1996 NCAA Men's Volleyball Tournament

The 1996 NCAA Men's Volleyball Tournament was the 27th annual tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA men's collegiate volleyball. The single elimination tournament was played at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California during May 1996.[1]

1996 NCAA Men's Volleyball Tournament
DatesMay 1996
ChampionsUCLA (16th title)
Runners-upHawaiʻi (1st title match)
Matches played3
Attendance11,396 (3,799 per match)
Best playerYuval Katz (Hawaiʻi)

UCLA defeated Hawaiʻi in the final match, 3–2 (15–13, 12–15, 9–15, 17–15, 15–12), to win their sixteenth, and second consecutive, national title. The Bruins (26–5) were coached by Al Scates.

Hawaiʻi's Yuval Katz was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Katz, along with five other players, comprised the All-Tournament Team. This was the first time the Most Outstanding Player did not come from the championship team.


Until the creation of the NCAA Men's Division III Volleyball Championship in 2012, there was only a single national championship for men's volleyball. As such, all NCAA men's volleyball programs, whether from Division I, Division II, or Division III, were eligible. A total of 4 teams were invited to contest this championship. For the first time, a third place match was not held.

Team Appearance Previous
Hawaiʻi 2nd 1995
Lewis 1st Never
Penn State 12th 1995
UCLA 18th 1995

Tournament bracket

Semifinals Championship
UCLA (3) 15 15 15
Lewis (0) 7 8 10
UCLA (3) 15 12 9 17 15
Hawaiʻi (2) 13 15 15 15 12
Hawaiʻi (3) 15 15 13 15
Penn State (1) 9 3 15 7

All tournament team

  • Yuval Katz, Hawaiʻi (Most outstanding player)
  • Stein Metzger, UCLA
  • Tom Stillwell, UCLA
  • Aaron Wilton, Hawaiʻi
  • Jason Ring, Hawaiʻi
  • Kevin Hourican, Penn State

See also


  1. "Men's Volleyball National Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
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