The UC Irvine men’s volleyball team warmed up for the start of their season by defeating the UCLA Bruins 30-21, 30-25, 30-32 and 30-24 in a preseason exhibition tournament on Monday, Nov. 20.
The men’s team was ranked No. 1 in the country for most of last season after finishing the year 27-5 before eventually losing in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships.
Resting most of their starters and playing many of the new freshmen on the team, Irvine dropped their next two games against Cal State Northridge (30-24, 30-26, 31-29) and UC Santa Barbara (30-27, 30-24, 27-30, 30-26).
The men’s team will start their season on Jan. 3 on the road against Cal Baptist and will host their first home game on Friday, Jan. 12 against Hawaii at the Bren Events Center.
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