By Cindy Luis
From UH. Poll link below
The University of Hawai‘i men’s volleyball team will open the 2014 season at No. 13 in the AVCA Division I-II Preseason Poll.
The Rainbow Warriors finished last season at No. 13 after advancing to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament quarterfinals, their third postseason appearance under head coach Charlie Wade.
Hawai‘i returns five starters and 10 lettermen off of that squad including its top two hitters – Brook Sedore and Sinisa Zarkovic, top three middle blockers – Taylor Averill, Davis Holt, and Nick West, and starting setter – Joby Ramos.
Defending NCAA champion UC Irvine grabbed the top spot with nine first place votes followed by UCLA (3), national runner-up BYU (4), Long Beach State (1), and Stanford (1). Rounding out the Top 10 were Pepperdine, Loyola-Chicago, UC Santa Barbara, Penn State, and Lewis.
UH opens the season with a pair of exhibition matches against Canada’s Thompson Rivers University, Jan. 2 & 4, before hosting the 20th Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational, Jan. 9-11, which includes UCLA, Penn State, No. 12 Ohio State, along with host UH.