Check out the five things to take away from the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball matches this weekend.
Stanford storms past Hawai’i — No. 6/5 Stanford held one of the top offenses in the nation to less than .300 attack percentage on back-to-back nights as it swept a two-match series against No. 4/4 Hawai’i. Preseason All-American middle attacker Conrad Kaminski had a combined 20 kills and 14 blocks in the series, including a match-high nine blocks in the three-game victory on Friday. In addition, opposite Gabriel Vega had a match-high 17 kills on a .405 attack percentage in the series-finale win on Saturday.
Ohio State makes MIVA statement — No. 9/10 Ohio State rebounded from a home comeback loss to No. 13 Ball State last week and swept both No. 5/6 Loyola and No. 14 Lewis on the road during the weekend. In addition, outside attacker Miles Johnson finished with a season-high 21 kills on a .621 attack percentage and added four aces in the sweep against the Ramblers. With these two victories, the Buckeyes are in sole possession of second place in the MIVA and have won nine of their last 10 matches.
Logjam atop MPSF — No. 1/2 Long Beach State, No. 2/1 UCLA and No. 6/5 Stanford all finished the weekend tied for the first place in the MPSF with 8-2 conference records. The Bruins and Cardinal will play Sunday in their first meeting against each other this season. In addition, No. 3/3 BYU resumes conference play this week one-match behind the three first-place teams.
Mount Olive gets big win — Setter Jeff Yasalonis had a season-high 64 assists and guided the offense to a .356 attack percentage as Mount Olive defeated Belmont Abbey in five games on Friday. Middle attacker Andrew Sydrow also had 11 kills and hit .833 in the conference victory.
BYU rolls through East Coast — No. 3/3 BYU making its road trip to the East Coast in almost 10 years swept both Princeton and NJIT during the weekend. Opposite Tim Dobbert and middle attacker Michael Hatch each had nine blocks against the Highlanders to help the Cougars conclude their non-conference season undefeated.