UC Irvine jumps to No. 1 in new Relative Strength Factor rankings

There is a new team atop the Off the Block Relative Strength Factor rankings for the second consecutive week.

UC Irvine moved up two spots to No. 1 in this week’s new RSF rankings that Off the Block released Monday.

The RSF is a mathematical equation created by Off the Block to give an accurate representation of the best Division I-II men’s volleyball teams in the nation. The formula is similar to the Ratings Percentage Index used in other NCAA sports, but it is customized to reflect the differences in NCAA men’s volleyball.


UC Irvine (9-2, 5-2 MPSF) swept a two-match road series against Hawai’i during the weekend. Those two victories helped the UC Irvine finish 0.024 points ahead of No. 2 Lewis in the RSF.

Stanford after being No. 1 last week dropped two spots to No. 3, while BYU and UCLA stayed in the top-five for the third consecutive week.

The RSF will be updated each Monday on the Off the Block website throughout the regular season.

The RSF was created independently of the NCAA and is not one of the criteria the selection committee uses to determine the one at-large team and seeding for the NCAA Tournament. For more on how a team’s RSF is calculated, check out the full RSF formula breakdown.

Off the Block Relative Strength Factor rankings — Feb. 13
1. UC Irvine — 2.786
2. Lewis — 2.762
3. Stanford — 2.730
4. BYU — 2.383
5. UCLA — 2.379
6. USC — 2.231
7. Loyola — 1.832
8. Penn State — 1.768
9. Ohio State — 1.606
10. Hawai’i — 1.422
11. George Mason — 1.387
12. Long Beach State — 1.366
13. Limestone — 1.343
14. UC Santa Barbara — 1.278
15. IPFW — 1.242
16. CS Northridge — 1.215
17. Pepperdine — 1.175
18. Pacific — 1.096
19. Pfeiffer — 1.052
20. Ball State — 1.023
21. St. Francis — 0.957
22. Quincy — 0.955
23. Cal Baptist — 0.875
24. Grand Canyon — 0.871
25. NJIT — 0.867
26. Harvard — 0.866
27. UC San Diego — 0.757
28. Lindenwood — 0.625
29. Mount Olive — 0.590
30. Lees-McRae — 0.589
31. Princeton — 0.585
32. King — 0.397
33. Rutgers-Newark — 0.374
34. Sacred Heart — -0.004
35. Barton — -0.786

3 Replies to “UC Irvine jumps to No. 1 in new Relative Strength Factor rankings”

    1. Great question Mike, and let’s further breakdown Lewis to see why they have such a high ranking. Here’s a couple of reasons.

      First Lewis is winning its matches and has not lost to a team with a losing record so far this season. In addition, it’s beaten several teams with good winning percentages such as Pepperdine and Penn State. What has further helped the Flyers is the amount of travel it’s done this season. The Flyers opened the season on a five-match West Coast road trip.

      The RSF is going to continue to get more accurate throughout the season. The top five teams are all very close to each other and one bad loss or one great win can make all the difference at this point in the season.

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