Long Beach State leads the list as they try to defend their title with plenty of competition just in their league coming.
Oliver Martin, a 6’10” middle blocker from UCLA, will be starting his professional career in Finland with Team Lakkapää. Martin hit a match-high .575 in the NCAA Championships against Long Beach State.
Home-standing survived a scare from a feisty Harvard team using a double-double from senior opposite Christian Hessenauer and a dominating .390 hitting effort to edge past the Crimson in four sets to advance to Thursday’s Final Four.
BYU is off to its third straight NCAA Tournament after sewing up the MPSF Tournament title with a four-set win over UCLA on Saturday.
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.
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.
No. 17 Fort Wayne pulled the lone upset late Saturday night, besting No. 12 Concordia Irvine, while UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge also notched sweeps with hot offensive efforts.
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.
The road teams came up victorious in four key matches across the country. No. 1 Long Beach State hit the…
No. 2 UCLA stayed its course with a sixth-straight victory in the form of a sweep of crosstown rival USC,…