Long Beach State leads the list as they try to defend their title with plenty of competition just in their league coming.
On Thursday, USA Volleyball announced the adjusted field of teams (30 women’s teams, 8 men’s) as well as final seeding for the Collegiate Beach Pairs Championships, including just added duo Chandler Gibb/Raymond Barsemian of Concordia-Irvine.
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.
Blocks were key in lifting No. 3 UCLA and No. 14 Concordia Irvine to MPSF quarterfinal sweeps on Saturday night. No. 20 USC meanwhile pulled the lone upset of the night, besting No. 8 Pepperdine in four sets with help from 19 Gianluca Grasso putaways.
#15 CUI earned their first-ever win over #2 BYU Thursday night, defeated the Cougars 3-2 after being down 0-2.
The Lopes defeated the Eagles in their lone match of the weekend.
Cal State Northridge earned its first Big West win and coach Jeff Campbell his 300th win by sweeping No. 3 Hawaii. Also picking up key Big West victories were No. 1 Long Beach State and No. 5 UC Irvine, while No. 2 BYU and No. 8 Pepperdine grabbed MPSF wins.
Pepperdine used 13.5 blocks to stifle the Concordia offense and won the rest of the stat sheet as well in the sweep Thursday night.
#14 CUI picked up a four-set win over EIVA member Harvard, while Charleston survived a five-setter in South Carolina against Conference Carolinas member North Greenville.
Raymond Barsemian led the Eagles to victory in their upset of Loyola-Chicago.