Hawaii’s two impressive wins at UC Irvine last week didn’t change the Rainbow Warriors’ ranking in the national poll. But it did change the minds of some of the national voters.
For the first time this season, Hawaii (12-0) was a unanimous No. 2 in the AVCA Division I-II Men’s Top 15. The Warriors received 224 points today from the 16 pollsters with a second-place vote worth 14 points.
Long Beach State (15-0) remained the unanimous No. 1 and UC Irvine (13-4) stayed at No. 3. The Big West had the top four teams in the poll after UC Santa Barbara (14-3) moved up a spot to No. 4.
Pepperdine’s two losses last week had the Waves (11-4) dropping two places to No. 6. Pepperdine is part of this week’s field of the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Invitational at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Hawaii opens the three-day tournament Thursday with Conference Carolinas member King (10-5) at 7 p.m. Pepperdine meets No. 15 Ball State (9-8) in Thursday’s 4 p.m. opener.