NCAA Men’s Volleyball: USCB, USC score upset; UCLA, BYU win five-setters


What a Friday in NCAA Men’s Volleyball.

AVCA no. 2 UCLA defeated No. 11 Ohio State in five.

Unranked UC Santa Barbara defeated No. 4 Pepperdine in five.

Tenth-ranked BYU defeated No. 13 UC Irvine in five.

No. 12 USC got 30 kills from Simon Gallas, beating No. 3 Penn State in four sets in a match between previously undefeated.

And No. 5 Long Beach State won in four over No. 7 Lewis.

The summaries follow. Saturday’s schedule includes Long Beach State at Loyola, Penn State at UCLA, UCI at BYU and Ohio State at USC.

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UCLA of the MPSF, who won the only previous match, defeated the visit Ohio state (3-1) of the MIVA 25-18, 25-15, 23-25, 23-25, 15-8. Ido David led with 14 kills, two aces, two blocks and four digs. Cole Ketrzynski had 11 kills, two assists, a block and five digs. Ethan Champlin had 11 kills, four assists, three aces, two blocks and six digs. Miles Partain had six kills in eight clear attempts, 47 assists, an ace, 11 digs and three blocks, one solo. His team hit .359.

Ohio State, batting .202, got 16 kills from Jacob Pasteur, but he hit .091 and had no aces and seven errors, plus one block and five digs. Martin Lallemand and Samuel Clark each had 12 murders…

UC Santa Barbara (2-3) of the Great West, lost to Princeton, drove along the coast and got upset Pepperdine (3-1) of the MPSF 24-26, 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 15-7. Five Gauchos had five or more kills, including 15 by Haotia Xia, who had an ace, three digs, and seven blocks, one solo. Ryan Wilcox and Dayne Chalmers each had eight murders. Wilcox had two aces, two digs and four blocks, one solo. UCSB batted .238. Pepperdine, who batted .201, had eight aces and 29 errors. Spencer Wickens led with 17 kills, three assists, three digs and four blocks, one solo. Jaylen Jasper had 11 kills but no aces and seven errors to go with three blocks and seven digs. Bryce Dvorak had three kills, 50 assists, four aces, three blocks and seven digs…

BYU (1-2) of the MPSF competed for a 25-23, 25-23, 17-25, 25-27, 15-12 win over visit UC Irvine (3-2) of the Great West. BYU, which hadn’t played in two weeks since opening the season with consecutive losses at Penn State, got 18 kills from Davide Gardini and 15 from Alex Ah Sue. Gardini also had three assists, four aces, four digs and five blocks, one solo, and Ah Sue had an ace, three digs and six blocks. Gavin Julien had five kills and eight blocks, one solo. BYU hit .216; UCI batted .331. Francesco Sani led the Anteaters with 23 kills, hitting .333 and had a dig and three blocks. Hilir Henno had 17 kills, hit .314 and had 15 digs and four blocks. UCI had two aces and 24 errors…

USC of the MPSF improved to 5-0 for the best start since 2015, handing over the EIVAs Penn State his first loss in five games. Simon Gallas had 30 kills in the 25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 25-16 win, the fourth most by a USC player in the rally-scoring era. Gallas had two errors in 48 strikes to hit .538 and added two blocks and six digs. He had no aces but five fouls. Sam Kobrine had 11 kills, two assists, two aces, a block and five digs. Chris Hall had two kills in four clear attempts, 47 assists, an ace, three blocks and nine digs. His team hit .402. Penn State, who batted .278, got 20 kills from Cal Fisher, who batted .326 and had an ace, a block and 10 digs. Brett Wildman had 11 kills, an ace and six digs…

Lewis’ Tyler Mitchem hitting the Long Beach State block of Spencer Olivier, left, and Shane Holdaway/Michael Gomez photo, Instagram @shotbygomez

State of Long Beach (3-0) of the Great West won 25-22, 25-22, 24-26, 25-20 at Lewis (3-1) of the MIVA. Alex Nikolov led a balanced attack with 16 kills, hitting .364 and had an assist, an ace, two blocks and a count. Clarke Godbold had 14 kills, hit .300 and had four blocks and six digs, and Spencer Olivier had 12 kills, an assist, an ace, five blocks and eight digs. Mason Briggs had 19 digs and Aidan Knipe had a kill, 46 assists, six blocks and five digs when Long Beach reached .309. Lewis, who hit .226, got 15 kills from Tyler Mitchem. He hit .462 and had five blocks and four digs. Michael Sack had nine kills, hit .429 and had an assist, an ace, a count and three blocks, a solo…

In Chicago, No. 9 Loyola (3-2) swept from the MIVA Belmont Abbey (3-1) of Conference Carolinas. The Ramblers, who batted .382, got 12 kills from Parker Van Buren, who batted .429, and 11 from Henry Payne, who had 11 no fouls in 15 attacks. Belmont Abbey hit .097…

sixth ranked Grand Canyon (3-2) the MPSF won 25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 25-20 at No. 8 UC San Diego behind 17 kills from Camden Gianni. He hit .333 and had four aces, a block and seven digs. Jackson Hickman had 10 kills, an assist, an ace and eight digs. GCU batted .267 and UCSD batted .184. Kyle McCauley had 16 kills, hit .316 and had two aces, eight digs and two blocks, one solo. Wyatt Harrison had 11 kills, an ace, a block and six digs…

ball stands of the MIVA improved to 3-0 with a 25-11, 25-18, 25-10 blast from visiting George Mason (2-2) of the EIVA. The Cardinals hit .457 with 46 kills and nine errors in 81 attacks. Angelos Mandilaris led with 16 kills and hit .538 after committing only two errors in 26 swings. He added an assist, three aces, three blocks and three digs. Kaleb Jenness had 12 kills, batted .364 and had an ace, a block and seven digs. Nick Martinski had eight kills in 18 clear rounds and nine blocks, one solo, and Felix Egharevba had six kills, hit .500 and had eight blocks, one solo. Ball State had a 13-1 block lead. GMU hit .014…

no. 15 Stanford (4-2) of the MPSF overpowered Forefront (0-1) 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 when the Cardinal hit .406 and had four players with seven or more kills. Will Rottman led by nine…

The EIVAs Harvard swept Queens…Two MIVA teams swept as Quincy rhythm William Penn, and McKendree rhythm Central State of the SIAC.

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Alex Nikolov of the Long Beach State attacks on Lewis/Michael Gomez photo, Instagram @shotbygomez

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