FloVolleyball Weekly Notebook: McKendree Makes Program History

It’s a great week for men’s volleyball when one of its own appears in the pages of the New York Times. But Daenan Gyimah’s Style section debut wasn’t the only big storyline in NCAA men’s action. Keep reading to get caught up.

McKendree Scores Biggest Upset In Program History

Last season, McKendree upended then-No. 8 BYU — a victory which was until Saturday night the biggest upset in program history. Over the weekend, however, the Bearcats traveled to Romeoville, Illinois, to take on No. 6 Lewis in both teams’ MIVA opener, and the visitors secured the win in five (25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-9) to set a new program record. 

With the result, McKendree improved to 7-4, 1-0 MIVA, while Lewis fell to 7-4, 0-1 MIVA. McKendree is off to its best start since the program was launched in 2014.

Against Lewis, McKendree hit .339 as a team, with Patrick Ross contributing a team-high 14 kills. On the opposite side of the net, the Flyers’ Ryan Coenen led the match with 19 kills.

In this week’s new AVCA top 15 poll, however, Lewis remained No. 6, while McKendree didn’t even appear in the receiving votes list. Lewis will try to rebound on Thursday with another conference match, this one versus Ohio State, which will stream live right here on FloVolleyball.

Grand Canyon Making A Case For Itself

Another team struggling to gain respect is Grand Canyon of the MPSF. The Lopes boast a 9-2 record and are in the midst of an eight-match win streak with significant victories over T-14 UC San Diego, McKendree, No. 9 Stanford, and USC. 

Sophomore opposite Hugo Fischer earned this week’s MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honor after he contributed 17 kills with zero errors against USC on Saturday to hit a career-high .680. Last week, sophomore Christian Janke took home the award.

Grand Canyon has received votes in every AVCA weekly poll since Jan. 20 but has yet to crack the top 15.

Libero-turned-setter Justin Lui Sets Stanford To Wweep Of UCLA

Stanford head coach John Kosty recruited Justin Lui as a libero, but due to an injury to senior setter Paul Bischoff, the redshirt freshman has been called upon to take over setting duties for the Cardinal.

Lui first started in the setting position against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 25, and he’s quarterbacked the team in each of the three matches since. Finally, against UCLA on Saturday, the new arrangement seems to have clicked. With members of the 2010 national championships Stanford team watching from the stands, Stanford swept UCLA, hitting .565 for the match. 

That hitting efficiency is not only a season-high for the Cardinal, but also the best in an MPSF in six years.

Oh, and Lui also recorded his first career kill versus UCLA, scoring on this super sneaky two-handed dump.

UCLA’s Daenan Gyimah Featured In The New York Times

UCLA senior middle blocker Daenan Gyimah appeared in the New York Times on Feb. 8, featured in the “Up Next” column in the Style section. 

Gyimah, a native of Toronto, raps under the name Kofi, and his top two songs each have more than a million listens on Spotify. He recently signed a recording contract with Red Bull Records, pending his O-1 work visa.

Also a member of the Canadian men’s national team program, Gyimah hopes to make the Olympic roster. Canada won the North, Central America and Caribbean Olympic qualifier last month to punch its ticket to Tokyo. 

Gyimah missed a month of the season due to injury, but returned to action over the weekend, contributing 13 kills across two matches and hitting above .400 on both nights. 

NCAA Men’s Volleyball Matches Live on FloVolleyball This Week

Thursday, Feb. 13

Lewis vs. Ohio State 7 PM ET

Friday, Feb. 14

Princeton vs. Ohio State 7 PM ET

Saturday, Feb. 15

McKendree vs. Ohio State 7 PM ET

Metro VBC 18 Travel Claims Capitol Hill Classic Title

What a weekend for the Metro Volleyball Club out of Washington D.C. Playing in their hometown tournament, the Capitol Hill Classic, Metro teams won the 18 Open, 17 Open, 16 Open, and 14 Open divisions and finished second in 13 Open and third in 15 Open. 

CEV Men's Quarters To Be Set On Wednesday

Wednesday marks the last leg of CEV Champions League men’s group stage matches. Although all five current pool leaders have secured advancement regardless of what happens in Wednesday’s matches, three quarterfinal spots remain in play. 

CEV Champions League Women's Quarterfinalists Determined Today

With one day of action remaining the group stage of Champions League, only three teams have secured their spots in the quarterfinals of Europe’s top professional volleyball competition. The remaining five quarterfinalists will be determined by Tuesday’s matches.

Revolution PGH 18 White: Small Roster, Big Talent

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Revolution PGH 18 White head coach Mike Hogan occasionally gets nervous about having just eight players on his roster — especially about having only one setter. 

Metro VBC 18 Set For Capitol Hill Classic

Metro Volleyball Club’s 18 Travel team has 16 players on it — and as many college teams. 

FloVolleyball Weekly Notebook: SportsCenter Missed This Top Play

It’s February! Which in the world of men’s college volleyball means we’re approaching the start of league action and are seeing some major fireworks from the last few weeks of nonconference play.

FloVolleyball Weekly Notebook: Prince Claims West Coast Win

Although West Coast teams have a lock on the top spots in the rankings, it was East Coast teams that led the headlines in NCAA men’s volleyball this week. 

FloVolleyball Weekly Notebook: PSU Making Moves

Another week into men’s volleyball season and there are plenty of surprising results and big-time performances to cover in this week’s edition of the NCAA men’s notebook. 

Dominant Performances Highlight Music City Championships

Seven bids to USA Volleyball 18s Junior Nationals were on the line at the 2020 Music City Championships in Nashville over MLK Day weekend: three in the Open division, three in USA, and three in American.