Check out the five things to take away from the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball matches this weekend.
1. Hawai’i gets senior night sweep — No. 1 Hawai’i swept No. 15 Stanford on Saturday to extend its winning streak to a nation-best 16 matches and remain in sole possession of first place in the MPSF. Opposite Brook Sedore in the two-match series finale had three aces against Stanford and during the postmatch senior ceremony proposed to his girlfriend on the Stan Sheriff Center court.
2. Penn State clinches EIVA title — No. 7 Penn State avoided a near upset against Harvard and beat Sacred Heart during the weekend to clinch the EIVA regular season championship for the 31st time in its program history. All-conference opposite Nick Goodell returning to the starting lineup from a leg injury had a match-high 14 kills and added six blocks in the four-game victory against Sacred Heart on Saturday that extended the Nittany Lions’ winning streak to 11 matches. In addition, Penn State as the EIVA regular season champions will play host to the four-team conference tournament.
3. BYU bounces back — No. 7 BYU ended its longest losing streak in almost 25 years at six matches as it swept a two-match road series against No. 13 CSUN during the weekend. Opposite Matt Underwood had a team-high 30 combined kills in the two matches to help keep the Cougars in fifth place in the MPSF standings and clinch a postseason berth.
4. Ohio State continues to roll — Both outside attackers Michael Henchy and Nicolas Szerszen had double-digit kills and more than a .400 attack percentage as No. 11 Ohio State swept No. 14 IPFW on Saturday. With this victory, the Buckeyes clinched a top-three seed for the upcoming MIVA Tournament and extended their winning streak to five matches heading into a road match against No. 2 Lewis on Friday.
5. St. Francis shocks Harvard — Outside attacker Stephen Braswell finished with a match-high 19 kills as St. Francis upset Harvard in four games on Saturday. The conference victory moves the Red Flashes into fifth place in the EIVA and a half-match out of the final postseason berth to the four-team EIVA Tournament.