A late surge from two-time defending National Champions Ohio State has them back in the top five; VolleyMob Men’s Top 20 Power Rankings (Week 14).
UCLA is in a good spot in the latest RPI for their potential NCAA Tournament hopes; RPI Poll (April 2).
No. 19 USC overcame a deficit in every statistical category to outlast No. 3 UCLA to lead the late Saturday slate. No. 1 Long Beach State and No. 2 BYU held rank against Top 15 foes, while No. 13 Ball State picked up a sweep.
#8 Ohio State exacted revenge on #9 Lewis with a sweep Saturday night.
Harvard edged past No. 17 Penn State in five sets, while Stanford held home court against No. 15 Concordia-Irvine in four. Other winners on Saturday night were No. 5 Loyola, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 14 Fort Wayne and No. 16 George Mason.
Home court advantage brought No. 1 Long Beach State and No. 13 Ball State the final push they needed in five-set wins Friday night. No. 7 Hawaii cruised at home, snapping a four-match skid, while No. 11 Cal State Northridge held home court in a four-setter.
Harvard turned the lone upset of the early Friday matches, besting No. 20 Saint Francis. No. 14 Fort Wayne and Lincoln Memorial held home court, while No. 16 George Mason and No. 17 Penn State picked up road wins.
Sacred Heart bested No. 20 Saint Francis; Stanford knocked off No. 12 Grand Canyon in five sets; No. 18 McKendree toppled No. 9 Lewis; No. 16 Concordia Irvine edged past No. 2 BYU in five sets; and No. 8 Ohio State posted a four-set win over No. 6 Loyola to highlight Thursday’s slate of upsets.
#8 Ohio State lost 41-39 in the third, but didn’t allow another comeback from #5 Loyola Chicago as they moved into a first-place tie in the MIVA.
Ohio State looks to make a last stand in its MIVA regular season title defense; MIVA Update (Mar. 28).