Offense Keys #1 Long Beach, #5 Hawai’i, #12 GCU to Home Wins

  0 Wendy Mayer | January 27th, 2018 | Big West, College - Men's Indoor, MPSF, News


Key Stats: Grand Canyon dominated UCSD offensively, hitting .377 and outdoing the Tritons 61-43 in kills to win its third straight match against its new MPSF foe. For its part UC San Diego outserved GCU 6-5 and outblocked the Lopes 11.5 to 10.

Stat Leaders: Junior outside Will Schwob (13), redshirt senior outside Cullen Mosher (12) and senior outside Cody Williams (11), redshirt senior middle Ashton King (11) and junior middle Alex Shmelev (8) split the offensive load in the win for GCU. Mosher hit .667 and added nine digs, while King hit .556 and added a team-high four blocks alongside Schwob.

Senior opposite Tanner Syftestad registered a match-high 21 kills, hit at a .415 clip and added two of the team’s six aces, but his nearest teammates junior outside Nathan Thalken and redshirt senior middle Bryan Zhu managed just six kills apiece. Senior middle Alec Flowers put up six blocks, while senior setter Milosh Stojcic notched a 37 assist, 10 dig double-double. Stojcic also recorded his 2000th career assist in the match.

It Was Over When: It was just a one-point game midway through with GCU leading 15-14. Kills by Mosher and Williams and a block by King and Puna Kaniho pushed the Lope lead to four at 18-14. UCSD was within two five times, last at 24-22, but couldn’t stop a final kill by King, which gave GCU the win.


Key Stats: Hawaii extended its home win streak to 26 matches with the upset win over No. 2 UCLA in a battle of unbeatens, thanks to an eight kill lead (49-41) and a slight .236 to .209 edge in hitting efficiency. That was enough to lift the Rainbow Warriors despite the Bruins owning an 8-7 lead in aces and 13-9 advantage in blocks. Offense was a major factor in the decisive fourth set as Hawaii notched four more kills (14-10) and two less errors (6-4) while outhitting UCLA .323 to .125.

Stat Leaders: Sophomore opposite Rado Parapunov was a big factor in the victory, turning in season-highs with 15 kills, seven digs and three of Hawaii’s seven aces. Junior outsides Stijn van Tilburg (13) and Brett Rosenmeier (10) also posted double-digit kill tallies. Redshirt sophomore middle Patrick Gasman and junior setter Joe Worsley paced the team at the net with six and four blocks respectively.

UCLA used a balanced attack with seven players notching three or more kills. Sophomore middle Daenan Gyimah led the way with nine kills and nine blocks, while hitting .438. Junior outside Dylan Missry added eight kills, four blocks, four digs and two aces, while hitting .368. Senior opposite Christian Hessenauer chipped in seven kills and six blocks. Junior setter Micah Ma’a did a little of everything with four aces, five digs, three blocks and three kills to go with his 37 assists.

It Was Over When: Hawaii built an 11-7 lead in Set 4, but the stanza was far from over as UCLA knotted the score at 15 and trailed by just one at 20-19. From there though, it was all Rainbow Warriors. Van Tilburg and Parapunov started the final rally with kills. UCLA called timeout but committed a hitting error out of the break. Back-to-back blocks by Gasman sewed up the upset. Parapunov downed six kills and added a block in the final stanza, while van Tilburg and Rosenmeier tallied three apiece.


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Key Stats: Long Beach State made just six hitting errors, notching a .500 hitting effort in a sweep of Stanford. Five of the six 49ers with a kill in the match hit .333 or better. The Cardinal hit just .060 thanks in part to 12 LBSU blocks. The 49ers also won the service battle (5-0 in aces).

Stat Leaders: Junior opposite Kyle Ensing led a balanced attack for the 49ers with nine kills on a .333 hitting effort with five blocks. Junior outside TJ DeFalco (8) and redshirt junior middle Nick Amado (7) followed. DeFalco hit .889 with an errorless nine swings, while notching his 1,000th career kill and Amado hit .750 with just one error in eight attempts. Freshman middle Simon Anderson accounted for seven blocks, while Ensing and senior outside Bjarne Huus chipped in five stuffs.

Freshman outside Jaylen Jasper registered a match-high 12 kills and sophomore outside Eric Beatty added six to lead Stanford. The Cardinal did not manage an ace and tallied just one team block, while hitting -.038 in Set 1 and just .053 in Set 3.

It Was Over When: A 9-1 midset run pushed Long Beach to a 17-8 edge in Set 3 effectively putting the match away. Leading by one at 8-7, the 49ers took advantage of four Stanford miscues and a kill and an ace by DeFalco to boost its advantage. The Cardinal would get no closer than seven the rest of the match, last at 20-13. LBSU scored five of the final six, including two Ensing putaways and a block and a kill by Amado.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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