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.
Sweeps were the order of the day as No. 6 Loyola and No. 12 Ball State picked up MIVA victories and No. 8 Pepperdine grabbed an MPSF win. No. 7 Ohio State and NJIT also won in sweeps, while USC edged Stanford in four sets.
Loyola-Chicago bounces back after a loss to Concordia earlier in the week.
McKendree bested No. 18 Saint Francis at home behind a double-double by Nolan Rueter, while No. 4 Loyola swept No….
Brenden Sander was part of a three-headed monster for #6 BYU that helped them overcome a 2-0 deficit to down #7 Pepperdine.
Senior outside Alex Harthaller was a one-man wrecking crew, throwing down 17 kills, while hitting at a mind-boggling .708 clip (17-0-24), pacing No. 11 Pepperdine to a surprise sweep of No. 2 UCLA on Friday.
David Wieczorek led the charge for #11 Pepperdine as they slipped past #10 UCSB in five sets.
#14 Pepperdine got a huge RPI boost with a road win over #4 UC Irvine in Bren Events Center Wednesday night.