Check out the five things to take away from the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball matches this weekend.
1. USC offense dismantles Cal State Northridge — No. 2 USC had a season-high .543 attack percentage and committed six attack errors throughout the entire match as it swept Cal State Northridge on Friday. With this victory, the Trojans remain in sole possession of first place in the MPSF and are one of two undefeated teams left in the nation.
2. Libero leads Pepperdine to big win — Libero Brennan Anderson had a match-high 19 digs to help No. 5 Pepperdine on the road defeat No. 8 UC Santa Barbara in four games on Friday. Anderson’s performance also tied the Pepperdine record for most digs in a single-match during the rally scoring era.
3. Historic losing streak over — Penn State snapped its longest losing streak during the rally scoring era with wins against Mount Olive on Friday and St. Francis on Saturday. In addition, All-American outside attacker Aaron Russell had a match-high 17 kills and a .625 attack percentage in the conference-opening sweep versus St. Francis.
4. Hawai’i gets bounce-back win — No. 6 Hawai’i had a three players finish with double-digit kills in a four-game victory against No. 4 UC Irvine on Friday to split the two-match series. Outside attacker Brooke Sedore in the victory had a match-high 18 kills, while middle attacker Taylor Averill added 14 kills on a .522 attack percentage
5. Emmanuel hits program milestone — Outside attacker Alex Barbosa had a team-high 13 kills as Emmanuel swept Lees-McRae for its first victory as a NCAA Division II program. The Lions are a first-year member of the Conference Carolinas after competing as a NAIA team in previous seasons.