Hawai’i, the preseason No. 1, received 10 first-place votes to remain atop the first Off the Block national media Top 10 of the season.
Behind the Warriors (2-0) are UCLA (0-0), Pepperdine (two votes, 0-0), Penn State (2-0), and Long Beach State (0-0). Rounding out the rankings are: Grand Canyon (2-0), Loyola (0-2), Lewis (0-0), BYU (0-2) and Stanford (3-0). Receiving votes: Ohio State, UC San Diego, USC, Ball State, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara.
As someone asked is it only in men’s volleyball that 0-2 teams would be ranked in the Top 10?
How I voted:
1. Hawai’i. 2. Penn State. 3. Stanford. 4. UCLA. 5. Long Beach State. 6. USC. 7. Grand Canyon. 8. Pepperdine. 9. Loyola. 10. UC Santa Barbara.
UC Santa Barbara def. St. Xavier 25-20, 25-18, 25-17
North Greenville def. Tusculum 25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 25-12
Belmont Abbey def. Long Island 25-20, 25-20, 29-27
Lewis def. Maryville 25-13, 25-11, 25-12
The Flyers set a program record with 15 aces against Maryville. This was supposed to be Lewis’ fourth match but the defending MIVA champions had to cancel the home opener with UC Irvine and road matches against Lincoln Memorial and King last week because of COVID.
Speaking of the pandemic
Both CSUN and Charleston and CSUN continue to have their seasons put on hold due to COVID with this week’s matches canceled.
The Matadors have paused all activities within the men’s volleyball program due to coronavirus protocols. This pause includes canceling non-conference home matches against Saint Xaiver on Wednesday and Erskine on Friday. CSUN is now slated to play Princeton in its season opener on Jan. 19.
The Golden Eagles were scheduled to host a non-conference event this weekend with King and first-year program Fort Valley State. Both King and Fort Valley State announced Tuesday it will not compete in the event and instead will move their original scheduled match at Charleston to King’s home arena on Saturday. The Golden Eagles now have had their first four matches of the season canceled or postponed.
Also announced by UCLA that only family of team members will be allowed to attend home matches through Jan. 21. The Bruins are scheduled to open Saturday vs. Princeton at The Wooden Center 5 p.m. PT.