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NCAA Men: USC Handles UCLA, Moves to No. 2

By March 20, 2012

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The showdown in LA took place over the weekend and USC sailed to a surprisingly easy victory over UCLA in Westwood. The Trojans beat the Bruins in three sets - 25-18, 25-22, 25-23. The Bruins re-grouped two nights later to beat Pepperdine in three, but the damage was done. USC replaces UCLA in the No. 2 spot on this week's AVCA poll. UCLA falls to No. 3.

UCI continued to roll with two 3-0 victories over CSUN and Long Beach State. The No. 1 Anteaters are safe at the top as they will take this week off. The rest of the top ten remains unchanged from last week.

After joining the top 15 for the first time last week,  UCSD seems determined to move up the ranks. They did just that with some great wins over the weekend. The Tritons jumped two spots to No. 13 after beating both Long Beach State and CSUN in four sets. For their efforts they are now ranked higher than CSUN who fell one spot to No. 14. The victory over Long Beach State did not effect the 49ers in the poll at all, they remain in the No. 9 spot.

Most of the top teams are either off this week or playing unranked teams, but watch out for BYU-Long Beach State and Hawaii-CSUN this week.

Here are your matches to watch:

Friday, March 23rd
No. 4 BYU @ No. 9 Long Beach State
No. 12 Hawaii @ No. 14 CSUN

Saturday, March 24th
No. 4 BYU @ No. 9 Long Beach State
No. 12 Hawaii @ No. 14 CSUN

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