season 15-12, hit .29 and had no aces and 17 errors. Blake Liprando led with 11 kills, eight digs and two blocks, one solo. Thomas Leahey, Trevor Lewis and Andrew Deardorff had 9 kills every.
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