Loyola earns spot in final national media poll of regular season

The defending NCAA champions will end the regular season in the national media poll after almost a two-month absence.

Loyola received votes on the majority of the ballots to jump to No. 9 in the latest Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Media Poll that was released Tuesday.

The Ramblers finished the regular season winning eight of their final 10 matches. It also defeated then-No. 8/8 Ball State on Saturday to earn the No. 2 seed for the upcoming MIVA Tournament.

BYU for the second consecutive week earned the No. 1 ranking. The Cougars received nine first-place votes after winning the MPSF regular season championship on Saturday.

Ohio State, the MIVA regular season champions, was the only other team to earn a first-place vote and finished 10 points behind BYU at No. 2.

This is the final regular season Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Media Poll. The final media poll of the 2016 season will be voted upon and released at the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament in May.

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 14)
1. BYU — 108 (9) points
2. Ohio State — 98 (2) points
3. UCLA — 91 points
4. Long Beach State — 72 points
5. Stanford — 66 points
6. UC Santa Barbara — 59 points
7. Pepperdine — 36 points
8. Hawai’i — 29 points
9. Loyola — 18 points
10. Penn State — 14 points
Others receiving votes: Ball State 7; UC Irvine 6; Lewis 1