UCLA despite first loss stays No. 1 in media poll

There is no consensus No. 1 in the college men’s volleyball rankings this week.

Despite dropping in the national coaches poll following its first loss of the season, UCLA remained No. 1 in the newest Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Medial Poll released Tuesday.


The Bruins, which are ranked No. 2 in the coaches poll, received all but one first-place vote to stay atop the media poll. UCLA was the final undefeated team remaining in the nation before splitting a two-match series against Hawai’i during the weekend.

Long Beach State moved up one spot to No. 2 in the National Media Poll but jumped to No. 1 in the new coaches poll released Monday. In addition, BYU, Hawai’i and Stanford round-out the top five in the media poll.

BYU was the only team besides UCLA to receive a first-place vote.

This week’s rankings also was the first time Ball State and Grand Canyon received votes in the National Media Poll. Both teams were among the five teams to earn votes but finish outside the top 10.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Media Poll is the only national rankings in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball solely determined by media members. The 10 teams receiving the most votes are ranked in National Media Poll, while other schools earning votes but finishing outside of the top 10 are considered teams receiving votes.

OFF THE BLOCK/SPRINGBAK NATIONAL MEDIA POLL (Week 5)
1. UCLA — 89 (8) points
2. Long Beach State — 77 points
3. BYU — 74 (1) points
4. Hawai’i — 60 points
5. Stanford — 53 points
6. Loyola — 43 points
7. Penn State — 27 points
8. Pepperdine — 26 points
9. UC Santa Barbara — 15 points
10. Ohio State — 12 points
Others receiving votes: Ball State 7; Lewis 6; Grand Canyon 2; UC Irvine 2; CSUN 1