NCAA men have a full Friday volleyball slate, the women’s coaching carousel is spinning


NCAA men’s volleyball, after overcoming so many COVID-related early season delays, has its first really full schedule Friday with 20 games on tap.

That includes a battle of two 4-0 teams as Penn State of the EIVA, number 3 in the AVCA coaches top-15 poll, plays at number 12 USC of the MPSF and number 11 Ohio State (3-0) of the MIVA goes. to No. 2 UCLA (1-0) of the MPSF.

Both teams of MIVA Chicago are home when No. 7 Lewis (3-0) hosts No. 5 Long Beach State (1-0) from the Big West and No. 9 Loyola (2-2) Belmont Abbey (3-0) of Conference Carolinas.

Also Friday, No. 13 UC Irvine (3-1) of the Big West will play No. 10 BYU (0-2) of the MPSF, No. 6 Grand Canyon (2-2) of the MPSF will play No. 8 UC San Diego (2-0) of the Big West, and UC Santa Barbara (1-3) of the Big West playing No. 4 Pepperdine (3-0) of the MPSF.

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In NCAA Division I women’s volleyball this week, Siena took on Simone Asque as head coach, while Santiago Restropo resigned from Arkansas State and Allison Yeager left Seton Hall to take the job at Binghamton.

We start with a men’s update per conference.

GREAT WEST — While the highest and defending national champion is Hawai’i 4-0, CSUN has yet to play a match. Hawaii, which visited Edward Waters in succession, had this week off and will play an alumni game on Friday evening. Then the Rainbow Warriors make a trip to the mainland to play in Ball State on January 29 and 31 before heading to Austin, Texas to play Kentucky State, Queens and Stanford. Hawai’i has, in fact, taken batting practice against opponents, hitting .459 this season. Four players have 20 or more kills, 28 by Chaz Galloway and 27 by Dimitrious Mouchlias. Guilherme Voss had 23 kills with one foul in 31 attacks to hit .710, and Spyros Chakas has 20 kills hitting .412…

Long Beach State goes to Lewis and Loyola this weekend. The Beach also hits .459 after opening the season with victories over Harvard and Erskine. Clarke Godbold has 23 kills and hits .559…

At least UCSD can play when visiting Grand Canyon, but fans are not allowed… UCI plays twice at BYU. The Anteaters lead the league with 12.67 kills per set… UCSB goes to Pepperdine, where a win would go a long way in getting the Gauchos back into the top 15. hit .163 … CSUN has canceled all of its scheduled matches. The Matadors hope to open their season at UCLA on January 27.

CONFERENCE CAROLINAS — To his credit, Erskine has played an ambitious schedule, but the fleet, which has played the most games of any team in the league, is 0-6. They have lost twice to Pepperdine, USC and Long Beach, as well as Lancaster Bible College and Limestone… Belmont Abbey is 3-0 after winning Long Island twice and then Carolina. The Crusaders will have a good barometer of where they stand after playing against Loyola and Lewis this weekend… Mount Olive is 2-0. Two weeks ago’s games against Pepperdine were canceled when the Wave couldn’t make the trip, but the Trojans then turned down a visit to George Mason in five innings and defeated Queens in four. Tobi Azeez made sure to get everyone’s attention after getting 37 kills while hitting .311… King will play twice on Saturday, against Fairleigh Dickinson and host of Harvard. Erskine is going to try to break through against freshman program Edward Waters.

George Mason’s Omar Hoyos hits the Purdue Fort Wayne block as Eamonn covers Testermann / Rachel Von photo

EIVA- Penn State is off to a great start, playing Friday at USC and Saturday at UCLA. The Nittany Lions, No. 3 in the AVCA poll, are their highest in 13 years. Senior middle was AVCA national player of the week last week. The Nittany Lions hit .404 and average 12.8 kills per set… It was an up-and-down start for George Mason, one of three teams that compete for the league title every year. The Patriots swept Barton, but then lost in five to Mount Olive before winning five points at Purdue Fort Wayne on Thursday. Jack Bolz led with 21 kills, three aces, seven blocks and five digs. Omar Hoyos had 15 kills, batted .387 and added an assist and 13 digs… The other team in that top tier, Princeton, is 1-3 after being swept three times on his SoCal swing, to USC, UCLA and Pepperdine, before the Tigers won in four at UCSB on Wednesday. Princeton hit .313, led by Ben Harrington’s 14 kills. He hit .346 and had two aces, three blocks and two digs. Nate Thompson had 11 kills with one foul in 18 attacks, three aces, two digs and four blocks, two solo. Henry Wedbush had two kills in as many attempts, 33 assists, three acess, a block and nine digs.

