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CSUN upsets UCI in men’s volleyball; Orlando tops Columbus in PVF

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UCLA’s Cooper Robinson blocks over Stanford’s Nathan Lietzke/Lilli Yazdi photo

CSUN, below .500 entering the match but ranked No. 16 in the AVCA coaches poll, knocked off No. 3 UC Irvine on Friday in Big West men’s volleyball.

The other top teams in action — No. 1 Long Beach State, No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 Hawai’i, No. 7 BYU and No. 10 Penn State — all won.

In the Pro Volleyball Federation, the Orlando Valkyries swept at the Columbus Fury

Recaps and top performances follow, but first a look at Saturday’s NCAA Division I-II men’s schedule.

In the MPSF, UCLA is home again for Stanford, BYU entertains Concordia Irvine again and No. 8 Pepperdine is at No. 11 USC.

In the Big West, UCSB is back at Hawai’i, while the other four teams trade venues with CSUN at UCI and Long Beach State at UCSD.

Four MIVA matches are on tap with No. 12 Ball State at No. 114 Lewis, No. 9 Ohio State goes to Lindenwood, No. 13 Loyola Chicago is home for Queens and Purdue Fort Wayne goes to Quincy.

There are three EIVA matches with No. 10 Penn State home for Harvard, No. 15 Princeton at No. 19 George Mason and Charleston at NJIT.

In the NEC Daemen plays at Fairleigh Dickinson and D’Youville goes to LIU, while Sacred Heart plays Division III Misericordia and Sacred Heart does the same against Stevenson.

Kentucky State plays Edward Waters in the SIAC.

In the ECC, American International plays at Roberts Wesleyan.

Lees-McRae of Conference Carolinas is home for independent Thomas More.

There are two Pro Volleyball Federation matches when the San Diego Mojo play at the Atlanta Vibe and the Vegas Thrill play at the Omaha Supernovas.

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NCAA men

CSUN (11-11, 2-3), which won at Hawai’i six days earlier, beat visiting UC Irvine (15-7, 4-1) 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 25-18. 

Kyle Hobus led with 19 kills, hitting .342, and had an assist, three of his team’s four aces, four digs and six blocks, one solo. Jalen Phillips had 14 kills, an assist, eight digs and two blocks, one solo. Griffin Walters had seven kills, six digs and two blocks, one solo, and Jano Tello had seven kills with one error in 10 attacks, three digs and five blocks. Donovan Constable had 47 assists, 12 digs and seven blocks, one solo. His team hit .277. 

UCI, which hadn’t played in 13 days, hit a season-low .117. CSUN held a 17-9 blocks advantage. Hilir Henno led the Anteaters with 13 kills but had 12 errors to with an ace, seven digs and five blocks, one solo. Connor Campbell, who had six blocks, one solo, and Nolan Flexen had nine kills each … 

Also in the Big West, Hawai’i (19-4, 2-3) swept visiting No. 20 UCSB (7-15, 0-6) as the Rainbow Warriors hit .398 in the 25-23, 25-21, 26-24 victory. Chaz Galloway led a balanced attack with 10 kills and Guillherme Voss and Louis Sakanoko had nine each. UCSB’s Geste Bianchi had 17 kills … Long Beach State (19-1, 5-0) rolled to a 25-17, 25-15, 25-16 victory over visiting No. 17 UC San Diego (11-3-3). Long Beach, which has won nine in a row and 23 in a row at home, got 10 kills from Skyler Varga, who hit .389 and had an ace, five digs and eight blocks. Nathan Harlan had nine kills, a block and three digs, and DeAeris McRaven had seven kills, hit .500, an dhad two digs and seven blocks. Long Beach, which hit .370, outblocked the Tritons 13-2. UCSD’s Anthony Cherfan had 11 kills …

UCLA (17-4, 6-1 MPSF) won its sixth in a row, a 25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18 victory over visiting No. 6 Stanford (9-10, 2-5). Three Bruins had 10 kills each, Grant Sloane, Ethan Champlin and Cooper Robinson. Sloane had an ace, five blocks and six digs. Merrick McHenry had eight kills with no errors in 12 attacks, an ace, eight digs and seven blocks. Andrew Rowan had three kills, 37 assists, two aces and eight digs. His team his .327. Stanford, which hit .196, got 16 of its 39 kills from Will Rottman. He hit .333 and had an assist, three of his team’s seven aces, eight digs and two blocks, one solo. Nathan Lietzke had four kills in as many tries, 29 assists, three aces, 12 digs and three blocks, two solo … Also in the MPSF, BYU (14-7, 5-4) swept visiting Concordia Irvine (6-13, 0-7). Luke Benson led with 20 kills in the 25-21, 29-27, 25-21 victory, hitting .378 to go with three blocks and four digs. Kupono Browne had nine kills, two aces, two blocks and seven digs and Jon Stanley had seven kills with one error in 14 swings, an assist, an ace, two digs and three blocks, one solo. CUI, which has lost eight in a row, hit .155. Ties Cornelissen had 12 kills … 

