Long Beach State leads the list as they try to defend their title with plenty of competition just in their league coming.
#1 Long Beach and #4 Hawai’i advanced to the first Big West Conference men’s volleyball tournament championship with wins over #11 CSUN and #5 UCI, respectively.
The higher seeds, UC Irvine and CSU Northridge, won their respective quarterfinal matches in the inaugural Big West Tournament. Both move on to the semifinals Friday evening.
No. 1 Long Beach State’s bid to run the table on the 2018 season was cut short Saturday evening as…
ig West regular season champion Long Beach State survived a three-hour marathon with No. 5 Hawaii to remain undefeated at 24-0. Meanwhile, No. 16 George Mason went the distance with Harvard to sew up the EIVA regular season title and Princeton picked up a historic sweep at No. 17 Penn State to grab the league’s final playoff spot.
After a roller coaster five-set match on Friday, UC Irvine took a much easier route to victory on Saturday, finishing the season sweep of Cal State Northridge with a 25-18, 25-23, 25-20 road win thanks to a 15-2 edge in blocks.
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.
#11 UCSB earned a four-set win and a season split over fellow Big West competitor #10 CSUN Saturday night in Rob Gym.
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.