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Brenden Yu | Off the Block special contributor
The historical success of the two teams was lopsided entering the opening-round match — UCLA with 19 NCAA champions and Harvard making its NCAA Tournament debut.
While the night did end with UCLA advancing to the VolleyFour, the match itself was more competitive than expected, as the Crimson forced the Bruins to bounce-back from an opening-game loss to take the match 23-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-11 Tuesday night in the Pauley Pavilion.
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UCLA rallied from a one-game deficit to beat Harvard in four games in the NCAA Tournament first round on Tuesday.
Check out the video highlights of the match filmed by Off the Block associate editor Jonathan Bates.
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Watch the postmatch news conference with Harvard players and coach Brian Baise following the team’s four-game loss to UCLA in the NCAA Tournament first round on Tuesday.
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Photo by Jonathan Bates.
UCLA coach John Speraw leading up the NCAA Tournament called his offense a work in progress that could initially struggle in its opening-round match because of the 10-day layoff since the conference tournament.
The Hall of Famer was onto something.
UCLA had to rally from an opening-game loss to defeat the EIVA champions Harvard 23-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-21 on Tuesday in Los Angeles to advance to the VolleyFour.
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The men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament and the road to the VolleyFour continues tonight. Check out both first-round matches and how to follow them live.
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Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes is joined by his 9-month-old daughter Ady who helps her dad breakdown the NCAA Tournament first-round matches tonight. Plus, she predicts the match winners.
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One more day of waiting until the NCAA Tournament first round matches. Check out what to know about all four teams competing in the opening round and the historical stats to keep in mind.
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Selection Sunday has arrived along with the season’s final Off the Block NCAA Tournament projections.
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All the matches are done, and now it’s up left to the NCAA men’s volleyball committee to determine the NCAA Tournament field.
Off the Block has crunched the numbers using the same criteria as the selection committee to show how the top teams in the nation fare against each other in the race for the two at-large bids and NCAA Tournament seeding.
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Listen to Off the Block’s postmatch interview with coach Brian Baise after Harvard defeated Princeton in the EIVA Tournament finals on Saturday to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
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