February 8 saw a lot of hard-fought five-set matches along with a few high-powered sweeps across the country.
A strong effort as his team’s court director planted UCLA’s Micah Ma’a firmly as our VolleyMob Player of the Week. The junior setter averaged 12.1 assists and 1.3 digs per set, while guiding his team to a .441 hitting percentage in wins over Princeton and UC Irvine.
Vote getter Ball State provided the upset of the evening with a four-set road win over No. 12 St. Francis…
No. 15 Fort Wayne continued to gain respect in the national spotlight as the newly ranked squad posted a four-set road win over No. 12 Saint Francis on Friday. Also coming out with wins were No. 7 Ohio State, No. 8 Lewis, No. 9 Grand Canyon and No. 10 Penn State.
Ohio State redshirt freshman opposite posted big numbers against Saint Francis and Penn State, averaged 5.83 kills and 1.00 digs per set, while hitting .452 in the sweeps, en route to VolleyMob Player of the Week nods.
#7 Ohio State made quick work of #9 Penn State behind a .480 team hitting percentage.
Home court advantage was key on Thursday night as No. 6 Loyola, No. 7 Ohio State and No. 10 Lewis all earned victories.
Jake Hanes led the Ohio State offense with 19 kills as the seventh ranked Buckeyes swept #13 Saint Francis.
No. 4 UC Irvine won an exhibition contest vs. Benedictine at Mesa, while No. 2 UCLA edged past No. 7 Ohio State and No. 9 Penn State topped No. 14 USC on Saturday afternoon.
#2 UCLA won the clash of the titans with #7 Ohio State in a hard-fought five-set match.