Lewis enters postseason unanimous No. 1 in Division II coaches poll

Lewis will end the regular season right now where it started in the first Division II poll of the year — the unanimous top-ranked team.

The Flyers received every first-place vote to finish atop the latest Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Division II National Coaches Poll that was released Tuesday.

Lewis maintained the No. 1 ranking throughout the entire regular season. It also enters the postseason on a five-match winning streak and the No. 2 seed in the MIVA Tournament.

Besides Lewis, the top-three teams in the coaches poll remain unchanged from last week. UC San Diego received two more votes than Cal Baptist to maintain the No. 2 ranking.

McKendree also jumped ahead of Concordia-Irvine to No. 4 in the new 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 was released on the Off the Block website every Tuesday during the regular season. The final poll of the season will be unveiled following the NCAA Tournament in May.

OFF THE BLOCK/SPRINGBAK, INC. DIVISION II NATIONAL COACHES POLL (Week 14)
1. Lewis — 35 (7) points
2. UC San Diego — 23 points
3. Cal Baptist — 21 points
4. McKendree — 11 points
5. Concordia-Irvine — 9 points
Others receiving votes: Barton 5; King 1