Cougars Grab No.1 Spot in National Poll

Junior Carlos Moreno has registerd 755 assists on the season and ranks fourth on BYU's all-time list with 3,694 total career assists. He needs 39 more assists to pass Chris Pitzak (3,733) into third place.

PROVO -- For the first time this season, the BYU men's volleyball team is ranked No. 1, tied with UCLA in the USA Today/AVCA Top 15 Coaches' Poll.

The Cougars moved from third place to first and will look to avenge the preseason losses to Pepperdine, as they host the No. 5 Waves on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

"It is an honor that other people think we're No. 1," head coach Tom Peterson said. "But to remain on top is even harder than getting there. I think we're a good team but now we need to show it in these next matches."

Pepperdine currently holds a tie with Hawaii for 5th place in the national poll, which is the first time in the poll's history that two ties have come in the top five spots.

UCLA earned nine of 16 first-place votes, while BYU picked up the remaining seven. BYU was selected either first or second on all 16 ballots, while UCLA was selected second on five ballots and third on two.

This week's tie for first (UCLA and BYU) in the Poll is rather rare, something that has occurred only once before in the poll's history. UCLA and Penn State held identical point totals to lead all schools in the poll released on Feb. 24, 1987.

Saturday's match will be broadcast on KBYU locally and BYUTV nationally, starting a 7 p.m. (MST).