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well, Beach's NC run took a hit tonight
IRvine played great
Beach did not respond well and not great matches for some of the vets like HOldaway, Knipe, & Olivier
this team is gonna need to play a little looser and handle some serves and not tighten up as much on serves and swings and sets like tonight if they are gonna do anything in the NCAAs
Coach KNipe was grimmacing a lot tonight.
pretty much have to treat every match as must-win to win the National Championship - no guarantees should there be multiple upsets
UCLA @ Stanford. hard to see UCLA losing, still it's at Stanford. UCLA is the #1 seed, and still a likely #1 seed even if they lose. at this point UCLA is the only team locked into the NCAA tournament
Hawaii vs. UCSB. Hawaii will take a RPI hit due to UCSB's record, UCSB has their MB back, still remotely possible and UCSB tood 5 sets to beat UCSD
Beach @ Irvine. Irvine swept North, so key is IRvine probably comes out in a groove and they served well last night. Beach needs to start off better. Plus beating Irvine would give Beach the best RPI boost & win of all the remaining teams
Penn State hosting Princeton. can Princeton knock off PSU two years AT Penn State? PSU should win, however the big issue for Penn State is their AA Middle Blocker went down hard first set vs. George Mason, and didn't return. & if Penn State loses how would the committee deal with that player availability issue (a category the committee uses)
of all the top teams, Beach has the best opportunity to improve their resume/seeding, at the same time we have by far the toughest opponents in the tournaments. Nothing like being tested.