Video: 2019 EIVA Tournament Finals postmatch news conference

Princeton coach Sam Shweiskiy, setter Joe Kelly, and middle attacker/opposite George Huhmann
Penn State coach Mark Pavlik, opposite Brett Wildman, and outside attacker Matthew McLaren

No. 1 seed Princeton held off a hot No. 2 seed Penn State in #CincoSets on Saturday night at home to win the 2019 EIVA Tournament title. The Tigers will play ConfCarolinas champion Barton on Thursday in the NCAA Tournament play-in match in Wilson, North Carolina. Princeton won the fifth game, 15-13, to secure their first EIVA title since 1998. Princeton opposite George Huhmann led all players with 25 kills while attacking at a .426 clip. Penn State was led by opposite Brett Wildman’s 24 kills. The Tigers outhit the Nittany Lions, . 373 to .318, and out-blocked them 12 to 5. Check out the post-match interview as recorded by special contributor Virginia Pham.

Video: Pepperdine coach reacts to winning the MPSF Tournament title

No. 1 seed Pepperdine used an efficient attack and a strong block to overwhelm No. 3 seed USC on Saturday night in Malibu, California to claim the 2019 MPSF Tournament title. This is the Waves first 2008 MPSF Tournament title, and with the win, they advance to the NCAA Tournament. Pepperdine will be looking for their first NCAA title since 2005 and their sixth in program history. Listen to Pepperdine coach David Hunt reflect on winning the title in a post-match interview with Off the Block associate editor Jonathan Bates.

Highlights: No. 1 seed Pepperdine sweeps No. 3 seed USC to claim 2019 MPSF Tournament title

No. 1 seed Pepperdine defended their home court and swept No. 3 seed USC on Saturday night in Malibu to claim the 2019 MPSF tournament title. The Waves outhit the Trojans, .410 to .233, and out blocked them 8 to 3. Most Valuable Player David Wieczorek had a match-high 18 kills while attacking at an efficient .571 clip. Check out highlights from the match as recorded by associate editor Jonathan Bates.

Lewis just too much Loyola in MIVA Tournament finals sweep

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Kaitlyn Jasnica | Off the Block special contributor

ROMEOVILLE — It kind of felt unfair.

Loyola outside hitter Collin Mahan crushed the pipe at Lewis libero Michael Simmons. Julian Moses jabbed at it to keep it alive and seconds later Mahan got a second stab. Ryan Coenen and Simmons both dove on the floor to keep the play going. Lewis got a solid dig, and Matt Yoshimoto dished out a perfect set to Moses who lit it up cross court. Continue reading “Lewis just too much Loyola in MIVA Tournament finals sweep”

Pepperdine rides the Wieczorek wave to MPSF championship, NCAA Tournament berth

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Outside attacker David Wieczorek showed why he was the back-to-back MPSF Player of the Year.

Wieczorek finished with a match-high 18 kills on a .571 attack percentage as the No. 1 seed Pepperdine swept the No. 3 seed USC 25-23, 25-20, 27-25 in the MPSF Tournament finals on Saturday in Malibu, California. Continue reading “Pepperdine rides the Wieczorek wave to MPSF championship, NCAA Tournament berth”

Super Huhmann effort lifts Princeton to dramatic EIVA championship, NCAA Tournament berth

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It was only fitting that George Huhmann stepped up and delivered in

the biggest moment of the match and season.

Huhmann had the match-winning kill to cap off a 25-kill performance as Princeton defeated Penn State 28-26, 22-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-13 in the EIVA Tournament finals on Saturday to clinch its first NCAA Tournament berth in 21 years. Continue reading “Super Huhmann effort lifts Princeton to dramatic EIVA championship, NCAA Tournament berth”