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

Would anyone expect anything else at this point: another weekend of dramatic matches and upsets in college men’s volleyball.

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


1. BYU out-lasts Stanford — In a match that lasted almost three hours, No. 3 BYU at home defeated No. 6 Stanford in five games Saturday to remain in sole possession of first place. BYU outside attacker Ben Patch in the victory had a match-high 26 kills, while outside attacker Taylor Sander added a season-high 25 kills.

2. UCLA shocks Pepperdine in Malibu — Outside attacker Gonzalo Quiroga had a career-high six aces as No. 7 UCLA swept No. 4 Pepperdine on Saturday. This victory was the first time the Bruins won back-to-back matches since January, and it was the first home loss for Pepperdine this season.

3. Barton breaks nation-long losing streak — It took almost two years, but Barton got its first win in program history. Barton defeated Limestone in Conference Carolinas play Sunday to snap its 29-match losing streak dating back to when the program started in 2012.

4. Penn State, Harvard remain atop EIVA — Both No. 9 Penn State and Harvard won two conference matches this weekend and are starting to separate itself from the rest of the EIVA field. Penn State (12-3, 6-1 EIVA) is a half-match ahead of Harvard (9-2, 5-1 EIVA) for first place in the EIVA, but the Crimson hold the tiebreaker over the Nittany Lions.

5. Battle of unbeatens still set for MIVA — Lewis swept Ball State and IPFW during the weekend to remain perfect in MIVA play heading into its MIVA championship rematch against No. 5 Ohio State on Saturday. Ohio State is also undefeated in the conference and will play Loyola on Friday before playing host to Lewis.