Hawaii remains at No. 3 behind unanimous No. 1 Long Beach State (13-0) and UCLA (14-2)
Ohio State (11-2) trades places with UC Irvine (11-3) for 4 and 5.
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SandBows, who finished third last season, at No. 5
Defending champion USC at 1, runnerup Pepperdine at 2
UCLA at 3 followed by Florida State.
SandBows open this week with No. 17 Stanford and UCLA on Saturday, Ching Complex
Poll has expanded from 15 teams to 20 this season
as for men
Anteaters have dropped their last 2, both at home, in four; to UCLA on Feb. 3. and Pepperdine on Feb. 14
Deflate takes 2 weekly honors from BWC, POW and DPOW after the Beach downed No. 2 UCLA in 4 last week
DeFalco recorded a double-double with season-highs of 17 kills and 12 digs as the Beach registered a 23-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-21 victory in front of a pumped up crowd of 4,560 at the Walter Pyramid.
DeFalco hit .419 (17-4-31) for the match as he led the Beach in kills, digs and blocks (5), helping LBSU remain undefeated on the year at 13-0.
DeFalco’s five total blocks (one solo) helped LBSU hold UCLA to its lowest hitting percentage (.191) of the season. In addition, UCLA’s 15 points in the second set represented the team’s lowest point total in a set this season.
Freshman of the Week went to UCI’s Joel Schneidmiller for the fourth time this season.
Schneidmiller produced 14 kills, five digs, two aces and a block assist in UCI’s four-set loss to No. 12 Pepperdine.
Schneidmiller’s 14 kills was second on the Anteaters. He averaged 3.50 kills and 4.10 points last week.