Check out the five things to take away from the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball matches this weekend.
Ohio State rolls through Stanford — No. 1/1 Ohio State had a season-high 12 aces as it defeated No. 10/10 Stanford on Saturday to complete the sweep of the two-match road series. All-American outside attacker Nicolas Szerszen led all players with 10 aces in the non-conference series, including having a match-high six aces in the finale. In addition, All-American opposite Miles Johnson had a combined 28 kills and hit more than .400 in both matches.
Lewis knocks off Pepperdine — All-MIVA middle attacker Jacob Schmiegelt had a team-high 15 kills on a .737 attack percentage and added five blocks to help No. 9/9 Lewis beat No. 5/7 Pepperdine in four games on Saturday. Despite the loss, outside attacker David Wieczorek finished with a match-high 26 kills and hit .457. Pepperdine with this loss split its two-match Midwest road trip after rallying to beat No. 8/6 Loyola in five games on Friday.
CSUN offense unstoppable — No. 13 CSUN finished with a season-high .557 attack percentage and committed a combined six attack errors in a road sweep against USC on Saturday. Outside attacker Jakub Ciesla led the Matadors with 15 kills and zero attack errors, while outside attacker Dimitar Kalchev added 10 kills on a .692 attack percentage and had a match-high four aces.
Ball State defense stops Penn State — No. 15 Ball State held No. 14 Penn State to less than a .125 attack percentage in the final two games of its four-game home victory on Friday. The Cardinals in the non-conference win out-blocked the Nittany Lions 11.5 to 10 and four players with at least four blocks, including middle attacker Alex Pia who had a team-high five blocks.
Lincoln Memorial gets program milestone — Lincoln Memorial defeated Alderson Broaddus in a fifth-game overtime on Saturday for its first victory in program history. Opposite Evan Cory led the Railsplitters with 11 kills and was one of three players from the first-year program with double-digit kills.