Well, UCLA evened the score, Long Beach State continued to roll, and Ball State stunned Ohio State. Among other scores, Loyola had to go five to beat Quincy.
It’s an NCAA men’s vball roundup this morning, the day of the 50th Super Bowl.
Start with UCLA, which saw its undefeated season go pffffft on Friday at Hawai’i. The top-ranked Bruins came back Saturday to win in five, 22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9 and improve to 11-1 overall, 7-1 in the MPSF. Fifth-ranked Hawai’i is 9-2, 4-2, with that other MPSF loss coming at Pepperdine on January 15. The defeat to UCLA broke a 17-match home winning streak.
No. 2 Long Beach State had to overtime in two of the three sets, but it swept visiting No. 9 Pepperdine, 30-28, 25-23, 26-24, to improve to 9-2, 6-2.
In another MPSF match, the Provo Daily Herald covered No. 3 BYU’s victory over No. 10 UCSB n which the Cougars hit a remarkable .487 as a team.
How about No. 15 Ball State going on the road and knocking off No. 7 Ohio State in five, 14-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-11, 18-16, especially after getting waxed in the first two sets? It was Ohio State’s first MIVA loss of the season as the Buckeyes fell to 8-3, 3-1. Ball State is 7-3, 2-0.
Also in the MIVA, No. 4 Loyola won its seventh in a row but had to grind against Quincy, proving that playing on the road is always tough. Here is the Loyola story.
Also Saturday, No. 8 Penn State improved to 6-2 by sweeping Mount Olive.