Cal Baptist, UCSD tie for No. 2 in new Division II coaches poll

The two Division II teams in the MPSF are now tied in the national rankings.

Cal Baptist and UC San Diego both received 25 votes to finish tied for No. 2 in the latest Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Division II National Coaches Poll that was released Tuesday.

This is the second consecutive week that the Tritons have jumped one spot in the coaches poll. UC San Diego surpassed Concordia-Irvine last week to move into the top three for the first time this season.

Cal Baptist has been ranked No. 2 in the weekly poll since mid-January.


Along with these two West Coast teams, Lewis remains the unanimous No. 1 ranked team. The Flyers are on a five-match winning streak and in the top five of the AVCA Division I-II National Coaches Poll.

Concordia-Irvine and McKendree for the second straight week round-out the top-five Division II poll.

This is the first season of the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. 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 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 — 40 (8) points
T-2. Cal Baptist — 25 points
T-2. UC San Diego — 25 points
4. Concordia-Irvine — 18 points
5. McKendree — 9 points
Others receiving votes: Barton 2; King 1