Cal State Northridge earned its first Big West win and coach Jeff Campbell his 300th win by sweeping No. 3 Hawaii. Also picking up key Big West victories were No. 1 Long Beach State and No. 5 UC Irvine, while No. 2 BYU and No. 8 Pepperdine grabbed MPSF wins.
No. 17 Fort Wayne pulled the lone upset late Saturday night, besting No. 12 Concordia Irvine, while UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge also notched sweeps with hot offensive efforts.
It was a short night for the top two teams in the country with No. 1 Long Beach State and No. 2 Hawaii making quick work of their foes in sweeps. The victory moves the 49ers to 16-0, marking the program’s best start since 1992.
The top 10 teams held rank on Friday night with No. 1 Long Beach State, No. 2 Hawaii, No. 5 Loyola, No. 8 Lewis, No. 9 Ohio State and No. 10 UC Santa Barbara picking up wins.
Next up on the Enriques family slate is tonight’s match in Northridge, which will see Emmett take on younger brother Addison’s Concordia-Irvine team.
No. 8 Cal State Northridge is starting the season with a 5-0 mark for the third straight season, after extending its season-opening win streak to five matches with a road sweep of No. 16 Stanford on Wednesday
This week’s men’s volleyball action will mark the first of 10 meetings between the Enriques brothers in 2018. First up, Stanford libero Evan will face Cal State Northridge libero Emmett on Wednesday in Palo Alto.
Big West men’s volleyball begins their inaugural season in 2018 with Long Beach State the early favorites.
In case you missed any of our releases this past week, here is our cumulative VolleyMob Top 20 Men’s Power Rankings (Preseason).
VolleyMob Men’s Power Rankings #11-15 (Preseason): Ball State leads the group and just misses out on the top 10.