Quick hits: 5 things to take away from the weekend in college volleyball

The weekend can get hectic during the college men’s volleyball season. That’s why Off the Block is providing the top five things to take away from all the NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball matches this weekend.

1. No. 1 vs. No. 2 match set — Both No. 1/1 Long Beach State and No. 2/2 UCLA won their matches this weekend to set up a showdown between the nation’s top-two ranked teams. The 49ers will play host to the Bruins on Saturday to begin a non-conference home-and-home series. Unless there is any changes at the top of the new weekly polls that will be released Monday and Tuesday, this will be the first No. 1 versus No. 2 regular season match-up since Ohio State played UCLA in the opening week of the 2017 season.

2. Long Beach State offense unstoppable — No Long Beach State starter hit less than .400 as the team had a season-high .577 attack percentage in a road sweep against George Mason on Saturday. This extended the 49ers’ streak to five consecutive matches with more than a .400 attack percentage.

3. UCLA pounds Grand Canyon — All-American setter Micah Ma’a led the offense to a season-best .494 attack percentage as No. 2/2 UCLA swept No. 10/10 Grand Canyon to remain undefeated in the MPSF. Opposite Christian Hessenauer in the victory led all players with 14 kills, while middle attacker Daenan Gyimah added nine kills on a .667 attack percentage. Despite the loss, Grand Canyon set a program attendance record at Antelope Gym with 1,524 people.

4. Charleston gets historic win — Three years into its EIVA tenure and Charleston now has a conference win. Charleston upset Princeton in five games on Friday to earn the first conference victory in program history and end its 28-match EIVA losing streak. In addition, middle attacker Eugene Stuart the following day had a team-high 10 kills on a .571 attack percentage, three aces and five blocks as Charleston beat Princeton in three games to complete the two-match series sweep.

5. Sander shines for BYU — BYU All-American outside attacker Brenden Sander finished with both a season-high 23 kills and five aces as No. 7/7 BYU beat No. 14 USC in four games on Saturday. In addition, Sander in the conference opener hit more than .350 for the second consecutive match.