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Men’s College Volleyball Roundup for January 19

A lot has happened in the world of men’s college volleyball, and we’re here to bring you all the exciting updates. From new rankings to standout performances, this roundup has it all. Join us as we dive into the latest news from the DI/II and DIII divisions, highlighting key matches and the talented athletes who are part of the USA Volleyball National Team Development Program.

NCAA Division I/II

UCLA Takes the Top Spot

The UCLA Bruins are off to a fantastic start this season, with a perfect 4-0 record. Their most recent victory came in a 3-0 win against Loyola Chicago. Led by David Ido’s 12 kills and Guy Genis’ 5 blocks, UCLA showed their dominance on the court. Next up, the Bruins will go head-to-head with No. 4 Ohio State in the First Point Collegiate Challenge on Friday. Read more about UCLA

Long Beach State Impress

Long Beach State is also making waves early in the season with a solid 3-0 record. In their most recent match, they traveled to the east coast to defeat Merrimack 3-0. Nathan Harlan led the team with 8 kills, while Mason Briggs contributed 6 digs. The Beach will continue their journey at the NJIT Tournament, where they will face George Mason and NJIT. Read more about Long Beach State

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Hawaii Bounces Back

After a brief hiatus from the top 3, Hawaii has reclaimed their spot with a 3-1 record. They secured a recent win against Emmanuel, with Spyros Chakas leading the team in kills and ‘Elu Choy dominating on defense with 5 digs. Hawaii will enjoy a week off before their matches against Purdue Fort Wayne. Read more about Hawaii

Ohio State Climbs the Rankings

The Ohio State Buckeyes are making their mark this season, boasting an impressive 4-0 record. Their most notable win came against UC San Diego, where Jacob Pasteur’s 20 kills and Thomas Poole’s 17 digs led the team to a 3-2 victory. Ohio State now sets its sights on the highly anticipated matchup against No. 1 UCLA. Read more about Ohio State

Grand Canyon Cracks the Top 5

Grand Canyon University has burst onto the scene with a perfect 5-0 record, earning them a spot in the top 5. Their season opener against CSUN resulted in a convincing 3-0 win, and they continued their winning streak against UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and Lindenwood. Camden Gianni’s 10 kills and Jackson Hickman’s 5 digs stood out in their recent victory over Lindenwood. Up next, Grand Canyon will face UC San Diego before taking a week off. Read more about Grand Canyon

NCAA Division III

Stevens Leads the Pack

The defending national champions, Stevens Institute of Technology, are off to a strong start with a perfect 3-0 record. They recently defeated Kean University 3-0, with Koby Sherman’s 6 kills and Tyler Hoke’s 4 blocks shining through. Stevens will face off against Wentworth and MIT in the upcoming MIT Tri-Match. Read more about Stevens

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Wentworth Makes History

Wentworth Institute of Technology is making waves in the NCAA Division III rankings, securing the No. 2 spot. This is the highest ranking in the program’s history, and they will have a chance to prove themselves in a tri-match against MIT and No. 1 Stevens. Read more about Wentworth

North Central (IL) Looks to Rebound

North Central (IL) had a tough start to the season with a 0-3 loss to Dominican University (IL). Jared Moser led the team with 12 kills, while Caelan Kloth showcased his defensive skills with 7 digs. North Central will aim for a comeback when they face Adrian College this weekend. Read more about North Central (IL)

Southern Virginia Shines

Southern Virginia University is making their first appearance in the roundup after starting the season with a strong 2-0 record. Christian Sheaffer’s 8 kills and Kristo Bianchin’s 4 blocks were instrumental in their recent victory over Lancaster Bible. The Knights have a busy weekend ahead with matches against Wittenburg, Lees-McRae, and Roanoke. Read more about Southern Virginia

Juniata Begins with a Win

Juniata College kicked off their season on a high note, securing a 3-0 win against Stevenson. Tyler Goldsborough led the team with 12 kills, while Chris Mellor contributed 4 blocks. Up next, Juniata will compete in the St. John Fisher Tournament with matches against St. John Fisher, Lasell, and Misericordia. Read more about Juniata

FAQs

Q: When is the next match for UCLA?
A: UCLA will face Penn State on January 20.

Q: Who are the standout players for Long Beach State?
A: Mason Briggs and Nathan Harlan have been performing exceptionally well for Long Beach State.

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Q: What is Hawaii’s upcoming schedule?
A: Hawaii has a week off before their matches against Purdue Fort Wayne on January 25 and 26.

Q: When will Ohio State play USC?
A: Ohio State will face USC in the First Point Collegiate Challenge on January 20.

Q: Who is the defending national champion in Division III?
A: Stevens Institute of Technology is the reigning national champion in Division III.

Conclusion

The world of men’s college volleyball is full of excitement and talent. With teams like UCLA, Long Beach State, and Hawaii leading the way in Division I/II, and Stevens and Wentworth making waves in Division III, there’s no shortage of thrilling matches to look forward to. Stay tuned for more updates as the season unfolds and these incredible athletes continue to showcase their skills.

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