Analysis: Losing streaks common among NCAA championship teams

The chances of Penn State winning the NCAA championship this season aren’t done but the would set a new precedent if it wins the national title in May.

No college men’s volleyball team during the rally scoring era has won the NCAA championship in the same season that it had longer than a three-match losing streak. Continue reading

Video: Freshman leads No. 9 UCLA in sweep of Princeton

Freshman outside attacker J.T. Hatch had a match-high 11 kills and zero attack errors as No. 9 UCLA swept Princeton 25-18, 25-21, 25-21 on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Hatch led all players in the non-conference victory with a .733 attack percentage. In addition, the Bruins out-hit the Tigers .368 to .246 to snap their two-match losing streak. Continue reading

Postmatch recap: Penn State coach discusses loss to No. 2 Lewis

A match-high 23 kills from All-American outside attacker Aaron Russell was not enough to end No. 15 Penn State’s season-opening losing streak.

No. 2 Lewis defeated Penn State 25-18, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20 on Saturday in University Park, Pennsylvania, to extend the Nittany Lions’ losing streak to six matches. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Everything including rematches from last year’s postseason to near must-win matches for several teams is on the college men’s volleyball slate tonight.

No. 2 Lewis will attempt to add to winless No. 15 Penn State’s early-season woes as both teams meet in a critical non-conference match. In addition, out on West Coast No. 8 UC Santa Barbara will play No. 4 BYU with a chance to pull off a program first in the rally scoring era. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s still January but there are plenty of match-ups tonight that could be previews of matches four months from in the NCAA Tournament.

No. 15 Penn State will attempt to get its first win of the season and avenge a NCAA Tournament semifinal loss last season as it plays host to No. 1 Loyola. In addition, No. 3 UC Irvine and No. 5 USC will meet each other with first place in the MPSF on the line. Continue reading