Long Beach State leads the list as they try to defend their title with plenty of competition just in their league coming.
#17 King earned their first-ever Conference Carolinas tournament title and their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament with a straight-set victory over Barton Saturday night.
Both #17 King and (RV) Barton won in four sets in their respective Conference Carolinas semifinals match. They meet each other in Bristol, Tennessee on Saturday to decide the automatic bid to the NCAA I-II tournament.
Barton’s Angelos Mandilaris, Belmont Abbey College’s Rob Valentine and Limestone’s Francisco Salinger Cenzual were named Conference Carolinas’ Offensive Player, Defensive Player and Freshman of the Year respectively, while King’s Ryan Booher was tabbed as Coach of the Year.
Harvard held on to fend off Princeton in five sets and keep its EIVA playoff hosting hopes alive, while Ohio…
King put together a .347 hitting effort and notched eight blocks to register a four-set win over Barton and move into a first-place tie in the Conference Carolinas standings with one match to play.
Sweeps were the order of the night on Saturday as No. 4 UC Irvine, No. 5 Loyola Chicago and No….
No. 13 Grand Canyon held on for a four-set home win over No. 15 Concordia Irvine with a strong block and efficient hitting to highlight Friday night action. Other winners were No. 8 Ohio State, No. 16 George Mason, No. 18 McKendree, Barton (RV) and Harvard.
Barton remained undefeated in Conference Carolinas play, while Erskine picked up its first league win on Saturday.
No. 7 Ohio State edged No. 17 Penn State on the road in five sets with help from 10 aces,…