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MVB Voted No. 2 in AVCA Coaches Poll

Dec 24, 2021

The UCLA men's volleyball team is ranked second in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Top-15 Poll released Christmas week. Coach John Speraw's Bruins posted an overall record of 15-6 and finished second last season in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. This is the third time in the last four years that the Bruins have been voted into the No. 2 slot in the AVCA pre-season poll – also in 2020 and 2019. Five different teams received first-place votes from the coaches, with UCLA receiving one vote.
 
The Bruins are slated to open the 2022 season on Jan. 6 at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament which also features UC San Diego and CSUN. UCLA's first home contest is scheduled for Jan. 15 against Princeton. Ten of the AVCA's Top 15-ranked teams appear on the Bruins' schedule for 2022, including home contests against No. 13 Ohio State (Jan. 21), No. 5 Penn State (Jan. 22), No. 8 Lewis (Jan. 29), No. 12 UC Irvine (Feb. 5), No. 4 Long Beach State (Feb. 19), No. 9 Grand Canyon (Mar. 3 &4) and No. 3 Pepperdine (Apr. 9). UCLA will also tangle with No. 6 BYU, No. 10 UC San Diego, No. 11 UC Santa Barbara on the road.
 
UCLA hosts the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom in 2022. The semifinal matches are set for May 5 with the title tilt to be played on May 7.

 

2022 AVCA Pre-Season Men's Volleyball Poll
Rank        School-(Pts---2021 record---2021 AVCA final rank)         
1.            Hawai'i (12 first place votes –263—17-1---1)
2.            UCLA (1--250---15-6---6)
3.            Pepperdine (1--244---13-7---5)
4.            Long Beach State (3---233---7-5---8)
5.            Penn State (190---22-4---7)
6.            BYU (2---186---20-4---2)
7.            Loyola-Chicago (146---15-6---10)
8.            Lewis (141---21-3---4)
9.            Grand Canyon (136---9-11---9)
10.          UC San Diego (130---5-13---11)
11.          UC Santa Barbara (100---16-5---3)
12.          UC Irvine (63---2-14---T15)
13.          Ohio State (51---9-10---NR)
14.          McKendree (34---11-6---13)
15.          Ball State (20---12-8---T15)
15.          George Mason (20---14-7---12)
15.          NJIT (20---13-6---14)

Also receiving votes on at least two ballots:  Princeton, CSUN, USC