Eleven Division I women’s coaches, including North Dakota State head coach Jennifer Lopez, and 19 others were tabbed as the 2018 American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Thirty Under 30 Award winners on Thursday. Three men’s coaches were among the honored, including Grand Canyon head coach Matt Werle.
After four weeks away from home, No. 13 Stanford beach volleyball returns to The Farm this weekend to host the Stanford West Coast Classic, which features No. 1 UCLA, No. 5 Cal Poly, No. 20 Saint Mary’s and Pacific.
After easily dispatching USF in its only dual last week, the No. 12/14 Cal beach volleyball team will be tested yet again when it travels to the desert this weekend to take part in the Wildcat Invitational at the University of Arizona.
After winning all six of their matches this week, UCLA’s Nicole McNamara and Megan McNamara have been named the AVCA Beach Pair of the Week.
With six wins over ranked teams, UCLA’s No. 3 pair of Zana Muno and Savvy Simo earned this week’s VolleyMob Beach Pair of the Week honors. The pair helped the No. 2 Bruins to a 6-0 mark on the week, including a home win over then-No. 1 Pepperdine (4-1).
This week of beach volleyball brought a number of top-20 match-up that included #2 UCLA taking down #1 Pepperdine in a 4-1 battle
The AVCA Top 20 played 24 matches on Friday, with four upsets highlighting the slate. No. 12 Florida International topped No. 11 Grand Canyon and No. 8 South Carolina at the Surf & Turf Invitational in Miami, while No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Hawaii, No. 6 Cal Poly, No. 9 Georgia State and No. 10 LSU cruised through the day.
#5 LBSU had no troubles running through their opponents during a mid-week matchup, sweeping both Oregon and #19 Saint Mary’s.
Top teams from around the west coast took part in early week matches this week with #2 UCLA downing #1 Pepperdine while #6 Cal Poly and #5 LBSU swept their double-headers.