The Knights totaled 77 points in the poll, receiving 7 first-place votes, after winning the programs first ever CVC title last season. They went undefeated against conference foes last year, 11-0 in the regular season and two more wins in the postseason, finishing with a 23-4 overall record. They were ranked #10 in the final AVCA poll of the season last year and bring back four starters from last year's team including a pair of All-Americans (Paul Clark and Nahuel Recabarren . Senior outside hitter Paul Clark hit .319 last season while averaging 3.07 kills per set and finishing 4th in the league in aces with 39. Recabarren, a junior outside hitter, totaled 352 kills while hitting .315. Opposite Mark Stapley was 3rd on the team in kills last season with 179 and added 36 total blocks. The offense will be run through Kaipo Tagaloa, a senior that earned 3rd Team All-Conference honors last year after averaging 9.89 assists per set. Whiel the offense has a strong core of returners the defense will be revamped. Head Coach Tom Peterson will be looking for someone to step up to replace graduating CVC Libero of the Year, Danny Aina, and his top two middle blockers. Among the newcomers that are expected to contribute are Jeremy Brown and Curtis Stone.