Quick hits: 5 things to take away from this weekend’s matches

Five of the top 10 nationally ranked teams lost in another upset-filled weekend of college men’s volleyball.

Check out the top five things to take away from this weekend’s action.


1. Harvard shocks Penn State — Outside attacker DJ White in his first match back from an injury had a match-high 13 kills to help Harvard sweep No. 6 Penn State on Friday. With the victory, the Crimson snapped the Nittany Lions’ NCAA men’s volleyball record 61-match conference winning streak that dated back to 2008.

2. Long Beach State blows out Stanford — Stanford setter James Shaw’s one-word postmatch Tweet of “Ouch” pretty much summed up the No. 4 Cardinal’s three-game conference loss to the No. 3 49ers. Long Beach State in the victory Saturday out-hit Stanford .397 to .152 and won the final game by 14 points.

3. Pepperdine hands BYU first road loss — Outside attacker Maurice Torres had a match-high 23 kills and outside attacker Josh Taylor added 20 kills as No. 5 Pepperdine defeated No. 2 BYU in five games Friday. BYU All-American outside attacker Taylor Sander was also held to 11 kills in the loss — the fewest kills he had in a five-game match during his college career.

4. Controversial yellow card helps Ohio State beat Ball State — With the fourth game tied at 23 on Sunday, No. 7 Ohio State moved to match-point after the referees issued a yellow card and one-point penalty to the Ball State coaching staff for arguing a call. Ohio State would win the conference match on the next point following the yellow card to remain perfect in MIVA play.

5. Lewis takes rivalry match vs. Loyola — Lewis defeated in-state rival Lewis on Saturday for the Flyers’ first road victory against the Ramblers in five years. With this victory, Lewis stays in first place in the MIVA and moves to 5-0 in conference play for the first time since Dan Friend became the head coach.