UC Irvine remains No. 1 in new Relative Strength Factor rankings

A victory against the nation’s top ranked team has helped UC Irvine keep the top spot in the Off the Block Relative Strength Factor rankings.

UC Irvine after defeating No. 1 UCLA in five games during the weekend remained atop 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.

This is the second consecutive week that the Anteaters (16-3, 12-3) have been ranked No. 1 in the RSF. UC Irvine has won 11 of its last 12 matches and is a one-match behind UCLA for first place in the MPSF.

UCLA following the loss to UC Irvine dropped to No. 5 in the RSF rankings.

Along with UC Irvine and UCLA, Lewis moved one spot to No. 2 — jumping ahead of Stanford at No. 3. In addition, USC jumped two spots to No. 4 in the RSF 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 12
1. UC Irvine — 2.677
2. Lewis — 2.442
3. Stanford — 2.298
4. USC — 2.282
5. UCLA — 2.217
6. Penn State — 2.049
7. BYU — 1.961
8. Ohio State — 1.848
9. Hawai’i — 1.686
10. Long Beach State — 1.668
11. Cal Baptist — 1.607
12. Pepperdine — 1.578
13. George Mason — 1.542
14. Loyola — 1.494
15. CS Northridge — 1.419
16. UC Santa Barbara — 1.361
17. Pacific — 1.344
18. Harvard — 1.254
19. Ball State — 1.252
20. Mount Olive — 1.057
21. IPFW — 1.044
22. Grand Canyon — 1.039
23. NJIT — 0.978
24. St. Francis — 0.957
25. Pfeiffer — 0.883
26. Limestone — 0.846
27. Lindenwood — 0.791
28. Quincy — 0.755
29. Lees-McRae — 0.742
30. UC San Diego — 0.715
31. Princeton — 0.701
32. Rutgers-Newark — 0.357
33. King — 0.285
34. Sacred Heart — -0.072
35. Barton — -1.058