There is a tie at one of the top spots in the Division II national rankings for the second consecutive week.
Cal Baptist and UC San Diego remain deadlocked for No. 2 in the newest Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Division II National Coaches Poll that was released Tuesday.
The two MPSF schools each received 27 points in the coaches poll. This tie also comes a week before the two teams play each other in a conference match on March 14 at La Jolla, California.
Along with the tie for No. 2, there was no movement in the coaches poll this week.
Lewis remained the unanimous No. 1 ranked team in the Division II poll. In addition, the Flyers at No. 5 are the only Division II team ranked in the AVCA Division I-II coaches poll.
Concordia-Irvine also remained at No. 4, while McKendree narrowed the voting gap but received two fewer votes to stay at No. 5.
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.
OFF THE BLOCK/SPRINGBAK, INC. DIVISION II NATIONAL COACHES POLL (Week 9)
1. Lewis — 40 (8) points
T-2. Cal Baptist — 27 points
T-2. UC San Diego — 27 points
4. Concordia-Irvine — 13 points
5. McKendree — 11 points
Others receiving votes: Barton 2