MIVA- This is a big weekend for the conference with the Chicago schools both receiving visits from Long Beach State, Ohio State making the LA trip, and Ball State playing George Mason.

Lewis saw his first three games canceled and then defeated Maryville, defeated NJIT in four and defeated Saint Francis. The Flyers hit .412 and got 35 kills from Tyler Mitchem and 27 from Cole Brillhart…

Loyola lost twice in Hawaii to start the season, but won a sweep against Saint Francis last weekend, then defeated NJIT in four. Parker Van Buren has 51 kills, second in the conference, and Colton Brooks 36…

Ohio State opened with back-to-back sweeps of the new Central State program and then swept the EIVA’s St. Francis, so the UCLA game really is the first big test of the season for the Buckeyes. Jacob Pasteuer has 31 kills and hits .357…

Ball State beat up Maryville and Tusculum last week, hitting .464 after those games. Bryce Behrendt leads with 19 kills after three mistakes in 29 attacks.

John Diedrich of Purdue Fort Wayne leads the league with 67 kills and Bryce Walker had 36.

MPSF — Pepperdine’s first four games were canceled before the Waves met Erskine twice and then Princeton on Monday. Pepperdine laced Princeton with 45 kills and just eight errors in 75 swings to hit .493. As a team, the Waves hit .490 after three games, and five players have 10 or more kills, 21 by Austin Wilmot and 20 by Jaylen Jasper…

USC finished 5-14 in 202, 1-6 in the MPSF and last spring it was 5-13, 5-12 in the conference. So the Trojans should be happy to be 4-0 at this point. They have beaten UCSB twice, then a sweep against Princeton and Erskine and now they play against Penn State and Ohio State at UCLA on Friday and Saturday. Five USC players have 21 or more kills, 51 by Simon Gallas, who also leads with seven aces. Sam Kobrine has 40 kills, Brandon Browning and Liam Schroeder 26 each, and Lucas Frassrand has 21. Schroeder hits .575 leading with 13 blocks, three solo, and Frassrand hits .514.

We had Stanford here on Thursday, a team that got off to a 3-2 start. The Cardinal opened with a few strokes from the MIVA’s Lindenwood, split with UC Irvine, but then lost at UCSD last Saturday. This weekend Stanford will play lower division teams at Vanguard and UC Santa Cruz.

BYU was swept twice in Penn State to open the season but has not played in two weeks. The Cougars play host to UC Irvine on Friday and Saturday. BYU finished 20-4 last season after beating Hawaii in the National Championship game…Grand Canyon is 2-2 after beating McKendree twice and losing twice to Penn State. Camden Gianni leads with 53 kills, while Hugo Fisher has 45. Christian Janke has 21 kills with two errors in 34 attacks… Concordi’s first three games were called off, but then the Eagles defeated two Saints, Saint Xavier and Saint Katherine.

SIAC- According to the main competition schedule, none of the first programs has won a match. There have also been quite a few cancellations. Most recently, Kentucky State was swept in Georgetown (Kentucky) on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams.

COACHING CAROUSEL FOR WOMEN — Siena hired Simone Asque as head coach. She played in Virginia, then professionally, and has coached at UIC, NJIT, Coastal Carolina and Seton Hall for the past four seasons. Siena finished 7-23 last season under Vilis Ozols, who was sacked 7-11 from the MAAC in December…

Santiago Restrepo resigned after three seasons at Arkansas State, which finished 15-14 last season, 6-10 in the Sun Belt… Allison Yeager retired after 10 years as head coach at Seton Hall, where her Pirates last season 14- 18 finished, 6-12 in the Great East. She then took over at Binghamton, where she was an assistant in 2005-06. Binghamton finished 7-17, 3-9 in the America East last season. She replaces Glenn Kiriyama, who resigned after 23 seasons…

New Notre Dame coach Salima Rockwell added Craig Dyer to her staff. They coached together at Penn State. He had been with Creighton for the past four years… Minnesota promoted Jenni Houk to assistant coach. She had been the video/tech coordinator. Her husband, Matt, is the associate head coach.

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