Previews & Recaps
“It wasn’t a perfect match, but the guys played incredibly hard.” Those were the opening words of UCLA men’s volleyball…
Coach Alan Knipe spoke on his team’s breakthrough to their first national championship after semi-final losses in each of the last 2 years.
On the other hand, May 5th, 2018 saw volleyball have the two biggest audiences of all original telecasts on ESPN2, including the Huntington Beach Open.
Courtesy: Long Beach State Athletics LONG BEACH – Following an incredible season that culminated in winning the 2018 National Championship,…
UCLA coach John Speraw shared his disappointment in the loss, but also a send of pride and firm belief in his team throughout the match. “Obviously, Long Beach State is a very good volleyball team and I’ve said that a bunch of times here. They’re a deserved champion. I really thought we had a shot to beat them today, even before I stepped on the court and when we were down in the first set, I believed, but it wasn’t meant to be.”
Junior outside hitter Kyle Ensing, LBSU’s top hitter on the night, put the win in perspective. “Looking back on our last two years, losing in the semifinals, that’s always in the back of our minds and going into the match we always had that in the back of our mind. We really pushed ourselves a lot this match and we came out on top and it means the world.”
Runner-up UCLA battled Long Beach State to five sets in the final game of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship…
Long Beach State University emerged victorious on Saturday night in the final game of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship….
A few tidbits from the National Championship Saturday night.
While Saturday’s NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship had all of the makings of becoming the first-ever 10,000 fan men’s NCAA Championship…
In a rematch of the first NCAA title match back in 1970, No. 1 Long Beach State reversed its fortune and earned a five-set come-from-behind victory over UCLA on Saturday night, claiming its first NCAA title since 1991.
Here are most of the things you need to know (and some you might not know) entering the national championship tonight at Pauley Pavilion.
Long Beach State’s Alan Knipe says “This is what you train all year for and we’ve talked about our process to getting to this point since the very first days of the fall. We get the chance to come in and compete for a national championship, which is exactly what the goal was from the first day. Here we go.”
Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson focused on his team’s growth, rather than the defeat, after Thursday’s semi-final.
UCLA coach John Speraw said had high praise for Saturday’s foe, Long Beach State. “This is a great team we are going to play. That’s what we want. Shoot, you want to play the best team at the end and we are going to have an opportunity to go do that. We are excited and we are going to go play as hard as we can.”
Twenty-seven years ago, before any of the players on the 2018 Long Beach State men’s volleyball team were even born, a core group of players hit the hardwood inside the Gold Mine and won a program-record 31 matches en route to bringing home a National Championship. On Saturday, with the season on the line, the 1991 Long Beach State National Champion Men’s Volleyball team will be there, cheering on the Beach.
The following are VolleyMob’s photos from UCLA win over BYU in the second semifinal game of the 2018 National Collegiate…