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NCAA Men: Showdown at Crawford Court

By March 27, 2012

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The match of the week is in Irvine on Saturday as the No. 1 Anteaters take on the No. 3 UCLA Bruins. The Bruins will want revenge because it was just three weeks ago that UCI handed them the first loss on their home floor all season. Get there early if you want a seat because this match will be played in the small gym called Crawford Court instead of the Bren Center and it could be standing room only.

After a week in which most of the top teams had the weekend off, it comes as no surprise that the AVCA poll remains mostly unchanged this week. But there were some big losses in the few matches that were of significance.

BYU came to Long Beach and beat them in three sets the first night, but lost in five on the second. BYU's No. 4 ranking remains unchanged from last week despite the loss. Long Beach State remains in the No. 9 spot.

The two teams that swapped places in the poll are CSUN and Hawaii. CSUN beat Hawaii twice this week in four sets and now sits at No. 12 while UH replaces them in the No. 14 spot.

Here are the rest of your matches to watch:

Thursday, March 29th
No. 12 CSUN @ No. 4 BYU

Friday, March 30th
No. 15 UCSB @ No. 1 UCI
No. 11 Pacific @ No. 2 USC
No. 12 CSUN @ No. 4 BYU
No. 5 Stanford @ No. 7 Pepperdine
No. 9 Long Beach State @ No. 14 Hawaii
No. 3 UCLA@ No. 13 UCSD

Saturday, March 31st
No. 3 UCLA @ No. 1 UCI
No. 5 Stanford @ No. 2 USC
No. 6 Lewis @ No. 10 Ohio State
No. 11 Pacific @ No. 7 Pepperdine
No. 9 Long Beach State @ No. 14 Hawaii
No. 15 UCSB @ No. 13 UCSD

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