#CincoSets Matches

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 Feb. 14

List of 2019 #CincoSets Matches

Date Teams #CincoSet Result Notes
Jan. 3 Harvard at No. 10 UC Santa Barbara UCSB def. Harvard, 15-7 Harvard was up 2 games to 1.
Jan. 4 No. 4 UC Irvine at No. 9 Loyola UCI def. Loyola, 15-12 Reverse sweep
Jan. 4 No. 11 CSUN vs. Harvard CSUN def. Harvard, 15-12 Reverse sweep
Jan. 5 No. 11 CSUN vs. No. 14 Grand Canyon GCU def. CSUN, 15-10 GCU won last two games.
Jan. 5 Ball St vs. NJIT Ball State def. NJIT, 15-10 Ball State won first two games.
Jan. 9 No. 5/6 Pepperdine vs. No. 10/10 UC Santa Barbara Pepperdine def. UCSB, 15-13 Reverse sweep
Jan. 11 No. 15 Grand Canyon vs. Benedictine (AZ) GCU def. Benedictine, 17-15 GCU won last two games
Jan. 11 Daemen vs. Alderson-Broaddus Daemen def. AB, 17-15 Daemen won last two games
Jan. 11 Charleston vs. Lindenwood UC def. Lindenwood, 15-13 UC won first two games
Jan. 12 Emmanuel vs. Daemen Emmanuel def. Daemen, 15-12 Reverse sweep
Jan. 12 NJIT vs. Concordia-Irvine NJIT def. CUI, 15-8 NJIT won last two games
Jan. 12 Belmont Abbey vs. Campbellsville BAC def. Campbellsville, 15-12 BAC won games 2, 3, and 5.
Jan. 15 Charleston vs. Stevenson UC def. Stevenson, 15-13 UC won last two games.
Jan. 18 North Greenville vs. Life NGU def. Life, 15-10 NGU won games 2, 3, and 5.
Jan. 18 No. 4/4 BYU vs. Penn State BYU def. PSU, 15-13 BYU won the odd games.
Jan. 18 No. 7/7 Loyola vs. No. 5/6 Pepperdine Loyola def. Pepperdine, 15-9 Loyola won games 2, 3, and 5.
Jan. 18 No. 15 Grand Canyon vs. Barton Barton def. GCU, 15-13 Reverse sweep
Jan. 18 No. 10/10 CSUN vs. No. 13 Purdue Fort Wayne CSUN def. Purdue Fort Wayne, 15-11 Reverse sweep
Jan. 18 No. 12 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 14 Ball State UCSB def. BSU, 15-13 UCSB won games 2, 3, and 5.
Jan. 19 No. 15 Grand Canyon vs. Lindenwood GCU def. Lindenwood, 15-13 GCU won first two games.
Jan. 19 No. 10/10 CSUN vs. No. 14 Ball State BSU def. CSUN, 15-12 BSU won games 2, 3, and 5.
Jan. 20 No. 15 Grand Canyon def. Cincoln Memorial GCU def. LMU, 15-10 GCU won first two games.
Jan. 22 Erskine vs. North Greenville Erskine def. NGU, 20-18 Erskine won games 2, 3, and 5.
Jan. 23 Brock vs. Daemen Brock def. Daemen, 15-12 Brock won games 1, 3, and 5.
Jan. 25 No. 10 UC Santa Barbara vs. No 9/9 Lewis UCSB def. Lewis, 15-13 UCSB  won games 2, 3, and 5.
Jan. 25 No. 11/10 CSUN vs. No. 9/9 Lewis Lewis def. CSUN, 15-12 Lewis won games 2, 3, and 5.
Jan. 26 St. Francis vs. Lindenwood Lindenwood def. SFU, 15-13 Lindenwood won games 1, 3, and 5.
Jan. 27 Quincy vs. MSOE Quincy def. MSOE, 15-10 Quincy won games 2, 3, and 5..
Jan. 30 Emmanuel vs. Life Life def. Emmanuel, 15-12 Life won games 2, 3, and 5.
Jan. 30 Lees-McRae vs. Belmont Abbey BAC def. LMC, 15-13 BAC won last two games
Feb. 1 Erskine vs. King Erskine def. King, 15-12 Erskine won games 1, 3, and 5.
Feb. 1 No. 11 Ball State vs. Harvard BSU def. Harvard, 15-8 BSU won games 2, 3, and 5.
Feb. 1 No. 12 CSUN vs. Princeton CSUN def. Princeton, 15-13 CSUN won games, 2, 3, and 5.
Feb. 1 No. 14 Ohio State vs. St. Francis SFU def. OSU, 15-12 SFU won games 1, 2, and 5.
Feb. 1 UC San Diego vs. Concordia-Irvine UCSD def. CUI, 15-13 UCSD won games 1, 2, and 5.
Feb. 2 Barton vs. North Greenville NGU def. Barton, 15-12 NGU won games 2, 3, and 5.
Feb. 2 No. 4/4 UC Irvine vs. No. 15 USC UCI def. USC, 15-10 UCI won last two games.
Feb. 5 King vs. Lincoln Memorial King def. LMU, 15-13 King won games 2, 3, 5
Feb. 5 Coker vs. Mount Olive Coker def. UMO, 15-11 Coker won last two games
Feb. 7 No. 4/4 UCLA vs. No. 9/9 Stanford UCLA def. Stanford, 15-10 UCLA won last two games.
Feb. 8 No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne vs. McKendree PFW def. McKendree, 15-7 PFW won games 1, 3, and 5.
Feb. 10 No. 11 Ball State vs. No. 13 George Mason BSU def. GMU, 15-11 BSU won last two games.
Feb. 13 McKendree vs. Lindenwood BSU def. GMU, 15-11 Reverse sweep
Feb. 13 No. 6/6 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 4/4 UCLA BSU def. GMU, 15-11 UCSB won games 1, 3, and 5.
Feb. 14 No. 3/3 UC Irvine vs. UC San Diego UCI def. UCSD, 16-14 UCI won last two games.
Feb. 14 No. 9/9 Stanford vs. No. 14 USC Stanford def. USC, 15-12 Stanford won games 1, 3, and 5.

