Top 5 storylines to follow at the Outrigger Invitational

There are more than enough intriguing storylines this year for one of the oldest and most prestigious non-conference tournaments in NCAA men’s volleyball history.

Hawai’i, No. 9 Lewis, Springfield and No. 3 UCLA will begin play today at the three-day Outrigger Invitational in Honolulu. Each team will play each other once in tournament’s round-robin format and will conclude with a nationally televised match between UCLA and the host school Hawai’i.

Check out the top five storylines to follow during the Outrigger Invitational.
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My men’s volleyball media poll ballot

The preseason speculation being replace with actual evidence of matches leads to several changes on my media poll ballot this week.

UC Irvine jumping two spots to No. 1 in my ballot was the biggest change. However, there were several other changes among the top 10 teams this week.

Check out this week’s top 10 men’s volleyball media poll and my ballot with explanations on why ranked each team where I did.
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UC Irvine’s Speraw: Interested in U.S. head coach job for future Olympics

UC Irvine coach John Speraw would like the chance to be the head coach of the U.S. Men’s Volleyball National Team for the 2016 or future Olympics.

Speraw said Monday on the weekly volleyball radio show “The Net Live” that he would like to be the United States’ head coaching when the position becomes open for a future Olympics.
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Clark, Dejno pound Anteaters past Bruins for UCSB Invite title

UC Irvine’s outside attackers lived up to the preseason hype and lifted the No. 2 Anteaters to the UC Santa Barbara Invitational championship.

All three of the Anteaters starting outside attackers had more than 10 kills as UC Irvine defeated No. 3 UCLA 23-25, 25-21, 35-33, 25-18 in the UC Santa Barbara Invitational championship match on Saturday.
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Top 5 men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

And just in case you didn’t get enough top 10 teams play each other Friday, there are more of these matches today.

Seven of the top 10 ranked teams will be in action Saturday. Highlighting these matches is battle between the two undefeated teams — No. 2 BYU and No. 3 UC Irvine — in the UC Santa Barbara Invitational championship match.

Check out the top five men’s volleyball matches from around the nation to follow tonight.
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