Lone Ranger UC San Diego Heads North in Light Week of Men's Volleyball
2019 Men's Volleyball Release No. 8
The Big West posted a 5-1 record last week in non-conference action. The six members are now a combined 25-1 in the month of February.
Overall, the Big West owns a combined non-conference record of 59-17 (.776). The Big West has a winning record against every other conference, including the MPSF (23-11), MIVA (13-5) and EIVA (13-1).
Only two more matches remain in February as just one school is in action this week. UC San Diego treks to the Bay Area to battle UC Santa Cruz and Stanford on back-to-back nights.
The Big West boasts four of the nation’s top fiive teams according to the Feb. 18 American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. No. 1 LBSU, No. 2 UH, No. 3 UCI and No. 5 UCSB are a combined 49-5 this season.
Protect The ‘Mid
Long Beach State swept then-No. 4 UCLA last week at the Walter Pyramid to win its 33rd consecutive match at home. In doing so, the Beach set a program record for longest home court winning streak. The previous mark of 32 lasted from 1998-2001. LBSU has not lost a home match since March 26, 2016. The team will try to extend the streak on March 1 in its Big West opener against CSUN.
Only two programs remain unbeaten in the country, and both belong to the Big West. Long Beach State is 13-0 overall, and have won 12 of those contests in straight sets. The Beach have won 41 of their first 42 matches as a Big West member. In getting to 10-0 to start the 2019 campaign, Hawai‘i tied a program-record in Sunday’s win over Lincoln Memorial. The Rainbow Warriors recorded their 10th consecutive straight-set win and have won all 30 sets played this season.
Hawai‘i Sets Single-Match Record For Hitting
Hawai‘i set a program record with a .667 hitting percentage in Friday’s victory against Lincoln Memorial. The Rainbow Warriors slammed 37 kills and committed just three errors in 51 attempts against the Railsplitters. UH eclipsed the previous mark of .638 against CSUN in 2001.
‘Eaters Out In Front
UC Irvine is off to a 2-0 start in Big West after finalizing a season sweep against UC San Diego with a five-set thriller on Valentine’s Day. The ‘Eaters held off the Tritons, 16-14, in the fifth set to win their seventh straight match.
Gauchos Continue Streak
In addition to LBSU (13), UH (10) and UCI all boasting long winning streaks, UC Santa Barbara’s impressive five-set triumph over then-No. 4 UCLA was the 10th straight win for the Gauchos. It is the longest win streak in the Rick McLaughlin era.