UC Irvine and Lewis each moved up two spots in this week’s AVCA Top 15 poll, while Long Beach State remained No. 1 and Fort Wayne joined the rankings at No. 15.
The latest standings at the end of week 4 and start of week 5 in NCAA Men’s Volleyball.
Following a pair of wins over BYU, UC Irvine is back in the top three; VolleyMob Men’s Top 20 Power Rankings (Week 5).
#2 UCLA bounced back from their earlier loss at #5 Hawaii to win round two and end their home winning streak; January 28 Recap
#7 Ohio State made quick work of #9 Penn State behind a .480 team hitting percentage.
It was a mixed bag of results Friday evening as No. 15 Pepperdine and vote-getter Lindenwood picked up road victories, while homestanding Mount Olive and Barton came out on top in Conference Carolinas action.
Home court advantage was key on Thursday night as No. 6 Loyola, No. 7 Ohio State and No. 10 Lewis all earned victories.
Jake Hanes led the Ohio State offense with 19 kills as the seventh ranked Buckeyes swept #13 Saint Francis.
VolleyMob Player of the Week Tanner Syftestad maintained his hold on the top spot nationally in kills (5.15) and points per set (6.08), while Loyola’s Paul Narup leads the nation in hitting percentage (.583).
Senior opposite Tanner Syftestad had a solid all-around weekend, hitting, blocking and in the backcourt for UC San Diego, earning him VolleyMob Player of the Week honors.