No. 4 UC Irvine and No. 18 Fort Wayne notched their seventh victories of the season, topping Concordia-Irvine and Lourdes respectively, while North Greenville and King opened Conference Carolinas action with wins on Wednesday night.
Stanford (1-6) begins a seven-match road trip with a rematch against No. 1 Long Beach State (7-0) on Friday at 6 p.m. in Walter Pyramid.
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.
With a sweep of Stanford on Saturday, Long Beach State moved to 7-0, maintaining its hold on the top spot in the AVCA Coaches Top 15 poll.
The NCAA Men’s Volleyball Standings after week 3 action.
UC Santa Barbara (#11) rises to the fringe of the top 10; VolleyMob Men’s Top 20 Power Rankings (Week 4).
#1 Long Beach State remained undefeated by sweeping #16 Stanford Saturday night. The two meet again on Friday, January 26, this time at the Pyramid.
Junior outside Corey Chavers pounded down a career-high 24 kills and added six blocks and two aces to lift UC Santa Barbara past No. 12 Pepperdine on Saturday.
A balanced offensive attack, featuring six players with five or more kills, and a .438 team hitting effort helped No. 4 UC Irvine rally for a five-set win over homestanding Grand Canyon on Saturday evening.