In the EIVA, Penn State (16-5, 5-0) swept visiting Harvard (11-7, 3-2) as John Kerr had 12 kills and Michael Valenzi 11 in the 25-20, 25-15, 25-18 victory. Kerr hit .320 and had two aces, a block and two digs, and Valenzi had one error in 19 attacks to hit .526 and had two aces, three digs and two blocks, one solo. Owen Rose, who had four kills, had an ace and five blocks, two solo. Harvard hit .054 … Charleston (11-11, 2-3) won at NJIT (8-13, 0-6) in five as Garret Schnitkner had 21 kills and Max Nissen 19 in the 29-27, 23-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-13 victory. Schnitker had two errors in 38 attacks to hit .500 and had an ace, eight digs and two blocks, one solo. Nissen hit .438 and had four assists, two aces, four digs and three blocks, one solo. Charleston hit .390. NJIT had four players with 13 or more kills and hit .367. Alessandro Negri led with 19 kills, hitting .405 … George Mason (14-7) beat the NEC’s Sacred Heart (8-15) as Jack Bolz had a career-high 23 kills. He hit .476 and added five digs and two blocks. Sacred Heart’s Patrick Mucherino had 19 kills, two assists, two aces, two blocks and four digs … 

There were three NEC matches. Saint Francis (PA) improved to 16-8 overall, 8-0 in the league with a sweep of visiting Merrimack (7-13, 2-6). SFA, in complete control the of the standings with a three-game lead over Daemen and LIU in the loss column, got 20 kills from Nathan Zini in the 31-29, 25-17, 25-16 victory. Andrew Deardorff had seven kills with one error in 12 swings and Sam Lane had six ills with no errors in 11 attacks … Fairleigh Dickinson (9-11, 3-4) beat visiting D’Youville (10-8, 1-6) in five behind 27 kills from Jamal Ellis Carballow, who hit .447 and had an assist, a block and five digs. Ethan Young  had 15 kills, three aces, two blocks and 13 digs, and Jack Lydon had 12 kills, an assist, an ace, a block and five digs. D’Youville’s Tymek Brzoza had 20 kills, hit .621 and had three digs and four blocks, one solo … LIU (12-11, 6-3) beat visiting Daemen (13-6, 6-3) in four. Livan Moreno led the Sharks with 17 kills, hitting .379 to go with three assists, an ace, six digs and four blocks. Eddy Alexandre had 15 kills, hit .324, and he had three blocks and four digs. Jack Sarnowski had a kill, 35 assists, two aces, two blocks and 14 digs. Daeman’s Zach Schneider had 20 kills, hit .324 and added four aces, two blocks and 10 digs …

Stats were not available as Lindenwood swept Purdue Fort Wayne in the MIVA nor when, Edward Waters swept Central State in the SIAC … Thomas More (13-11) won at Tusculum (6-21) in five. Tusculum’s Deklan Wingo had 24 kills.

Pro Volleyball Federation

Orlando (6-8) won 25-19, 25-15, 25-17 at Columbus (5-7) for the Valkyries’ first sweep of the season.

Adora Anae led the Valkyries with 17 kills, two aces, an assist, eight digs and two blocks, one solo. Shainhah Joseph and Carly Skjodt had 12 kills each. Joseph had two assists, 14 digs and three blocks, one solo. Skjodt had six digs and two blocks, one solo. Wilma Rivera had six of her team’s 10 aces, 41 assists, 10 digs, five blocks — one solo — and a kill. 

The Fury got 10 kills from Reagan Cooper, who had no errors in 18 attacks and three digs. Asjia O’Neal had eight kills with one error in 15 swings, a dig and three blocks, one solo. 

Atlanta leads the league at 10-4, while the Omaha Supernovas are a half game back at 9-4. Grand Rapid is third at 6-6, followed by Orlando (6-6), Columbus (5-7), the Vegas Thrille (5-9) and the San Diego Mojo (3-6).

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