Congrats to the always entertaining Gage “G-Swizzle” Worsley, named Off the Block’s Libero of the Week following his career-best 17 digs in Saturday’s five-set win over Long Beach State. He also had a match-high 14 digs in the four-game victory to open the series Friday.
National Setter of the Week: Sam Kobrine, UCLA
National Opposite of the Week: Cal Fisher, Penn State
National Outside Attacker of the Week: Ryan Coenen, Lewis
National Middle Attacker of the Week: Felix Egharevba, Ball State
National Freshman of the Week: Dominic Hagerty, Mount Olive
Hawai’i, one of two undefeated men’s volleyball teams in the country, remained at No. 1 for the sixth consecutive week in the AVCA Coaches Top 15 released on Monday.
The Warriors (11-0, 6-0 Big West) again received all but one of the 16 first-place votes, the other going Brigham Young (!6-2). Voting for his alma mater is former Cougar All-American Shawn Patchell, the head coach at MPSF member Concordia Irvine.
UC Santa Barbara (10-4, 5-3 Big West) stayed at No. 3 while Lewis (17-2) moved up into a tie with Pepperdine (11-5) for No. 4. The Flyers had been at No. 5 last week.
Long Beach State (3-3, 3-3 Big West), which took Hawai’i to five on Saturday, gained a spot to No.6, to tie with UCLA (13-4). The Beach had been at No. 7 last week.
UC San Diego (3-7, 3-3 Big West) moved up one place to No. 12 and UC Irvine (2-11, 2-6 Big West) was down a spot to No. 15.
The only unranked Big West team is CSUN (1-5, 1-5 Big West). The Matadors host the Warriors Friday and Saturday, Hawai’i’s final regular-season road trip.
The Warriors return home to host UC Irvine Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17, the final regular-season home matches for Hawai’i. The Warriors will then host the Big West Tournament, April April 22-24, at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.
Daemon (10-0, an independent program in its third season out of Amherst, N.Y., is the only other undefeated NCAA I-II program. It is unlikely that the Div. II Wildcats would be considered for an at-large bid given strength of schedule.