In a weekend that had everything with four top 10 nationally ranked teams losing, the only thing that became certain this college men’s volleyball season is the uncertainty.
Check out the top five things to take away from this weekend’s action.
1. Ball State, IPFW upset Ohio State — No. 6 Ohio State went winless on its weekend Indiana road trip with a three-game loss to Ball State and a five-game loss to IPFW. The Mastodons’ victory snapped an 11-match streak against the Buckeyes dating back to 2007, while the Cardinals’ sweep was the first time since 2007 and 2008 that they defeated the Buckeyes in back-to-back seasons. Ohio State is now in second-place in the MIVA and one-match behind first-place Lewis.
2. BYU dismantles Long Beach State at home — No. 1 BYU had three players with double-digit kills and out-hit No. 4 Long Beach State .434 to .154 in its sweep Saturday. With this victory, the Cougars are now on a conference-best nine-match winning streak and extend their first-place lead in the MPSF to two-and-half matches.
3. Lindenwood shocks Lewis — Outside attacker Colin Hackworth had a team-high 18 kills as Lindenwood swept No. 8 Lewis on Friday for the program’s first victory against a top-10 nationally ranked team. Lewis following this loss defeated last-place Quincy on Saturday to snap its two-match MIVA losing streak and remain in sole possession of the first place.
4. Mount Olive wins conference title — Mount Olive swept King on Friday to remain undefeated in conference play and win its third Conference Carolinas regular season championship in the last four year. The Trojans (21-3, 14-0 Conference Carolinas) — which also set the program record for victories in a single season — will now have home court advantage throughout the Conference Carolinas Tournament in April.
5. Playoff hopes alive for Hawai’i — Hawai’i swept a two-match weekend series against last-place Pacific and with four matches remaining are still in contention for a spot in the eighth-team MPSF Tournament. Hawai’i (9-14, 8-12 MPSF) is in 10th place and one-match behind UC Santa Barbara and Cal Baptist and Cal State Northridge, who are all in a three-way tie for the final two postseason spots.