SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Announced on Monday afternoon, the UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball team has climbed yet another spot in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-15 Poll, reaching No. 3, its highest ranking of the season.
It is the highest ranking since UCSB was ranked No. 3 back in the 2015 season. In the rally-scoring era (since 2001), the Gauchos have been ranked as high as No. 2 in the final AVCA Poll of 2011 after finishing as National Runner-Ups.
Santa Barbara is 15-3 this season and have won 12 straight matches, a rally-scoring era program record, and the most since the 1987 Gauchos won 11 in-a-row.
The top three teams in the nation all reside in the Big West Conference as Long Beach State (17-0) is No. 1, and Hawai'i (15-0) comes in at No. 2. Previous No. 3, UC Irvine (14-5), dropped to No. 5 after a loss to now No. 9 BYU.
No. 1 LBSU and No. 3 UCSB will square off for the first time this week in a highly-anticipated pair of conference matches. The Gauchos will travel to Long Beach on Thursday, Mar. 14 and host the 49ers in Rob Gym this Friday, Mar. 15 at 7:00 p.m.