Undefeated Hawaii men’s volleyball team ranks No. 1 for first time in 4 years
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Undefeated Hawaii men’s volleyball team ranks No. 1 for first time in 4 years

  • JAMM AQUINO / January 2019

    University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team celebrate a service ace in a match against the NJIT Highlanders on Jan. 10. The Rainbow Warriors received all 16 first-place votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 15 rankings released today.

For the first time since April 2015, the Hawaii men’s volleyball team is No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Top 15 poll.

The Rainbow Warriors (20-0) received all 16 first-place votes in the rankings released today.

Hawaii replaced defending national champion Long Beach State (19-1) at the top spot. The 49ers lost for the first time since April 14 when they were swept at USC Saturday.

The Warriors won a program-record 20th in a row Saturday with a sweep of BYU in Provo. It extended Hawaii’s NCAA-record consecutive sets-won to 60.

The Big West has the top three teams in the polls with UC Santa Barbara (15-5) at No.3.

Pepperdine (16-6) remained No. 4 and UCLA (16-6) No. 6.

Also today, Hawaii senior setter Joe Worsley was named Big West player of the week and junior middle Patrick Gasman defensive player of the week in men’s volleyball.

Worsley averaged 12.1 assists and 1.89 digs per set in the Ranbow Warriors’ three victories at last week’s Brigham Young Invite in Provo, Utah. He had 37 assists, four kills, eight digs and three aces, the match-ended against the host Cougars that gave Hawaii (20-0) its first win over BYU in Smith Fieldhouse since 2003.

Worsley leads the country in assists at 11.82 per set and has the top-ranked Warriors hitting .481 which also leads the nation.

Gasman continues to be the top blocker at 1.577 per set. He had a combined 14 blocks and 16 kills in the BYU Invite. He also did not have a hitting error in the three tournament matches, including going 10-for-11 to hit .909 against the Cougars

Hawaii remains on the road with a nonconference match at Concordia-Irvine Tuesday and two Big West matches at UC San Diego Friday and Saturday,

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