COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 9, 2023) – This week’s college roundup checks in on the top teams in the country across the divisions, with new entries into the top five rankings. Every week, we spotlight a few of the key matchups, while also highlighting athletes who are part of the USA Volleyball National Team Development Program.
(rankings source: AVCA.org)
Still 7-0 after sweeping a North Carolina road trip against Queens, Belmont Abbey and Barton that ended on Jan. 28.
Match Leaders vs. Barton:
Next Up: A weekend trip to Stanford for two matches against the Cardinal starting Feb. 10.
6-0 record after 3-2 victory over Loyola Chicago last week
Match leaders vs LUC:
Next up: Away and home two-game slate with UCLA on Thursday and Friday night
USA Volleyball National Team Development Program/LBSU Players:
Mason Briggs, who had 10 digs and six assists vs. LUC, was part of the 2022 U.S. Men’s National Team and was on the roster for the FIVB World Championship, where the team finished sixth.
Clarke Godbold, who had 20 kills and seven blocks vs. LUC, has twice been named to the U.S. Men’s U21 National Training Team and competed at the FIVB U19 World Championship in 2019. He was named AVCA National Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 29.
Now 8-1 on the season after winning both matches in the Big Ten/Pac 12 Challenge vs. USC and UCLA.
Match leaders vs. UCLA:
Next up: @ St. Francis on Saturday night
USA Volleyball National Team Development Program/PSU Players
Brett Wildman, who had three aces and four blocks vs. UCLA, was a member of the 2022 U.S. Men’s National Team, winning bronze at the Pan Am Cup and the Pan Am Cup Final Six.
Now with a 9-1 record after dropping the first match of the season with 3-1 loss to Penn State in the Big 10/Pac 12 Challenge.
Match Leaders vs. PSU:
Next up: Home and away two-game matchup with Long Beach State beginning on Thursday night.
USA Volleyball National Team Development Program/UCLA players
Andrew Rowan, who had 36 assists and four digs vs. PSU, was part of the 2022 U21 National Team. He was named MVP, Best Setter, Best Server, and took home gold at the Pan American Cup.
Grant Sloane, who had three kills and two digs vs. PSU, was most recently a member of the 2022 Men’s Collegiate National Team and 2021 U.S. Men’s National Team (bronze at Pan Am Cup Final Six).
Miles Partain, who had five assists and one dig vs. PSU, is part of the U.S. Beach National Team. Also a beach player, he and partner Andy Benesh won gold at the 2022 FIVB Beach Pro Tour Dubai Challenge No. 1.
Undefeated at 10-0 after downing UC Irvine in back-to-back games last weekend.
Match leaders vs. UCI:
Next up: Hosting Arizona Christian Friday night
USA Volleyball National Team Development Team Program/GCU players
Camden Gianni, who had two aces, seven kills and two digs vs. UCI, was on the 2021 Men’s Collegiate National Team and the 2021 Men’s National Team, where he earned a fifth-place finish in the NORCECA Continental Cup.
Rico Wardlow, who had 10 kills, six blocks and two digs against UCI, was a member of the 2019 Boys Youth National Team that placed 15th in the FIVB World Championship.
Jonah Gilbert, who had one ace, four kills and one block vs. UCI, was on the 2021 Boys U19 National Training Team and the 2020 Boys Youth National Training Team.
Have won eight in a row and improved to an 11-1 record overall with back-to-back wins in the New Paltz Tri-Match.
Match leaders vs. Wentworth:
Next up: Taking on No. 6 Carthage Friday night.
11-0 record after defeating Messiah Tuesday night.
Match leaders vs. Messiah:
Next up: On the road to take on Marymount (Va.) on Friday night.
8-1 on the season after beating Lasell Tuesday night.
Match leaders vs. Lasell:
Next up: vs. MIT in the International Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic on Friday.
5-1 overall record with most recent wins against Misericordia and Lasell
Match leaders vs. Lasell:
Next up: vs. Randolph-Macon on Friday night
USA Volleyball National Team Development Program/Vassar Players:
Vaughn Ramsey was a member of the 2020 Men’s Beach Collegiate National Team.
9-3 on the season after most recently beating Messiah and Penn State Altoona on Saturday
Match leaders vs. PSU Altoona:
Kills: Ian Rauh (9)
Digs: Trace La Robardiere (9)
Next up: Matches with Trine University and SUNY Poly at the Fisher Invite on Friday night.
Kaleb was a member of the 2022 Men’s National Team and won bronze at the Pan American Cup.
2/3 vs. BYU (W 3-1): 5 kills, 7 digs, 5 blocks
Trent was on the 2022 Men’s U21 National Team.
2/3 vs. Ball State (L 3-1): 2 kills
Heath was on the 2022 Men’s Beach Collegiate National Team and played in the 2022 FISU Beach World University Championships. Currently sixth in the nation in assists per set (10.21)
2/3 vs. Ball State (L 3-1): 2 kills, 9 digs
Jacob was a member of the 2022 Men’s National Team and won bronze at the Pan American Cup.
2/4 vs. USC (W 3-1): 18 kills, 9 digs
Nyherowo was on the 2022 Men’s National Team and won bronze at the Pan American Cup.
2/3 vs Sacred Heart (W 3-1): 5 aces, 3 blocks, 8 digs
Francesco was a member of the 2022 Men’s National Team and won bronze at the Pan American Cup.
2/4 vs Grand Canyon (L 3-2): 16 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs
Cole was a member of the 2022 Men’s Beach Collegiate National Team and played with the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2021, earning bronze at the Pan American Cup; Currently seventh in the nation in hitting percentage (.448)
2/4 vs Grand Canyon (L 3-2): 10 kills, 2 aces, 4 blocks