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1978 NCAA Men's Volleyball Tournament

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Dates  May 1978
Champions  Pepperdine (1st title)
Matches played  4
Teams  4
Runners-up  UCLA (7th title match)
1978 NCAA Men's Volleyball Tournament
Attendance  7,415 (1,854 per match)

The 1978 NCAA Men's Volleyball Tournament was the ninth annual tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA men's college volleyball. The tournament was played at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio during May 1978.


Pepperdine defeated UCLA in the final match, 3–2 (15–12, 11–15, 15–8, 5–15, 15–12), to win their first national title. Coached by Marv Dunphy, the Waves finished the season 21–4.

Pepperdine's Mike Blanchard was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. An All-tournament team of seven players was also named.


Until the creation of the NCAA Men's Division III Volleyball Championship in 2012, there was only a single national championship for men's volleyball. As such, all NCAA men's volleyball programs (whether from Division I, Division II, or Division III) were eligible. A total of 4 teams were invited to contest this championship.

Tournament bracket

  • Site: St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio
  • All tournament team

  • Mike Blanchard, Pepperdine (Most outstanding player)
  • Ron Wilde, Pepperdine
  • Jay Anderson, Pepperdine
  • Dave Olbright, UCLA
  • Sinjin Smith, UCLA
  • Steve Salmons, UCLA
  • Aldis Berzins, Ohio State
  • References

    1978 NCAA Men's Volleyball Tournament Wikipedia

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