Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Conference play is underway across the entire nation with several critical match-ups.

No. 5 Pepperdine traveling to No. 8 UC Santa Barbara in a battle between two of the conference’s preseason favorites highlights the slate of matches. In addition, No. 4 UC Irvine will conclude their two-match home series against No. 6 Hawai’i. Continue reading

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

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s been absolute chaos this weekend with four of the top 10 nationally ranked teams losing and even more top-ranked teams will be tested tonight.

No. 13 IPFW will look to extend No. 10 Penn State’s season-opening losing streak as the two teams meet in the Off the Block East vs. Midwest Challenge. In addition, No. 7 BYU with its retooled starting lineup will attempt to complete a series sweep against No. 4 UCLA. Continue reading

Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

The college men’s volleyball weekend isn’t done yet with two more matches featuring top-10 nationally ranked teams.

No. 8 UC Irvine and No. 10 Hawai’i will play each other for the Outrigger Invitational championship. In addition, No. 1 Pepperdine and George Mason will conclude their two-match non-conference series. Continue reading

Postmatch reaction: UC Irvine coach Kniffin discusses loss to No. 9 Lewis

Outside attacker Greg Petty had a career-high 18 kills as No. 9 Lewis swept No. 8 UC Irvine 25-22, 25-22, 25-23 in its season-opener Monday in Irvine, California.

The Flyers in the non-conference victory out-hit the Anteaters .430 to .265, including having .538 a match-high attack percentage in the second game. In addition, Lewis committed nine attack errors the entire match — nine fewer errors than UC Irvine. Continue reading

Season Preview: Dark horse teams that may crash 2015 NCAA Tournament

There are the preseason favorites, and then there are those teams that bust everyone’s bracket in the postseason.

Several teams enter the start of the college men’s volleyball season this weekend with little preseason fanfare but could crash the NCAA Tournament at the end of the season. Continue reading