Lewis finishes season at No. 1 in Division II coaches poll

Lewis started the year as the No. 1 team in the Division II coaches poll and did not move the rest of the season.

The Flyers received all but one first-place vote to be ranked atop the season’s final Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Division II National Coaches Poll that was released Tuesday.

Lewis as the No. 1 ranked team throughout the entire regular season finished in second place in the MIVA and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals. In addition, it was the only Division II team to be ranked in the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Media Poll, which includes both NCAA Division I and Division II teams.

The top three of the coaches poll remained unchanged from the end of the regular season.

UC San Diego edged Cal Baptist by two points to earn the No. 2 ranking. In addition, the No. 3 ranking for Cal Baptist comes days after the school announced it would discontinue its men’s volleyball program.

The Conference Carolinas champions Barton along with McKendree round-out the coaches poll. Barton, which was the only Division II team to reach the NCAA Tournament, is making its first appearance in the poll since March.

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. This final poll of the season was unveiled following the NCAA Tournament.

OFF THE BLOCK/SPRINGBAK, INC. DIVISION II NATIONAL COACHES POLL (2017 Final)
1. Lewis — 40 (8) points
2. UC San Diego — 23 points
3. Cal Baptist — 21 points
4. Barton — 19 (1) points
5. McKendree — 11 points
Others receiving votes: Concordia-Irvine 10; King 1