Hawai’i outhit Lewis, .368 to .221, and outblocked them, 14 to 4, in a four-game victory on Thursday evening to advance to the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship. The Rainbow Warriors also had 10 aces to the Flyers’ one. Outside attacker Colton Cowell paced Hawai’i with 15 kills on a .481 attack percentage, while Lewis middle attacker Tyler Mitchem had 12 kills on a .526 attack percentage. Check out the match highlights as recorded by associate editor Jonathan Bates.
Hawai’i middle attacker Patrick Gasman had a match-high eight kills as the Rainbow Warriors used their block (14 for the match) to put away Lewis. Hawai’i leads the nation with 2.69 blocks per game, while Gasman is second nationally with 1.444 blocks per game. Listen Gasman’s interview with associated editor Jonathan Bates as he reacts to the victory over Lewis.
Lewis outside attacker Ryan Coenen had 18 kills, 11 digs and 5 blocks to lead No. 6/8 Lewis past No. 4/5 USC, 20-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-23, in an opening round match of the 2019 NCAA Championship on Tuesday in Long Beach.
Lewis outhit USC, .289 to .238, and outblocked then, 17.5 to 9. The Trojans had 20 serving errors, while the Flyers had just 11. Middle attacker TJ Murray had 10 blocks while libero Michael Simmons had 17 digs.
Outside attacker Gianluca Grasso had 16 kills for USC, while opposite Ryan Moss added 15 kills and 11 digs and outside attacker Jack Wyett had 15 kills and 8 digs.
Check out the highlights of the match as recorded by associate editor Jonathan Bates
Pepperdine won both MPSF regular season and tournament and will face Princeton, winner of the play-in match, on Tuesday in the opening round of the NCAA Championship. Led by MPSF Player of the Year, David Wieczorek, the Waves are making their first appearance in the Tournament since 2008. MPSF Coach of the Year, David Hunt, discusses the benefit of having last week off, the coaches’ advice for the players, and how their opponent has changed from when they played to open up the season in an interview with associate editor Jonathan Bates.
USC fulfilled their season-long mantra of resurgence by earning one of the two at-large bids to the NCAA men’s volleyball tournament. Troy earned their first trip to the Championship since 2012 after going undefeated at home, highlighted by defeating then No. 1 Long Beach State. The Trojans placed two players on the MPSF First Team in opposite Ryan Moss and outside attacker Jack Wyett. The Trojans take on MIVA Champions Lewis in the first opening round match on Tuesday. Listen to USC men’s volleyball coach Jeff Nygaard reflect on his the season, his players, and their preparation of the match with Lewis in an interview with associate editor Jonathan Bates.