Friday links/results: BeachBows, Warriors v UCI, other MVB; COVID hits EIVA Tourney

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News of the day: No. 14 George Mason’s first-round EIVA match versus Sacred Heart has been canceled. The Pioneers paused their program’s activities after learning of a positive COVID-19 test result within the Tier 1 level of its program on Thursday, April 15. Sacred Hearts ends its season at 1-19, 0-16 EIVA. The Patriots )14-6, 11-5)  advance to the EIVA’s semifinals to face NJIT ((13-5, 13-3) on Thursday, April 22 at Penn State.

ICYMI: Also cancelled No, 5 Pepperdine’s two MPSF matches today and tomorrow at Stanford. Originally the matches were supposed to be in Malibu. The Waves have paused their program since last month, cancelling March 31 home match with UCLA, hoping to be cleared for next week’s MPSF Tournament in Provo hosted by BYU. Pepperdine (11-5, 11-5) is the third seed behind BYU and UCLA.

BVB & MVB matches Friday, All times HST

No. 15 Hawai’i (11-7) at Husky Invitational, Seattle

Big West MVB

UC Irvine (2-11, 2-6) at No. 1 Hawai’i (13-0, 8-0 Big West), 7 p.m.

The Warriors continue their quest for an unbeaten regular-season conference title. Hawa’i’i has already clinched the Big West title … its first conference title since 1980 …. and is the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big West Tournament at the SSC. Warriors have a bye into Friday’s semifinals against the winner of Thursday’s quarterfinal between Seeds 3-6. That should be interesting. UCSB has the tie-break on Long Beach State  for No. 2 seed by virtue of set differential; however if UCSB should lose Saturday to UCSD and Beach win both over CSUN tonight and tomorrow, Beach is seeded No. 2 and UCSB No. 3. Currently, CSUN (1-7) is the No. 6 seed, UCI No. 5 (2-6) and UCSD No. 4 (3-6) Best the Tritons can do is No. 4.

No. 7 Long Beach State (5-3, 5-3 Big West) at CSUN (1-7, 1-7 Big West), 4 p.m.


Concordia-Irvine (3-11, 3-11 MPSF) at No. 9 Grand Canyon (6-10, 6-10 MPSF), 3 p.m.

IVA MVB Tournament

At Charlotte, N.C. Hosted by Queens

Five of the eight Independent Volleyball Association NCAA Division I/II men’s volleyball teams will compete. Undefeated Daemen, D’Youville and St. Francis Brooklyn are not able to participate in the tournament due to New York state-imposed travel restrictions pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Match 1: No. 4 seed Tusculum (4-12) def. No. 5 seed Alderson Broaddus (4-8), 3-0

Match 2: No. 2 seed Queens (14-11) def.  No. 3 seed Limestone (12-10), 28-26, 25-18, 25-22

Quick turnaround for Tusculum Pioneers, play again later today

Match 3: No. 1 seed Lincoln Memorial (11-8( def No. 4 seed Tusculum (4-13), 25-21, 25-22, 25-20


Tournament concludes Saturday.