Check out the five things to take away from the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball matches this weekend.
Lindenwood pulls off upset of season — Lindenwood held No. 9/8 Loyola to less than a .125 attack percentage and a negative attack percentage in two games during a four-game conference upset on Saturday. The Lions after starting the season 0-13 have now two of their last three matches. This also was the first time in two years that Lindenwood has defeated a nationally ranked team.
New Anteater starter shines in road win — Outside attacker Aaron Koubi playing in his fifth match of the entire season had a team-high 20 kills on a .455 attack percentage as No. 6/6 UC Irvine defeated No. 12 CSUN in five games on Saturday. With this road victory, the Anteaters remain in fourth place in the MPSF and are one win away from clinching a berth to the conference tournament.
Ohio State winning streak hits new milestone — No. 1/1 Ohio State set the MIVA record as it extended its history winning streak to 41 matches with a four-game victory against St. Francis on Friday. The defending NCAA champions broke the conference record of 40 straight wins that Loyola set in 2014-15. In addition, this is now the longest winning streak in Ohio State athletics department history for any team competing in head-to-head competition.
Princeton tied for first place — Princeton swept a two-match home series against Charleston during the weekend to move into tie with No. 15 Penn State for first place in the EIVA. Freshman outside attacker Parker Dixon had a combined 26 kills in the two victories, including a team-high 16 kills in a five-game win against the Golden Eagles on Saturday. With six EIVA matches remaining, Princeton will have a chance to take sole possession of first place if it beats NJIT on Friday.
Stanford gets signature non-conference victory — No. 8/9 Stanford hit .444 and committed fewer than 10 attack errors in a non-conference road sweep against No. 15 Penn State on Saturday. Outside attacker Clay Jones finished with a season-high 12 kills on a .556 attack percentage. Jones was starting in place of outside attacker Jordan Ewert, who entered weekend among the nation’s top 20 with a 3.60 kills per game average.