LBSU Men Picked As Preseason Favorite In Inaugural Big West Season

  0 Carly DeMarque | December 14th, 2017 | Big West, College - Men's Indoor, News

It’s a newly formed conference for the 2018 season but that does not leave it out of voting Long Beach State as the preseason favorite in the league.

LBSU received four first-place votes along with 34 overall, following the 49ers is Hawaii with two first-place votes and 32 overall votes. Last season, LBSU and Hawaii were bested in the semifinals of the NCAA Men’s Tournament, both in straight sets after having strong seasons.

The 49rs are bringing back a strong presence on the court in reigning AVCA Division I-II Player of the Year, TJ DeFalco. The two-time AVCA First-Team All-American posted double-digit kills in 29 of 31 matches in the 2017 season. Also coming back are setter Josh Tuaniga, the 2017 national leader in assists per set at 11.06 and AVCA First-Team All-American and Kyle Ensing who averaged 3.37 kills per set.

Hawaii brings back Stijn van Tilburg who posted a #3 NCAA high 4.25 kills per set on the 2017 season along with senior libero Larry Tuileta.

Also joining the Big West Conference in the 2018 season are CSUN and UC Irvine that have both been voted into the #3 position, UC Santa Barbara at #5 and UC San Diego with the #6 spot.

Big West Coaches Preseason Poll Results
1 Long Beach State (4) – 34 points
2 Hawaii (2) – 32 points
3 CSUN – 21 points
UC Irvine – 21 points
5 UC Santa Barbara – 10 points
6 UC San Diego – 8 points

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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