Saturday, 25 March 2023

International Volleyball

NCAA volleyball: AVCA polls; women’s coaching carousel; men’s results, schedule

NCAA volleyball: AVCA polls; women's coaching carousel; men's results, schedule

The AVCA was busy this week as the coaches organization had not only its weekly NCAA men’s volleyball poll, the player of the week, but also its preseason NCAA beach poll.

One NCAA women’s indoor program hired a coach and another lost one.

And men’s season continues, highlighted by the first MPSF match of the season.

AVCA MEN’S POLL: This week’s top 15 saw the most movement this season. Hawai’i is still No. 1, but UCLA jumped two spots up to No. 2. Penn State stayed at No. 3 and Long Beach State dropped two notches to fourth. 

There were no huge leaps or drops, but seven other teams had movement. UC Santa Barbara finally dropped out and Charleston, which is 11-0, moved in at No. 15.

Click here for the complete AVCA Men’s National Collegiate Coaches Poll.

Andrew Gowan sets for UCLA last week against Long Beach State/Andy J. Gordon photo

AVCA POW: The national player of the week is UCLA freshman Andrew Rowan, the setter who took over the job fulltime when reigning MPSF player of the year Miles Partain left the team. Rowan averaged 11.0 assists per set, one blocks and one dig in two victories over Long Beach State.

AVCA BEACH POLL: UCLA is No. 1 in the AVCA Collegiate Beach Preseason Coaches Poll. 

The season starts next week.

Florida State is No. 2, TCU is No. 3, and the fourth slot went to two-time defending NCAA-champion USC. LSU is fifth.

Click here for the complete top 20.

WEDNESDAY MEN: MPSF play gets underway when undefeated No. 5 Grand Canyon (11-0) goes to No. 12 USC (6-4).  

There are two MIVA matches when Quincy goes to Lewis and Lindenwood is at McKendree. Two Conference Carolinas teams play independents when Mount Olive is home for Queens and Emmanuel entertains Limestone. Also, Maryville is at Fontbonne.

For links to all matches that are being shown, go to our TV &
Streaming Listings.

TUESDAY MEN: There were two Conference Carolinas matches. Michael Marsans had a career-high 25 kills as Lees-McRae (6-3, 3-0), off to its best start in recent memory, beat visiting King (8-9, 3-1) for the first time since 2014. Marsans hit .583 in the 25-21, 23-25, 25-27, 25-15, 18-16 victory with four errors in 36 attacks and added an ace (but he had 11 errors), two blocks and three digs. M.J. Doyle had 11 kills, hit .333, and had an ace and seven errors, two blocks and two digs. Sebastian Heer had 10 kills, an ace, three digs and four blocks, one solo. Lees-McRae hit .330 and had six aces and 27…

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