Nothing beats the drama of a decisive fifth game. Scratch that, we mean Cinco Sets — the phrase used on social media to describe these college men’s volleyball matches that go to the tiebreaking final game.
The phrase is so popular, there is now even Cinco Sets clothing and Cinco Sets coffee mugs.
The driving force behind the growth of the #CincoSets hashtag has been Off the Block associate editor Jonathan Bates. While he popularized the term, EIVA commissioner Ivan Marquez inspired the term for matches that go to a fifth game.
Off the Block, following the suggestion of former Lincoln-Memorial assistant coach Cody Jankowski, is now keeping a running total of how many matches went cinco. Check back through the season as this page will be updated after any match goes cinco.
Results/Standings as of Jan. 28
List of 2021 #CincoSets Matches
|Jan. 15||Saint Francis at Queens||Queens def. SFU, 15-5||SFU was up 2-1|
|Jan. 21||Queens at Lourdes||Lourdes def. Queens, 15-11||Lourdes won first two games.|
|Jan. 22||Ball State at No. 13 George Mason||GMU def. BSU, 17-15||GMU won the odd games.|
|Jan. 22||Georgetown at Lindenwood||Lindenwood def. Georgetown, 15-10||Lindenwood won first two games.|
|Jan. 23||King at Saint Francis||King def. SFU, 15-10||SFU was up 2-1|
|Jan. 23||Ottawa (AZ) vs. Erskine||Ottawa (AZ) def. Erskine, 15-11||Erskine was up 2-1|
|Jan. 25||No. 12 Concordia-Irvine at No. 7 Pepperdine||Pepperdine def. CUI, 15-5||CUI was up 2-1|
|Jan. 27||Erskine at Reinhardt||Erskine def. Reinhardt, 15-13||Erskine won odd games; third game was 35-33.|
|Jan. 28||Belmont Abbey at Queens||BAC def. Queens, 15-11||BAC won via reverse sweep|
|Jan. 29||Queens at Mount Olive||UMO def. Queens, 15-10||Queens was up 2-1|