Long Beach State leads the list as they try to defend their title with plenty of competition just in their league coming.
It will be the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds facing off for the EIVA title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday after Harvard and Princeton both pulled off upsets in Thursday’s semifinals to set up an all-Ivy League and underdog final.
After securing the EIVA title and the league tournament’s No. 1 seed on Friday, No. 16 George Mason wrapped up the regular season and a weekend sweep of Harvard with a four-set victory Saturday afternoon.
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.
#16 George Mason overcame match point to down (RV) Harvard in five sets and win the EIVA regular season title outright.
Harvard held on to fend off Princeton in five sets and keep its EIVA playoff hosting hopes alive, while Ohio…
Harvard edged past No. 17 Penn State in five sets, while Stanford held home court against No. 15 Concordia-Irvine in four. Other winners on Saturday night were No. 5 Loyola, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 14 Fort Wayne and No. 16 George Mason.
George Mason senior setter Brian Negron made history of his own in the assists column, but it was his 2 aces to end the match that lifted the team to a new height.
Harvard turned the lone upset of the early Friday matches, besting No. 20 Saint Francis. No. 14 Fort Wayne and Lincoln Memorial held home court, while No. 16 George Mason and No. 17 Penn State picked up road wins.
Senior opposite Ricky Gevis averaged 3.67 kills, 1.50 digs and 0.83 blocks per set, while hitting .400 in sweeps of No. 11 Ball State and No. 15 Fort Wayne en route to VolleyMob Player of the Week honors.