It didn’t come easy, but McKendree found a way to win the program’s inaugural home postseason match.
McKendree rallied from a 8-4 deficit in the decisive fifth game to beat Ball State 25-19, 25-22, 25-27, 27-29, 16-14 on Saturday in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals.
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No. 5/5 UCLA out-hit No. 14 Concordia-Irvine, .322 to .110 en route to a sweep on Thursday night in Westwood.
The Bruins also used five blocks in the second game to out-block the Eagles 8 to 5 on the night. UCLA middle attacker Grant Maleski had three of the Bruins’ six aces, while Opposite Daenen Gyimah had a match-high 14 kills.
Watch the highlights of this match as recorded by associate editor Jonathan Bates.
No. 5/5 UCLA swept No. 14 Concordia-Irvine on Thursday night in Westwood to keep its slim chances at a No. 1 seed in the MPSF Tournament alive.
The Bruins started off slow, but took control in the middle of the first game thanks to a 7-0 run with middle attacker Grant Maleski serving. Maleski also had a 6-0 run in the second game, and ended with a season-high three aces.
Watch associate editor Jonathan Bates’ interview with Maleski as he talks about the Bruins’ four graduating seniors and UCLA’s win over Concordia-Irvine.
Grand Canyon outside attacker Camden Gianni months after undergoing heart surgery is hoping to return the to a volleyball court if he passes all his medical evaluations in the upcoming months.
Gianni said in an interview with Off the Block senior contributor Brandon Johnson on Sunday that he will have stress tests in April and July that will determine when he can begin playing volleyball again.
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Concordia-Irvine outside attackers Raymond Barsemian and Jordan Hoppe combined for 43 kills in a come-from-behind victory over No. 10/10 BYU on Thursday.
The Eagles attacked at a .444 clip in the last two games. However, BYU out-blocked Concordia-Irvine, 14 to 1.5, and opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez had a season-best 31 kills.
Check out special correspondent Rae Loverde’s post-match interview with Barsemian and Hoppe as they react to the upset victory.
Coach Rock Perrotte now holds an accomplishment that not even his Hall of Fame predecessor Arnie Ball was able to achieve.
No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne swept its in-state rival No. 13 Ball State 31-29, 25-22, 25-18 on Tuesday to complete the season series sweep and for the first time in program history win every regular-season set against the Cardinals.
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Check out Off the Block special contributor Rae Loverde’s postmatch interviews with coach Shawn Olmstead and opposite attacker Alex Ah Sue after No. 8/7 BYU lost to No. 2/2 Hawai’i in three games on Saturday.
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So much for the notion that No. 2/2 Hawai’i can’t win on the road.
Middle attacker Patrick Gasman had 10 kills on a .909 attack percentage and a match-high five blocks as Hawai’i swept No. 7/8 BYU 25-20, 25-20, 25-14 to win the BYU Invitational on Saturday.
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Check out Off the Block associate editor Jonathan Bates’ postmatch interview with coach Nickie Sanlin after McKendree swept Princeton on Saturday.
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There was no letdown for McKendree.
McKendree a day after upsetting No. 8/7 BYU swept Princeton 25-20, 25-18, 25-17 on Saturday in its tournament finale at the BYU Invitational.
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