Long Beach State sets NCAA record for best offense in modern era

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The Long Beach State offense ended the season being the best in the nation and the best in the modern history of NCAA men’s volleyball.

The NCAA champion 49ers with their .375 attack percentage set the single-season team record for the most efficient offense in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball history during the 25-point rally scoring era.

All-American setter Josh Tuaniga guided the Long Beach State offense to more than a .400 attack percentage in 12 matches. The 2018 AVCA National Player of the Year and Lloy Ball Award winner also helped the 49ers hit more than .300 in all but two matches this season, including all four postseason matches.

Along with Tuaniga, All-American outside attacker TJ DeFalco and All-American opposite Kyle Ensing were both in the nation’s top 20 with more than a 3.50 kills per game average and a .350 attack percentage. In addition, DeFalco was the 2018 recipient of the Karch Kiraly Award, while Ensing won the Bryan Ivie Award.

Long Beach State in 2017 and the NCAA champions Loyola in 2014 were the previous record holders for best single-season team attack percentage at .366.

The 25-point rally scoring era started in 2011 when the NCAA reduced the amount of points needed to win a games from 30 to 25 points. The 30-point games were implemented at the start of the rally scoring era in 2001.

NCAA records in 25-point rally scoring era

Single-season team attack percentage
1. Long Beach State (2018) — .375
T-2. Long Beach State (2017) — .366
T-2. Loyola (2014) — .366
4. Ohio State (2017) — .365
5. BYU (2016) — .360