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Men's Volleyball

Five Teams Ranked In AVCA Top 15

1/23/2018

2018 Men's Volleyball Release No. 4

UC Santa Barbara broke into the national rankings this week at No. 15, placing Big West five schools inside the AVCA poll.

FIRST SERVE

Big West Non-Conference Success Continues
The Big West turned in a 7-2 record in week three of the 2018 men’s volleyball season, another impressive performance that raised the cumulative record of the six members to a staggering 32-4.

Two schools remain undefeated.  Long Beach State, the No. 1 team in the country according to the AVCA and VolleyMob, is 7-0 overall.  Hawai‘i is tied for third in the AVCA and fifth in VolleyMob, and is 6-0.  CSUN, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara have just one loss apiece.

Against The Ranked Teams
Eleven of the 32 wins the Big West has compiled so far have been against teams ranked in the AVCA Division I-II weekly poll.  The Big West is 11-2 against nationally ranked competition.  This week features numerous opportunities to face nationally ranked competition.  In fact, 10 of the 13 matches on the slate are against AVCA top-15 squads.  In that batch, No. 6 UC Irvine plays back-to-back matches against No. 5 BYU, while No.3  Hawai‘i hosts consecutive contests against No. 2 UCLA.

No. 9 CSUN at No. 10 Lewis
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara at No. 7 Loyola-Chicago
UC San Diego at No. 11 Grand Canyon
No. 5 BYU at No. 6 UC Irvine
No. 2 UCLA at t-No. 3 Hawai‘i
No. 9 CSUN at No. 7 Loyola-Chicago
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara at No. 10 Lewis
No. 13 USC at No. 1 Long Beach State
No. 5 BYU at No. 6 UC Irvine
No. 2 UCLA at t-No. 3 Hawai‘i

Long Beach State No. 1 Again
Long Beach State won at Stanford last week to better its record to 7-0 and stayed at No. 1 nationally in the AVCA poll for the second straight week.

Although Hawai‘i was idle last week, the Rainbow Warriors moved up a spot into a tie for No. 3 in the country with Ohio State.  UH will be well rested heading into its double dip against No. 2 UCLA on Friday and Sunday at the Stan Sheriff Center.  UC Irvine is No. 6 and CSUN No. 9.  Coming off a two-week hiatus due to the mudslides in Montecito, UC Santa Barbara earned a win over No. 10 Pepperdine, and broke into the AVCA rankings at No. 15 this week.

Syftestad Named VolleyMob Player Of Week
UC San Diego senior Tanner Syftestad helped his team to a 2-1 record last week, averaging 5.20 kills, 1.90 digs and 1.00 blocks per set as he was named VolleyMob Player of the Week.  He hit .288 overall and UCSD is now 5-1, its best start since 1996 (6-0).

Big West Tournament On The Horizon
The first annual Big West Men’s Volleyball Tournament will be held April 19-21 at Long Beach State’s Walter Pyramid.  All six teams will compete for the tourney title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
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