Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Men’s College Roundup for March 29

Welcome back to the Men’s College Roundup! In this edition, we’ll be taking a look at the latest rankings and key matches in Division I/II and Division III volleyball. Our focus is on showcasing the top teams and highlighting the talented athletes who are part of the USA Volleyball National Team Development Program. Let’s dive in and see what’s been happening on the courts.

NCAA Division I/II

No. 1 Hawaii

This week, Hawaii reclaims the top spot in the rankings after two wins over CSUN. They have been a dominant force throughout the season and have not lost a set since March 17. Dimitrios Mouchlias led the team in kills, while Guilherme Voss showcased his blocking prowess. Hawaii’s upcoming matches against UCSB will determine if they can maintain their position.

No. 2 UCLA

With a 21-2 record, UCLA is making their mark this season. They recently secured two victories against Stanford, with David Ido leading the team in kills and Ethan Champlin excelling in digs. UCLA players Andrew Rowan, Ethan Champlin, Merrick McHenry, and Alex Knight have also made significant contributions to the USA Volleyball National Team Development Program.

No. 3 Penn State

Penn State endured a tough loss against Ohio State but still holds a solid 18-3 record. Cal Fisher showcased his attacking skills, while Cole Bogner stood out in digs. Penn State’s upcoming matches against Harvard will be crucial for their season.

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No. 4 Long Beach State

Long Beach State is currently at a 14-3 record after their wins against USC. Sotiris Siapanis and Mason Briggs were the standout performers in kills and digs, respectively. Long Beach State has a challenging series of matches against UCSD coming up.

No. 5 (a) Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon University is having an impressive season with a 21-2 record. They recently split their matches with Concordia, with Camden Gianni and Christian Janke leading the team in kills and digs, respectively. Grand Canyon University players Camden Gianni and Rico Wardlow have also been making their mark in the USA Volleyball National Team Development Program.

No. 5 (b) UC Irvine

UC Irvine has been on a four-match winning streak, pushing their record to 14-6. Hilir Henno showcased his attacking skills, while Joe Karlous stood out in digs. UC Irvine players Francesco Sani and Cole Gillis have also been making notable contributions to the USA Volleyball National Team Development Program.

NCAA Division III

No. 1 Stevens

Stevens remains at the top of the rankings with an impressive 26-2 record. They recently secured a 3-0 win over MIT, with Koby Sherman and Connor Feulner leading the team in kills and blocks, respectively. Stevens’ upcoming match against Eastern University will be a crucial test for their season.

No. 2 Vassar

Vassar is making waves with a 17-1 record. They recently defeated NYU, with Andrew Kim and Jorge Adames Reyes leading the team in kills and digs, respectively. Vaughn Ramsey has also been a standout player for Vassar in the USA Volleyball National Team Development Program.

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No. 3 Juniata

Juniata holds an impressive 22-2 record after their recent victory over Randolph-Macon. Tyler Goldsborough showcased his attacking skills, while Kevin Duffy III stood out in blocks. Juniata is gearing up to host Elizabethtown in their next match.

No. 4 Springfield

Springfield remains strong with a 21-2 overall record. Talon Kohler and Paolo Mondini were the standout performers in kills and digs, respectively, in their most recent win against Elms. Springfield’s upcoming match against Vassar will be an exciting clash.

No. 5 Messiah

Messiah is currently at a 20-2 record after their recent victory over Misericordia. Mason Nissley and Owen Hanzelman led the team in kills and digs, respectively. Messiah will be looking to continue their winning streak against Arcadia.

FAQs

Q1: Is Hawaii still the top-ranked team in Division I/II?
A1: Yes, Hawaii has reclaimed the top spot in the rankings after their wins against CSUN.

Q2: Who are the standout players for UCLA this season?
A2: David Ido and Ethan Champlin have been making significant contributions to UCLA’s success.

Q3: Can Penn State bounce back from their recent loss?
A3: Penn State will have a chance to prove themselves in their upcoming matches against Harvard.

Summary

In this edition of the Men’s College Roundup, we’ve seen Hawaii reclaiming the top spot in Division I/II, while Stevens continues to dominate in Division III. UCLA, Penn State, Long Beach State, Grand Canyon, and UC Irvine have all been impressive with their performances. Vassar, Juniata, Springfield, and Messiah are also teams to watch out for in Division III. Stay tuned for more exciting volleyball action!

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