College basketball has hurtled into the postseason and March is officially mad, but in men’s college volleyball, regular-season action chugs along.
Last week in the EIVA, eight out-of-conference battles commenced, while just three matches with conference implications took place.
Princeton, the top team in the East Coast’s premier conference, didn’t play last week, but will face some tough West Coast opponents starting Thursday when it travels to the BYU tournament in Provo, Utah.
Series of the Week
George Mason vs. Grand Canyon
George Mason headed to Phoenix for its second week of nonconference competition, taking on the MPSF’s Grand Canyon Friday and Saturday night.
In the first installment of the double header, Grand Canyon came out on top in five sets (20-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 15-9), marking the Lopes fourth win in a row (and their fourth consecutive defeat of a nationally ranked team).
GCU used a well-balanced offense to take down then-No. 14 George Mason, with four players tallying double-digit kills: Ian McLain (13), Christian Janke (12), David Kisiel (11) and Alex Shmelev (10).
George Mason, however, got its revenge the next night, abruptly terminating the Lopes win streak with a 3-0 sweep (25-23, 25-22, 25-14). The Patriots held Grand Canyon to a .155 hitting percentage, with tenacious defense (11 blocks, 37 digs) and strong serving (seven aces).
Hayden Wagner led George Mason with 13 kills, in addition to four blocks and two aces.
Player of the Week
Campbell Schoenfeld, Harvard
Harvard hadn’t played in two weeks when it took the floor against Sacred Heart on Saturday, but led by freshman outside hitter Campbell Schoenfeld, the Crimson swept their EIVA foes 25-21, 25-18, 25-20.
Schoenfeld topped all players in the match with 14 kills and just one error to hit .419. He added an ace and a solo block. The 6-foot-8 native of North Tonawanda, New York, has played all in each of Harvard’s 14 matches so far this season and ranks second on the team with 105 kills.
NJIT Jumps Two Spots
With a pair of sweeps over last-place Charleston, NJIT leapfrogged UC and Saint Francis in the EIVA standings, moving from the bottom of the table to No. 6.
The previous week, NJIT pushed Princeton to the limit in a five-setter, but last week’s wins over Charleston marked the first conference victories for the Highlanders. Jens Feldthus and Alvaro Gimeno shared the offensive load, with each athlete leading in kills in one of the weekend’s matches.
Complete EIVA Results
Lewis def. NJIT 3-0
Pepperdine def. George Mason 3-0
NJIT def. Charleston 3-0
Purdue Fort Wayne def. Penn State 3-1
Ball State def. Saint Francis 3-0
Grand Canyon def. George Mason 3-2
Harvard def. Sacred Heart 3-0
NJIT def. Charleston 3-0
Ball State def. Penn State 3-1
Purdue Fort Wayne def. Sacred Heart 3-2
George Mason def. Grand Canyon 3-0