Comparison: Final RPI and coaches poll rankings from last two seasons

If recent history is any indication, don’t expect the college men’s volleyball national coaches poll and RPI to have similar team rankings next season.

Six times in the last two years a team that was ranked in the top 10 of the final RPI but finished outside the top 10 in final national coaches poll, according to documents recently published NCAA documents.

The NCAA released on its website the final RPI rankings from the last two seasons after approving a motion to include the RPI in the criteria used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee starting next season. The decision to publish the rankings was made at the request of the NCAA men’s volleyball committee in an effort promote transparency.

The MIVA benefited the most from the RPI rankings compared to the coaches poll rankings.

Ohio State finished the 2013 season at No. 4 in the RPI — 11 spots higher than its No. 15 ranking in the final coaches poll. In addition, Lewis ended last season at No. 2 in the RPI — nine spots higher than its No. 11 coaches poll ranking.

While the RPI rankings will be part of the selection committee criteria in 2015, the coaches poll is not used to help determine the at-large bids or seeding for the NCAA Tournament.

Check out how the final RPI and national coaches poll rankings have compare to each other in the last two seasons.

2014 Final RPI rankings
1. Loyola
2. Lewis
3. Penn State
4. Stanford
5. BYU
6. IPFW
7. Ball State
8. Pepperdine
9. UC Irvine
10. Long Beach State
11. UCLA
12. UC Santa Barbara
13. USC
14. Ohio State
15. Harvard
16. Hawai’i
17. Erskine
18. Princeton
19. Lindenwood
20. Mount Olive
21. George Mason
22. Grand Canyon
23. St. Francis
24. Cal State Northridge
25. Pfeiffer
26. Sacred Heart
27. Quincy
28. Limestone
29. Cal Baptist
30. Barton
31. NJIT
32. Lees-McRae
33. UC San Diego
34. Pacific
35. King
36. Coker
37. Rutgers-Newark
38. McKendree
39. Belmont Abbey
40. Alderson Broaddus
2014 Final AVCA coaches poll
1. Loyola
2. Stanford
3. BYU
4. Pepperdine
5. UC Santa Barbara
6. UC Irvine
7. Long Beach State
8. Penn State
9. UCLA
10. USC
11. Lewis
12. Hawai’i
13. Ball State
14. IPFW
15. Cal State Northridge

2013 Final RPI rankings
1. BYU
2. UC Irvine
3. Long Beach State
4. Ohio State
5. Loyola
6. Lewis
7. Penn State
8. Ball State
9. UCLA
10. Mount Olive
11. Pfeiffer
12. Lindenwood
13. Cal Baptist
14. Stanford
15. Pepperdine
16. UC Santa Barbara
17. IPFW
18. Lees-McRae
19. Hawai’i
20. Geroge Mason
21. Limestone
22. Grand Canyon
23. Cal State Northridge
24. Harvard
25. St. Francis
26. Princeton
27. Pacific
28. Erskine
29. USC
30. UC San Diego
31. Quincy
32. Belmont Abbey
33. NJIT
34. Barton
35. King
36. Coker
37. Sacred Heart
38. Rutgers-Newark
2013 Final AVCA coaches poll
1. UC Irvine
2. BYU
3. Long Beach State
4. UCLA
5. Pepperdine
6. Stanford
7. UC Santa Barbara
8. Cal Baptist
9. Loyola
10. Lewis
11. Ball State
12. Penn State
13. Hawai’i
14. Cal State Northridge
15. Ohio State