The consensus top team (LBSU) and the back-to-back National Champions (Ohio State) battle for a spot in the National Championship.
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The AVCA announced its Division I-II Men’s All-America Teams on Monday with 10 players each earning first and second team honors and 27 garnering honorable mention accolades. Loyola senior Jeff Jendryk wrapped up his fourth honor, while BYU rookie Gabi Garcia Fernandez was tabbed as Newcomer of the Year.
Get ready for the NCAA Tournament’s First Round match between Ohio State and UC Irvine with VolleyMob’s preview.
Class of 2019 S/OH Michael Wright has committed to Ohio State for the 2020 season.
Loyola Chicago has snagged a commitment from class of 2019 outside hitter Jake Maffett for the 2020 season.
The three-headed hydra of senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, redshirt freshman opposite Jake Hanes and redshirt junior middle Blake Leeson, each notched double-digit kills and hit nearly .600 or better, lifting Ohio State to a close 25-13, 25-23, 25-18 win over King in the NCAA play-in match Thursday night.
The 2018 Men’s NCAA Tournament kicks off tonight, so let’s take a deep-dive into the play-in-game with Ohio State and King.
Lincoln Memorial edged past BYU for the top spot in team blocking with 2.84 stuffs per set, while King, which won the Conference Carolinas title and will be making its NCAA debut on Thursday, dropped its nation’s best opponent hitting percentage mark even lower from .158 to .146. Meanwhile UCLA’s Daenan Gyimah secured his hold on the title of the nation’s most efficient player.
Ohio State coach Pete Hanson says of his team’s NCAA three-peat hopes beginning with Thursday’s play-in match: “You are going to have to beat three good teams, or four, to win the thing, so let’s line them up and play them. Last man standing gets to put on the ring.”