Hawaii, preseason No. 1 in the AVCA coaches poll, was the unanimous choice to win the Big West in 2020 as voted by the league’s coaches.
The Warriors collected all six first-place votes and 36 points. UC Santa Barbara was in second place with 28 points, while two-time reigning national champion Long Beach State was third with 23 points. UC Irvine came in fourth place with 19 points, followed by CSUN (13) and UC San Diego (seven).
PRESEASON MEN'S VOLLEYBALL COACHES POLL RESULTS:
The top choice – and the preseason No. 1 in the AVCA poll – the Warriors are backed by returning All-Americans Rado Parapunov, Gage Worsley and Patrick Gasman.#PlayBig | #GoBows pic.twitter.com/cJd5xSb1vH
— Big West Conference (@BigWestSports) December 19, 2019
The Warriors return three All-Americans from last season — senior opposite Rado Parapunov, junior libero Gage Worsley and senior middle Patrick Gasman — as well as NCAA all-tournament selection Colton Cowell, a senior hitter.
Hawaii opens the regular season with matches against Charleston on Jan. 3 and 4 at the Stan Sheriff Center.