AVCA DI-II men’s preseason poll

December 29th, 2012

1. UCI with all 16 votes. a little surprised since they will have a new coach

2. BYU. 3. Stanford. 4. Pepperdine. 5. Lewis. 6. UCLA. 7. Long Beach State. 8. Penn State 9. USC. 10 Loyola-Chicago. 11. Ohio State. 12. CSU Northridge. 13. UC Santa Barbara. 14. George Mason. 15. Cal Baptist.

RV: Pacific 14, Hawaii 12, Princeton 10, UCSD 10, Harvard 3

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  • jmy

    No where to go but up. I think that the Bows need to have a good season or…

  • warriofan

    It’s pretty sick to see Cal Baptist and Geroge Mason ahead of UH.

    I don’t really get the Lewis love.

  • Karmady

    They won’t have a good season because what needed to change hasn’t. Hope to be proven wrong but doubt it.

    • setaone

      Setting will be better this year.

      • Karmady

        Maybe. But the best setter in the world won’t fix the biggest problem.

        • warriofan

          Karmady either say what it is , or shut it!

          • Karmady

            Nice, Warriofan (sic). I thought it would be crystal clear to anyone who watched them last year; the coaching is not what it should be, certainly at the Division I level let alone the most loaded conference in the country. No leadership or discipline (hence lotsa serving errors), no camraderie, no teamwork.
            Sam Biscaro got pilloried for stuff that went way beyond his area of control, while it seemed to me the coaching staff largely got a pass. The hateful comments on all of these blogs didn’t help matters.
            As for JP, I think he’s probably used to a program with a different style- he clearly has the skills, but you can’t put a disciplined player into chaos and expect him to thrive. Forcing players to shave and wear jerseys with an acronym on the back won’t fill the leadership vacuum.

          • warriofan

            That’s funny coaching wasn’t an issue when they had a decent setter, and strong terminator/ good blocking middles in the 2010 season. He even outcoached Legendary Marv Dunphy in the playoffs….

      • warriofan

        Agreed, now hopefully they can improve their serving. Way too many errors last season. I hope JP will improve greatly he was a big disappointment as a freshmen.

        • jmy

          I’m hoping that their level of concentration is higher…It was frustrating to see them hang tough but not be able to finish…But I agree that the serving has to improve, especially when things get tight…

    • jmy

      I assume you’re talking about coaching…I think that this is a pivotal year for Charlie Wade & co…if they don’t have a good season, this could be his swan song…I’m hoping for the best…

      • kaleiboy

        Agreed…..if not a good season 2013, UH should really think about discontinuing Men’s VB……

        • warriofan

          Get real, UH will never discontinue mens volleyball. it’s basically the only men’s sport that has a chance to win the national championship.

          • Beauston

            Thats too bad for Charlie to be in a tough position this year coming off of a real bad one last season, I think he does a real good job in recruiting, as for coaching, I have to agree, yet to be proven.

        • Cindy Luis

          They aren’t going to drop men’s volleyball.

  • Ron

    We don’t have anywhere to go but up. We might be 0-5 at the start but we will turn it around about mid-season and be a force by play-off time. IMHO. Happy New Year Cindy, hope to see you on the 10th.

  • The Big Question

    Do any of you think Wade would have been more successful if he had stayed on the women’s side of the sport ?

    • WaWa

      Hard to tell with the results he had at Pacific, but I do feel that his “stock” went down as a result of the recent lack of success of the Men’s team. He seemed to be the “People’s Choice” for #1 Assistant Coach in the NCAA Div 1 at the time he left for Stockton.

      I think if Scott is going to be the Sand VB Coach, we need a full-tiime assistant. Let Wade return to the nest. Not sure if Ah Mow is being groomed to succeed Dave, but could you imagine that coaching combo? Charlie has been one of the best training coaches and with Ah Mow coaching the setters…that might make for a strong duo to someday take the reigns when Dave retires (which hopefully he never does or the entire state of Hawaii will just collapse and economy will crash and little girls will no longer want to be Rainbow Wahine).

  • vballfreak808

    Good news for Big West RPI and Hawaii Scheduling is Boise State will most likely not join the Big West


  • setaone

    In Men’s volleyball there will always be a ton of service errors. Serve too soft and the other team will just kill it.

  • turfwar

    Biscaro simply didn’t have the skills to execute a back set. Made things very easy to defend.

  • vballfreak808

    Since things are a little slow now days, here are some Men’s volleyball results around the west coast.

    #1 UC Irvine def. Concordia Irvine (3-2)
    #6 UCLA is swept by Alberta (0-3) [Team from Canada that beat Pepperdine in 5]

    Can’t wait for Hawaii vs. BYU on Friday

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