Congrats to Hawaii men’s volleyball, the No. 1 in the AVCA preseason poll today.
The Hawaii men’s volleyball team was at No. 1 in today’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II preseason poll, a first for the program.
The Rainbow Warriors (28-3 in 2019) finished second nationally, losing to Long Beach State in the NCAA final. Hawaii received 14 of the 16 first-place votes.
UCLA (19-9, 1 first-place vote) was at No. 2 followed by BYU (13-12) and Long Beach State (28-2, 1 vote).
The Warriors return four starters from last year’s team that won its first Big West title and set a national record for consecutive sets-won with 74. Back are first-team All-Americans Rado Parapunov, a senior opposite and junior libero Gage Worsley, second-team All-American senior middle Patrick Gasman, and senior hitter Colten Cowell who was named to the NCAA all-tournament team along with Parapunov last May.
Hawaii opens the season with Charleston Jan. 3-4 at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The AVCA’s first preseason poll was in 2007. Hawaii was ranked No. 1 in the first poll of the regular season in 1989, 1996 and 2003.
NVA/AVCA Preseason Top-15:
4. Long Beach State
5. UC Santa Barbara
8. UC Irvine
12. Southern California
14. Purdue Fort Wayne
15. Penn State
— AVCA (@AVCAVolleyball) December 5, 2019
For live stats links for all women’s NCAA tournament matches, click here.
Today’s matches (Seedings in parenthesis) Times are HST
UCF def. Florida State, 3-2
10 Florida def. Alabama State, 3-0
At Texas A&M
Rice def. Oklahoma, 3-0
Texas A&M def. St. John’s 3-0
UCSB def. Texas State, 3-1
2 Texas def. Albany, 3-0
At Bowling Green, Kentucky
Louisville def. Samford, 3-0
15 Western Kentucky def. Kennesaw State, 3-0
In the NIVC, Big West went 0-2 at The Pyramid Wednesday
Santa Clara def. Long Beach State, 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 16-14
Tulsa def. UC Davis, 20-25, 25-13, 26-24, 25-20
Over/under on attendance for today’s Tulsa vs. Santa Clara at the Pyramid?
I’ll go with under 60
— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) December 6, 2019