UC San Diego makes season debut in Division II coaches poll

A comeback victory catapulted UC San Diego in the national rankings for the first time this season.

The Tritons earned six votes to finish tied for final spot in the latest Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Division II National Coaches Poll that was released Tuesday.

UC San Diego earned the amount of votes as Barton for the No. 5 ranking following a five-game win against Concordia-Irvine during the weekend. Opposite Tanner Syftestad in the victory had a match-high 22 kills to help the Tritons overcome a one-game deficit.

Concordia-Irvine despite the loss remained at No. 3 in the top-five coaches poll.


Besides the addition of UC San Diego, the Division II National Coaches Poll remained unchanged from last week.

Lewis for the second consecutive week was the unanimous No. 1 team in the poll, while Cal Baptist remained at No. 2. In addition, McKendree maintained its No. 4 ranking.

This is the first season of the Off the Block Division II National Coaches Poll, and it is the only national rankings in college men’s volleyball solely for Division II teams.

Both NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II men’s volleyball programs compete for the same national championship. The AVCA National Coaches Poll ranks the top 15 Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and is released each Monday during the regular season.

A national voting committee comprised of coaches from the more than 20 Division II teams determines the weekly rankings for the Division II National Coaches Poll.

Off the Block is a website that launched in 2011 and is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage. Springbak, Inc. is the official sponsor of the Division I-II National Coaches Poll and produces high performance footwear used by professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB and U.S. Olympic teams and the top college teams in the nation.

The Division II National Coaches Poll will be released on the Off the Block website every Tuesday during the regular season.

1. Lewis — 50 (10) points
2. Cal Baptist — 34 points
3. Concordia-Irvine — 28 points
4. McKendree — 21 points
T-5. Barton — 6 points
T-5. UC San Diego — 6 points
Others receiving votes: King 3; Coker 2; Limestone 1