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Rainbow Warriors, Wahine fall in volleyball polls after losses

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaii outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg went for a dig during the fourth set against the BYU Cougars, Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center. BYU won in four sets.

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Losses last week cost both the Hawaii men’s and women’s beach teams in their respective coaches polls today.

The Rainbow Warriors (11-3) fell a spot in the AVCA Division I-II men’s rankings to No. 3 after losing Saturday’s championship of the Outrigger Resorts Invitational to BYU. The Cougars (17-4) leapfrogged two places to No. 2 with UCLA (11-5) moving up a spot to No. 4 and UC Irvine (14-5) dropping one to No. 5. Long Beach State (17-0, 2-0 Big West) remained a unanimous No. 1.

Hawaii (1-1 Big West) opens up a three-match road trip on Thursday at No. 10 Cal State Northridge (10-7, 0-2). The Warriors play the Matadors again on Friday then have a nonconference match at No. 7 Pepperdine (10-6) on Sunday.

The Rainbow Wahine (7-3) slipped two spots in the AVCA Collegiate Beach rankings to No. 5 after losing to UCLA on Thursday and Florida State on Saturday. Pepperdine (10-2) remained at No. 1 while a 4-0 showing at the East Meets West Challenge, coupled with the win over the SandBows, had the Bruins (11-3) jumping to spots to No. 2.

Defending national champion USC (8-4) dropped one place to No. 3 with the Seminoles (9-3) up one spot to No. 4.

Hawaii next hosts the Outrigger Resorts Invitational Saturday and Sunday at Queen’s Beach. The SandBows open at 9 a.m. Saturday with unranked Nebraska (3-4), followed by matches with USC and No. 12 Grand Canyon (5-4).

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