No change to top 5 in new Relative Strength Factor rankings

The top of the Off the Block Relative Strength Factor rankings remains the same for the second straight week.

UC Irvine following its bye week remains No. 1, while USC, Lewis, Stanford and USC all stayed in the top five in the 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.

Loyola made the biggest jump in the RSF rankings this week. The Ramblers after winning three MIVA matches last week moved up five spots to No. 9 in this week’s rankings.

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 — March 26
1. UC Irvine — 2.693
2. USC — 2.375
3. Lewis — 2.346
4. Stanford — 2.298
5. UCLA — 2.228
6. Penn State — 2.019
7. BYU — 1.918
8. Ohio State — 1.764
9. Loyola — 1.702
10. Pepperdine — 1.666
11. Long Beach State — 1.654
12. George Mason — 1.597
13. Cal Baptist — 1.583
14. Hawai’i — 1.560
15. Harvard — 1.334
16. Pacific — 1.327
17. UC Santa Barbara — 1.309
18. Cal State Northridge — 1.297
19. Ball State — 1.283
20. Grand Canyon — 1.195
21. Mount Olive — 1.158
22. Limestone — 1.077
23. NJIT — 0.985
24. St. Francis — 0.967
25. IPFW — 0.919
26. UC San Diego — 0.840
27. Lindenwood — 0.790
28. Quincy — 0.768
29. Pfeiffer — 0.699
30. Lees-McRae — 0.668
31. Princeton — 0.651
32. King — 0.339
33. Rutgers-Newark — 0.321
34. Sacred Heart — 0.032
35. Barton — -0.850