Despite going 1-3 to open their 2018 campaign, the Lewis Flyers took the Off the Block/Springbak Division II National Coaches Poll that was released Wednesday. Three of Lewis’ four matches were against teams currently ranked the top 6 of the AVCA Coaches Poll.
UCSD garnered the second spot, on the strength of besting two other Division II teams at the Wooden Classic at UCLA two weekends ago.
Lindenwood garnered the third spot after winning the Off the Block Grow the Game Challenge presented by MotorMVB. The Lions went 3-0 in the Challenge against fellow Division II programs, Erskine, North Greenville, and Barton (a 2017 NCAA Tournament team).
Rounding out the Top 5 are McKendree and King. Also receiving votes were Concordia-Irvine, Barton, Charleston, Mount Olive, and Quincy.
This is the second 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 2)
1. Lewis — 30 (6) points
2. UCSD — 27 points
3. Lindenwood — 17 (1) points
4. McKendree — 8 points
5. King — 7 points
Others receiving votes: Concordia-Irvine 6, Barton 4, Charleston 4, Mount Olive 1, Quincy 1