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Men’s College Roundup for March 8

Welcome to the latest roundup of men’s college volleyball! In this article, we’ll take a look at the top teams in both Division I/II and Division III, highlighting key matches and standout players. Let’s dive in!

NCAA Division I/II

No. 1 Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon University (GCU) has maintained its position at the top, earning 21 AVCA votes to remain No. 1. Despite facing their first loss of the season against UC Irvine, GCU boasts an impressive overall record of 15-1. The team has been dominant, defeating three top-10 opponents in a row. GCU’s upcoming matches against No. 3 Hawaii and No. 14 Lewis will test their strength even further.

No. 2 Long Beach State

Long Beach State is holding strong at the No. 2 spot with a 14-1 record. Their only loss came early in the season against UCLA. The team recently defeated No. 9 Penn State and is looking forward to matches against UC Santa Barbara this weekend.

No. 3 Hawaii

Hawaii’s lone loss this season was against Loyola Chicago, making them a formidable opponent with a 15-1 record. The Rainbow Warriors recently swept Sacred Heart and are gearing up to face No. 1 Grand Canyon and No. 5 UC Irvine in upcoming matches.

No. 4 UCLA

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UCLA bounced back from a split with BYU by defeating USC. The team is looking ahead to matches against Penn State and Ohio State as part of the Pac12/Big Ten Challenge.

No. 5 UC Irvine

UC Irvine is on a seven-match winning streak, including an impressive upset against No. 1 Grand Canyon. Led by standout players like Hilir Henno, who leads the nation in kills per set, UC Irvine is a team to watch. They have upcoming matches against Lewis and Hawaii.

NCAA Division III

No. 1 Wentworth

Wentworth remains undefeated with a 16-0 record. The team recently defeated Emerson and is looking forward to matches against Marymount and UC Santa Cruz.

No. 2 Stevens

Stevens is the first team in Division III to reach 20 wins, currently holding a 20-1 record. They recently defeated Misericordia and Marymount and have upcoming matches against Stevenson and Lasell.

No. 3 Southern Virginia

Southern Virginia is also undefeated with a 19-0 record. They have impressive wins over ranked opponents Vassar and St. John Fisher. The team has yet to drop a set this season and is ready to take on Lancaster Bible.

No. 4 Springfield

Springfield recently fell to New Paltz after defeating them earlier in the season. The team is looking to regroup before their next matches against Russell Sage and Hunter.

No. 5 Loras

Loras is also undefeated, boasting a 16-0 record. Their recent victory over North Park solidified their strong standing. The team has one more road match before returning home.

FAQs

Q: How does the ranking system work in college volleyball?
A: The AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) releases weekly rankings based on votes from coaches across the country. These rankings are divided into Division I/II and Division III.

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Q: Who are some standout players to watch in college volleyball?
A: Keep an eye on Hilir Henno from UC Irvine, who leads the nation in kills per set. Players like Mason Briggs from Long Beach State and Corey Mayotte from Loras are also making waves with their impressive performances.

Q: When is the next key matchup to watch in college volleyball?
A: One highly anticipated match is the upcoming faceoff between No. 1 Grand Canyon and No. 3 Hawaii. This match will undoubtedly be a thrilling showdown between two powerhouse teams.

Summary

In this roundup of men’s college volleyball, we explored the top teams in both Division I/II and Division III. Grand Canyon University continues to dominate in Division I/II, while Wentworth remains undefeated in Division III. Standout players like Hilir Henno, Mason Briggs, and Corey Mayotte are making significant contributions to their teams’ success. As the season progresses, keep an eye out for key matchups that are sure to bring intense competition to the court.

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