Long Beach State leads the list as they try to defend their title with plenty of competition just in their league coming.
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.
Sacred Heart bested No. 20 Saint Francis; Stanford knocked off No. 12 Grand Canyon in five sets; No. 18 McKendree toppled No. 9 Lewis; No. 16 Concordia Irvine edged past No. 2 BYU in five sets; and No. 8 Ohio State posted a four-set win over No. 6 Loyola to highlight Thursday’s slate of upsets.
No. 8 Pepperdine used a strong service game and big block to issue No. 3 Hawaii its third straight loss….
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.
McKendree bested No. 18 Saint Francis at home behind a double-double by Nolan Rueter, while No. 4 Loyola swept No….
No. 17 Fort Wayne pulled the upset of the night on Wednesday, edging past No. 3 UC Irvine on the…
No. 7 Pepperdine and No. 13 Ball State swept their foes on the road, while No. 6 BYU scored an upset of No. 3 BYU to win their ninth straight late Saturday night.
Both #6 BYU and #3 UCLA earned hard-fought MPSF victories Thursday night.