The defending NCAA champions picked up right where it left off both on the court and in the national media poll.
Ohio State received every first-place to finish atop the season’s inaugural Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Media Poll that was released on Tuesday.
Ohio State opened the season with home non-conference victories against USC and UCLA during the weekend at the AVCA Showcase. In addition, the four-game victory versus the Bruins was a match-up between the top-two ranked teams in the preseason national coaches poll.
Despite the early-season loss, UCLA earned all but one second-place vote to get the No. 2 ranking in the new top 10 national media poll.
Long Beach State, BYU and Hawai’i round-out the top half of the media poll.
The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Media Poll is the only rankings in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball solely determined by media members. The 10 teams receiving the most votes are ranked in the National Media Poll, while other schools earning votes but finishing outside of the top 10 are considered teams receiving votes.
OFF THE BLOCK/SPRINGBAK, INC. NATIONAL MEDIA POLL (Week 1)
1. Ohio State — 120 (10) points
2. UCLA — 107 points
3. Long Beach State — 95 points
4. BYU — 75 points
5. Hawai’i — 52 points
6. Loyola — 47 points
7. Pepperdine — 46 points
8. UC Irvine — 42 points
9. Lewis — 30 points
10. Stanford — 23 points
Others receiving votes: George Mason 13; UC Santa Barbara 5; Penn State 4