More top 10 nationally ranked teams lost, but this weekend was mostly about the standout individual performances.
Check out the top five things to take away from this weekend’s action.
1. Patch carries BYU past UC Irvine — Freshman outside attacker Ben Patch set the school’s rally scoring single-match record with 35 kills as No. 3 BYU rallied from a two-game deficit to defeat No. 1 UC Irvine on Friday. With this victory, the Cougars remain in first place in the MPSF and could retake the No. 1 spot in the newest national rankings this week.
2. Lewis pounds Ohio State — In a battle for first place between two undefeated teams in MIVA play, Lewis on the road swept Ohio State on Saturday to extend its winning streak to a nation-best 11-matches. Outside attacker Geoff Powell in the victory had a match-high 15 kills and 11 digs.
3. Harvard dream season takes blow — After being ranked in the national coaches poll and media poll for the first time in recent history, Harvard lost to George Mason and rival Princeton during the weekend. The Crimson with these losses dropped out of their share for first place and into fourth place in the EIVA.
4. Cook’s big weekend lifts Stanford — Outside attacker Brian Cook had a team-high combined 44 kills in No. 6 Stanford’s five-game victories against No. 5 Pepperdine and USC during the weekend. Cook had at least 20 kills in both matches, including a match-high 24 kills in the Cardinal’s win versus the Waves.
5. Mount Olive stays perfect in conference — Mount Olive overcame a one-game deficit to beat Lees-McRae in five games Friday to remain undefeated in the Conference Carolinas. The Trojans (13-3, 11-0 Conference Carolinas) are one of two teams in the nation undefeated in conference play and are on a conference-best seven-match winning streak.