The Vault: A look back at four programs in NCAA Tournament semifinals

All four teams in the NCAA Tournament semifinals have a rich college men’s volleyball history.

Check out this Throwback Thursday that features archive footage Hawai’i, Lewis, Long Beach State and Pepperdine.

2002 NCAA Tournament finals: Hawai’i vs. Pepperdine


Hawai’i beat Pepperdine to win its first NCAA championship in program history, which was later vacated. Check out the match video of this championship win.

2016 Long Beach State vs. BYU


One of the first signature victories for this Long Beach State senior class was a sweep against then-No. 3/2 BYU during the opening weeks of the 2016 season. Check out the video highlights of this match filmed by Off the Block associate editor Jonathan Bates.

1986 NCAA Tournament finals: Pepperdine vs. USC


Pepperdine fought off multiple championship-points and rallied from a 14-12 deficit in the decisive fifth game to beat USC for its second consecutive championship. Check out the video of this championship match from the side-out era.

2015 NCAA Tournament semifinals: Lewis vs. Penn State


Lewis defeated Penn State in four games to advance to the NCAA Tournament finals for the second time in program history. Check out the video highlights of this match filmed by Off the Block special contributor Ted Wang.

1978 NCAA Tournament finals: Pepperdine vs. UCLA


Pepperdine earned its first NCAA championship with a five-game victory against UCLA. Check out the championship-point from this match and the postmatch interviews.

1994 NCAA Tournament finals: Penn State vs. UCLA


Both teams aren’t in the NCAA Tournament this year. However, this is the 25-year anniversary of Penn State becoming the first non-West Coast school to win the NCAA championship. Check out this video of the final two games from the 1994 finals as the Nittany Lions won in a decisive fifth game.

1998 NCAA Tournament semifinals: Pepperdine vs. Princeton


Pepperdine’s five-game win against Princeton on Tuesday was the second NCAA Tournament meetings between the two programs. Check out the video highlights for Princeton from the first meeting in 1998.