The NCAA champions will end the season as the unanimous No. 1 team in the national media poll.
Ohio State after winning 23 consecutive matches to secure a national championship received all 10-first place votes to finish atop season’s final Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Media Poll that was released Tuesday.
Ohio State swept BYU in the NCAA Tournament finals on Saturday to win the program’s first national title since 2011. The Buckeyes during the college men’s volleyball postseason also won the MIVA Tournament championship and defeated three nationally ranked teams in the NCAA Tournament.
The four teams to reach the NCAA Tournament semifinals finished in the top four of the national media poll.
BYU following its championship loss came in at No. 2 and 11 points behind Ohio State. UCLA finished at No. 3, while Long Beach State earned the No. 4 spot in the rankings.
Beyond the teams in the top half of the rankings, George Mason earned a spot in the national media poll for the first time this season.
George Mason received enough votes to move to No. 9 after winning the EIVA Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in almost 30 years.
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 (2016 FINAL)
1. Ohio State — 100 (10) points
2. BYU — 89 points
3. UCLA — 81 points
4. Long Beach State — 69 points
5. Stanford — 57 points
6. UC Santa Barbara — 52 points
7. Pepperdine — 37 points
8. Hawai’i — 22 points
9. George Mason — 18 points
10. Lewis — 10 points
Others receiving votes: UC Irvine 5; Erskine 4; Loyola 3; St. Francis 3