No more Big West men’s volleyball teams will be in action for the foreseeable future.
The conference announced Thursday that it is indefinitely suspending conference and non-conference matches for all spring sports, including men’s volleyball, due to the cornavirus outbreak.
Teams from the Big West have won every NCAA championship since the conference added men’s volleyball for the 2018 season. Five of the six Big West teams are currently in the top 10 of the national rankings — No. 2/2 Hawai’i, No. 3/3 UC Santa Barbara, No. 4/4 Long Beach State, No. 6/6 UC Irvine and No. 6/7 UC San Diego.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that there are 1,215 confirmed cases of the coronavirus throughout the United States and 36 deaths because of the virus. That number has continued to increase in recent days.
The Big West is the first college men’s volleyball confernce in the nation to suspend its season.
The conference stated it will continue to monitor developments and information about the cornavirus.