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Winter Warmup: Long Beach State Men's Volleyball Preview

12/26/2017

Long Beach State are the preseason favorites for the inaugural #BWCMVB title.

LBSU BEACH


Head Coach: Alan Knipe (15th season)
2017 Overall Record: 27-4
2017 Conference/Conference Record: MPSF/16-2
2017 Final National Ranking: 3rd
2017 Postseason Finish: NCAA Tournament Semifinals
2017 Conference Finish: 1st

National Titles: 1 (1991)
NCAA Tournament Final Four Appearances: 9 (1970, 1973, 1990, 1991, 1999, 2004, 2008, 2016, 2017)
AVCA National Players Of The Year: Brent Hilliard (1992); Paul Lotman (2008-co); Taylor Crabb (2013); TJ DeFalco (2017)
AVCA National Newcomers Of The Year: Tyler Hildebrand (2003); TJ DeFalco (2016)
AVCA National Coaches of the Year: Ray Ratelle (1991); Alan Knipe (2004, 2017)
Recent AVCA All-Americans: Tyler Hildebrand (2004-06); David Lee (2004); Scott Touzinsky (2004); Robert Tarr (2005-06); Duncan Budinger (2006); Dan Alexander (2008); Dean Bittner (2008-10); Paul Lotman (2008); Antwain Aguillard (2011); Connor Olbright (2013); Taylor Crabb (2013-14); Taylor Gregory (2016); Andrew Sato (2016); TJ DeFalco (2016-17); Josh Tuaniga (2016-17)
Olympians: Miles Pabst (1968, 1972, 1976, USA); Brent Hilliard (1992, USA); Brett Winslow (1996, USA); Tom Hoff (2000, 2004, 2008, USA); David Lee (2008, 2012, 2016, USA); Scott Touzinsky (2008, USA); Paul Lotman (2012, USA); David McKienzie (2012, USA); Alan Knipe (2012, USA - Head Coach)

2018 AVCA Preseason Poll: 2nd
2018 Big West Coaches Poll: 1st

PLAYERS TO WATCH

TJ DeFALCO (Jr., OH, 6-4)
TJ DeFalco looks for another AVCA Player of the Year season.
• 2017 AVCA Player of the Year

• 2016 AVCA Newcomer of the Year

• 2016 & 2017 AVCA All-America First Team

• Sixth in NCAA kills per set (3.99), eighth in hitting (.389) in 2017



JOSH TUANIGA (Jr., S, 6-3)
Josh Tuaniga led the nation's most potent offense in 2017.
• 2017 AVCA All-America first team

• 2017 Off the Block Lloy Ball Award winner (nation's best setter)

• Led NCAA in assists per set (11.06) in 2017

• Helped LBSU to nation's top hitting percentage (.371) in 2017



QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH ALAN KNIPE

(On expectations for 2018)
“Our expectations are staying true to the core beliefs of the yearly expectations and goals of Long Beach State Men’s Volleyball and to build on the growth that our program has made over the past few seasons. We plan to continue our commitment to daily improvement, and the concept of fully focusing on becoming the best team that we are capable of.”

(On Year One of Big West Men's Volleyball)
“Big West Men’s Volleyball is the single best thing that has happened to the sport of NCAA Men’s Volleyball. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of its inaugural season.”

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