In the biggest match of the day, No. 10 Penn State outlasted No. 15 Fort Wayne, handing the Mastodons their first loss of the season in four sets. No. 14 Pepperdine also held home court, while King and Barton earned Conference Carolinas victories.
#15 IPFW matched their program-best start by defeating Saint Francis in four sets Friday night. IPFW is now 8-0 for the first time since 2007.
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.
No. 4 UC Irvine and No. 18 Fort Wayne notched their seventh victories of the season, topping Concordia-Irvine and Lourdes respectively, while North Greenville and King opened Conference Carolinas action with wins on Wednesday night.
Senior opposite Tanner Syftestad had a solid all-around weekend, hitting, blocking and in the backcourt for UC San Diego, earning him VolleyMob Player of the Week honors.
There were no upsets to be had on Saturday throughout the country.
The 2017 MIVA awards have been announced, with Ohio State’s Nicolas Szerszen earning his second consecutive MIVA Player of the Year honors.
#10 Loyola-Chicago takes down Fort Wayne in four, with the backings of a steady offense and keeping errors to a minimum.