Long Beach State leads the list as they try to defend their title with plenty of competition just in their league coming.
#17 King earned their first-ever Conference Carolinas tournament title and their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament with a straight-set victory over Barton Saturday night.
Both #17 King and (RV) Barton won in four sets in their respective Conference Carolinas semifinals match. They meet each other in Bristol, Tennessee on Saturday to decide the automatic bid to the NCAA I-II tournament.
Barton’s Angelos Mandilaris, Belmont Abbey College’s Rob Valentine and Limestone’s Francisco Salinger Cenzual were named Conference Carolinas’ Offensive Player, Defensive Player and Freshman of the Year respectively, while King’s Ryan Booher was tabbed as Coach of the Year.
King earned a victory to push them to the semifinals where they’ll host as Barton, Mount Olive & Belmont Abbey will join; Conference Carolinas Quarterfinals.
King put together a .347 hitting effort and notched eight blocks to register a four-set win over Barton and move into a first-place tie in the Conference Carolinas standings with one match to play.
Barton made quick work of (RV) King on Saturday afternoon to take sole possession of the Conference Carolinas lead.
Barton College remained atop the Conference Carolinas standings with a comeback win on the road over Mount Olive.
Mitch Perinar leads Lewis to sweep of George Mason on Saturday night.
In case you missed any of our releases this past week, here is our cumulative VolleyMob Top 20 Men’s Power Rankings (Preseason).