Weekend Sweep Lifts Cougars in Polls

PROVO -- After a pair of four-game victories over No. 15 Pacific on Friday and Saturday, the BYU men's volleyball team climbed all the way to No. 2 in the Volleyball Magazine Poll, and gained one spot in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches' Top-15 Poll.

Now 3-1 on the season, the Cougars earned one first-place vote in the coaches' poll to move from No. 6 to No. 5, while cruising past Stanford, Hawaii and Penn State in the Volleyball Magazine Poll.

UCLA took over the top spot in both polls after defeating formerly top-ranked Penn State and No. 3 Hawaii in Honolulu over the weekend. With losses to UCLA and Hawaii, the Nittany Lions dropped from No. 1 in both polls to No. 7 in the coaches' poll and No. 5 in the Volleyball Magazine top-10 poll.

The Cougars will defend their new rankings by taking on No. 12 USC (3-3) on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, in the Smith Fieldhouse. First serve for both matches is scheduled for 7 p.m. (MST).

Friday's match will be broadcast live on both KBYU and BYU-TV. Chris Tunis will call the action, with Chris McGown lending expert analysis.

Volleyball Magazine Poll

No School Record

1 UCLA 5-1

2 BYU 3-1

3 Stanford 3-1

4 Hawaii 3-2

5 Penn State 2-2

6 UC Santa Barbara 5-0

7 Pepperdine 6-2

8 UC Irvine 2-2

9 Loyola-Chicago 2-1

10 Ball State 4-0

USA Today/AVCA Coaches' Top-15 Poll

No. School Record

1 UCLA 5-1

2 Stanford 3-1

3 Pepperdine 6-2

4 Hawaii 3-2

5 BYU 3-1

6 UC Santa Barbara 5-0

7 Penn State 2-2

8 UC Irvine 2-2

9 Ball State 4-0

10 Loyola-Chicago 2-1

11 Lewis 0-3

12 USC 3-3

13 Ohio State 2-1

14 Long Beach State 2-5

15 CS Northridge 3-2