On paper, the Americans are the odds on favorite to win Pool 2, with Argentina offering the biggest challenge. However, the roster will be a bit young without the services of Micah Christenson, Matt Anderson and Aaron Russell, who just finished Champions League play.
Check out the full list of award winners this week from the 2018 VolleyMob Men’s All-Americans to the All-Freshman Team.
Ohio State senior Nicolas Szerszen is the 2018 VolleyMob Men’s National Player of the Year.
TJ DeFalco is one of two 49ers on the top list, leading the way for the 2018 VolleyMob Men’s All-America First Team.
The trend of back-to-back champions could continue in 2019 with Long Beach State after their 2018 triumph.
Junior outside hitter Kyle Ensing, LBSU’s top hitter on the night, put the win in perspective. “Looking back on our last two years, losing in the semifinals, that’s always in the back of our minds and going into the match we always had that in the back of our mind. We really pushed ourselves a lot this match and we came out on top and it means the world.”
In a rematch of the first NCAA title match back in 1970, No. 1 Long Beach State reversed its fortune and earned a five-set come-from-behind victory over UCLA on Saturday night, claiming its first NCAA title since 1991.
Here are most of the things you need to know (and some you might not know) entering the national championship tonight at Pauley Pavilion.
Long Beach State’s Alan Knipe says “This is what you train all year for and we’ve talked about our process to getting to this point since the very first days of the fall. We get the chance to come in and compete for a national championship, which is exactly what the goal was from the first day. Here we go.”