Teams in italics refer to a neutral-site match.


2019 Team records in #CincoSets matches

Matches Played School Wins Losses Winning Pct.
6 CSUN 3 3 .500
5 Ball State 4 1 .800
5 Grand Canyon 4 1 .800
5 UC Santa Barbara 4 1 .800
3 North Greenville 2 1 .667
3 Daemen 1 2 .333
3 Lindenwood 1 3 .250
3 Harvard 0 3 .000
2 Charleston 2 0 1.000
2 Belmont Abbey 2 0 1.000
2 UC Irvine 2 0 1.000
2 Barton 1 1 .500
2 Emmanuel 1 1 .500
2 Erskine 1 1 .500
2 King 1 1 .500
2 Lewis 1 1 .500
2 Loyola 1 1 .500
2 McKendree 1 1 .500
2 NJIT 1 1 .500
2 Pepperdine 1 1 .500
2 Stanford 1 1 .500
2 St. Francis 1 1 .500
2 UCLA 1 1 .500
2 UC San Diego 1 1 .500
2 Concordia-Irvine 0 2 .000
2 Lincoln Memorial 0 2 .000
2 Purdue Fort Wayne 0 2 .000
2 USC 0 2 .000
1 BYU 1 0 1.000
1 Coker 1 0 1.000
1 Quincy 1 0 1.000
1 Alderson Broaddus 0 1 .000
1 George Mason 0 1 .000
1 Lees-McRae 0 1 .000
1 Mount Olive 0 1 .000
1 Ohio State 0 1 .000
1 Penn State 0 1 .000
1 Princeton 0 1 .000