Stanford climbs to No. 6 in latest national media poll

One big upset win and the Stanford is on the rise in the national media poll.

The Cardinal jumped three spots to a season-high No. 6 ranking in the new Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Media Poll.


Stanford upset UCLA in five games on Thursday to end a two-match conference losing streak. In addition, Stanford rallied to beat UC Santa Barbara in five games on Saturday to remain tied for fourth place in the MPSF standings.

UCLA following its loss to Stanford dropped one spot to No. 5 in the new national rankings. Hawai’i, which extended its winning streak to seven matches this weekend, surpassed UCLA and moved to No. 4.

Along with these teams, Ohio State for the sixth consecutive weeks was the unanimous No. 1 ranked team. The NCAA champion Buckeyes are on a program-record 36 match winning streak and the only undefeated team left in the nation.

Long Beach State at No. 2 jumped one spot ahead BYU in 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 is a website that started in January 2011 and has become the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage. Springbak, Inc. is the official sponsor of the National Media 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.

OFF THE BLOCK/SPRINGBAK, INC. NATIONAL MEDIA POLL (Week 6)
1. Ohio State — 110 (11) points
2. Long Beach State — 94 points
3. BYU — 93 points
4. Hawai’i — 71 points
5. UCLA — 65 points
6. Stanford — 39 points
7. Lewis — 38 points
8. Loyola — 33 points
9. UC Irvine — 27 points
10. Pepperdine — 20 points
Others receiving votes: Ball State 9; UC San Diego 1