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NCAA Men: USC Breaks Through

By April 4, 2012

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And just like that, men's volleyball has its fifth number new number one this season. USC now tops the AVCA poll for the first time after beating Stanford in four sets and benefiting from some key losses.

Former No. 1 UCI took on former No. 3 UCLA and lost in three sets. It took just over an hour for the Bruins to exact revenge on the Anteaters for beating them in Westwood just three weeks ago. That might have put UCLA back in the top spot had they not dropped one the night before to UCSD. The Bruins lost that one in four and sent UCSD up two spots to No 11 in the poll.

So this week UCI sits in second place while UCLA remains in third overall. The MPSF standings look a bit different with BYU in the top spot followed by UCI. UCLA and USC are tied for third in the conference while Stanford sits in fifth.

Lewis fell three spots to No. 9 after losing to Ohio State and Loyola Chicago. Loyola-Chicago had fallen off the rankings list but returns in the No. 15 spot. They replace UC Santa Barbara on the poll.

This week's No. 1 will play last week's No. 1 as UCI travels to play the Trojans on Saturday. Here are the rest of your matches to watch:

Thursday, April 5th
No. 2 UCI @ No. 6 Pepperdine
No. 11 UCSD @ No. 1 USC

Friday, April 6th
No. 4 BYU @ No. 3 UCLA
No. 8 Long Beach State @ No. 5 Stanford
No. 12 CSUN @ No. 13 Pacific
No. 14 Hawaii @ UCSB

Saturday, April 7th
No. 2 UCI @ No. 1 USC
No. 4 BYU @ No. 3 UCLA
No. 11 UCSD @ No. 6 Pepperdine
Harvard @ No. 7 Penn State
No. 12 CSUN @ No. 5 Stanford
No. 8 Long Beach State @ No. 13 Pacific
No. 14 Hawaii @ UCSB

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