The team with the nation’s longest winning streak is back atop the national media poll.
BYU received all but two first-place votes to surpass Long Beach State for the No. 1 ranking in the new Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Media Poll released Tuesday.
The Cougars are tied for first place in the MPSF and during their current 12-match winning streak set a school rally scoring era record winning 35 straight games. Despite having a bye last week, BYU jumped up one spot in the latest national media poll after Long Beach State lost to Ohio State during the weekend.
The 49ers earned the other two first-place votes and dropped to No. 2 following their non-conference loss to the Buckeyes. Ohio State also jumped up one spot to No. 4 — its highest ranking in the national media poll this season.
Along with these teams, Stanford and UCLA round-out the top half of the national rankings.
The Cardinal, Buckeyes and Bruins were separated by three points for the No. 3 to No. 5 rankings, including Stanford beating Ohio State by one point to remain at No. 3.
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 10)
1. BYU — 98 (8) points
2. Long Beach State — 86 (2) points
3. Stanford — 73 points
4. Ohio State — 72 points
5. UCLA — 70 points
6. Penn State — 38 points
7. Pepperdine — 34 points
8. UC Santa Barbara — 32 points
9. Hawai’i — 21 points
10. Ball State — 16 points
Others receiving votes: CSUN 4, Loyola 3, UC Irvine 3