Here are most of the things you need to know (and some you might not know) entering the national championship tonight at Pauley Pavilion.
Here’s everything you need to watch and follow the NCAA Championship match between #1 Long Beach State and #3 UCLA.
Long Beach State and UCLA are meeting for the 2018 National Championship. Check out VolleyMob’s preview of the match.
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.”
Player of the Year David Wieczorek from Pepperdine is among the 29 MPSF All-Academic honorees. Wieczorek and four other first-team MPSF selections: setter Micah Ma’a (UCLA), outside hitter Jack Wyett (USC), middle blocker Price Jarman (BYU) and setter Leo Durkin (BYU) also garnered All-Academic accolades.
UCLA vs. Long Beach State could push attendance for Saturday’s championship over 10,000 fans.
3-seed UCLA knocked off 2-seed and MPSF champion BYU in a hard-fought four sets to advance to the National Championship Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion.
Thursday’s night cap is a MPSF vs. MPSF matchup, putting champion BYU and league runner-up UCLA on opposite sides of the net for the fourth time in 2018. The Cougars lead the series 2-1 after wins on March 3 (3-0) and April 21 (3-1) and a 3-0 loss on April 7.
Jauiainen carries a 4.0 GPA while majoring in computer science.