With one week left before the NCAA Championship selections are made, there were no changes to the Top 11 spots in the AVCA Top 20 Beach poll.
UCLA (31-3), which has won 26 straight matches dating to March 8, played just one match this week, besting No. 6 Long Beach State 4-1. The Bruins are slated to play in the Pac-12 Championships alongside No. 5 USC among others this weekend in Palo Alto, California.
No. 2 Pepperdine sewed up the West Coast Conference Championship title with a victory over Pacific and then two against No. 20 Saint Mary’s. The Waves are now 15-0 in WCC Tournament action over the past three seasons.
No. 3 Hawaii, No. 4 Cal Poly and No. 6 Long Beach State will facce off in the Big West Championships this weekend in Honolulu.
Meanwhile No. 7 Florida State secured the CCSA Tournament title with a 6-0 effort over the weekend, including a pair of wins over No. 8 LSU and one each over No. 10 Florida International and No. 11 George State.
Stanford and Cal switched spots after the Bears posted a 3-2 Senior Day win over the Cardinal, avenging a 3-2 loss from the previous weekend’s Pac-12 North Tournament. Cal moves up to No. 12, while Stanford drops a spot to No. 13.
Stetson moved up a spot after winning the ASUN title, dropping just one of its 12 court pairings.
Florida Atlantic was the biggest mover of the week, dropping from 18 to 20 after going 1-3 at the CCSA Tournament.
AVCA Beach Top 20 – April 23, 2018
|Rank||School||2018 Record||Previous Rank|
|6||Long Beach State||23-6||6|
Others receiving votes: Washington, TCU, College of Charleston, Arizona State, North Florida, UAB