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Beverly Oden

NCAA Men: BYU,UCI Tied at the Top, Ohio State Rises

By February 12, 2013

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UCI and BYU continue to rule the roost in men's volleyball. This week each garnered eight first place votes in the AVCA poll and are tied for first place for the second week in a row. After a much-needed weekend off, UCI beat Stanford rather easily in four last Friday, breaking Stanford's 12-match home win streak. BYU handled No. 6 UCLA in three, but struggled a bit to beat No. 15 UCSB in five sets.

The Cougars will head to Southern California for what should be two tough matches against No. 5 Pepperdine and No. 10 USC. Both of those opponents had losses last weekend. Pepperdine lost in five to Cal State Northridge but beat Long Beach in three.

USC had a rough weekend, losing two matches over the weekend. Both CSUN and Long Beach State beat them in four sets. The Trojans fell two spots to No. 10 this week while Pepperdine remained in the No. 5 spot despite the loss.

After a great weekend in which they beat both Pepperdine and USC, Northridge moved up two spots to No. 8 in the poll. But Ohio State earned the biggest rise in rank this week. They are up three spots and tied at No. 6 with UCLA after beating Penn State in three sets last weekend. The Nittany Lions fell two spots to No. 9.

Cal Baptist continues to impress, with a five set victory over UCLA last week. They did lose in five to UCSB but are now up to No. 11 in the poll, their highest rank of the season. So far this season they have logged wins over several ranked opponents including UCI, Northridge, Lewis and now the Bruins. They've proven to be a dangerous team this year, but they have a tough week ahead as they will travel to No. 5 Pepperdine and No. 10 USC this week.

Here are the rest of your matches to watch this week.

Matches to Watch:

Wednesday, February 13th
No. 11 Cal Baptist @ No. 5 Pepperdine

Thursday, February 14th
No. 15 UCSB @ No. 1 UCI
No. 11 Cal Baptist @ No. 10 USC

Friday, February 15th
No. 1 BYU @ No. 5 Pepperdine
No. 3 Stanford @ No. 8 CSUN
No. 11 Pacific @ No. 4 Long Beach State
No. 13 Hawaii @ No. 6 UCLA
No. 15 UCSB @ UCSD

Saturday, February 16th
No. 1 BYU @ No. 10 USC
No. 1 UCI @ UCSD
No. 3 Stanford @ No. 4 Long Beach State
No. 13 Hawaii @ No. 6 UCLA
No. 11 Pacific @ No. 8 CSUN

Monday, February 18th
No. 6 UCLA @ No. 10 USC


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