Barton, King earn share of No. 5 ranking in Division II coaches poll

There is a split decision for the final spot in the Division II national rankings.

Barton, King and McKendree all finished tied for No. 5 in the latest Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Division II National Coaches Poll that was released on Tuesday.

This is the first time there has been a three-way tie for a spot in the coaches poll.

Barton is on a six-match winning streak and earned its first spot in the national rankings since the beginning month of the season. King is also on a conference-best 11-match winning streak and similar to Barton, is within one match of first place in the Conference Carolinas.


Along with these two Conference Carolinas teams, McKendree maintained its No. 5 ranking for the sixth consecutive week.

Lewis continued to receive all but one first-place vote to stay atop the national rankings. In addition, UC San Diego, Concordia-Irvine and Cal Baptist round-out the top four of the coaches 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 — 44 (8) points
2. UC San Diego — 33 points
3. Concordia-Irvine — 30 (1) points
4. Cal Baptist — 19 points
T-5. Barton — 3 points
T-5. King — 3 points
T-5. McKendree — 3 points