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UCI men's volleyball entering Big West

UC Irvine's path to the NCAA men's volleyball championship will be considerably less foreboding beginning in 2018, when the Anteaters will compete in a six-team Big West Conference.

The Big West announced the creation of its first men's volleyball conference Tuesday.

UCI will join Long Beach State, Hawaii, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Northridge and UC San Diego in the six-team alliance, as the Big West becomes the first Division I conference to sponsor competition in men's volleyball.

UCI will compete for the final time next season in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, which includes Pacific-12 members UCLA, Stanford and USC, as well as West Coast Conference...