Long Beach, UC San Diego, Charleston cancel season openers

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Three more teams will have delayed starts to their seasons

No. 4 Long Beach State, No. 10 UC San Diego and Charleston all announced they have canceled their season openers this weekend due to the spread of the coronavirus Omicron variant.

The Beach revealed it is entering a 10-day pause from volleyball activities that started on Wednesday. This pause results in Long Beach State canceling its matches against Juanita on Friday and Saint Francis on Saturday along with its home opener against Erskine on Wednesday.


Charleston was initially slated to play Central State and Ohio State as part of a non-conference tournament at Ohio State. The EIVA school, though, pulled out of the event on Thursday because of coronavirus-related issues in its program.

With this cancellation, Central State and Ohio State will now play on Friday and then meet again in their originally scheduled match on Saturday.

UC San Diego also has canceled its season opener versus USC on Friday at the UC Santa Barbara Invitational. It will still participate at this non-conference tournament and play No. 11 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. UC Santa Barbara and USC will play again on Friday, after the Trojans defeated the Gauchos in five games on Thursday.

Four teams now canceled matches this weekend because of the coronavirus.

The amount of daily new positive coronavirus cases has steadily increased since December throughout the United States, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The nation’s seven-day average for daily new positive cases as of Wednesday has climbed to a record high of 586,391.