Jonathan Bates | Off the Block associate editor
For the first time in 2018, there is a new No. 2 ranked team in the latest Off the Block/Springbak Division II National Coaches Poll that was released Tuesday morning.
Concordia-Irvine moved up one spot to No. 2 following a victory against then-No. 2 UC San Diego in five games on Friday. The Eagles finished the week 1-2 losing to Division I schools UCLA and Pepperdine.
Concordia-Irvine received six of the 10 second-place votes in the media poll. The team continues its six-match home stand with conference matches Stanford and BYU this weekend.
No. 1 Lewis started MIVA play with sweeps against Lindenwood and Quincy at home this past weekend. In addition, Lewis travels to Ball State and Fort Wayne attempting to extended its eight-match winning streak.
UC San Diego dropped a spot to No. 3 in the poll after it lost to BYU in four games on Thursday and in five games at Concordia-Irvine. UC San Diego now will travel to Midwest for non-conference road matches against No. 4 McKendree and No. 5 Lindenwood.
McKendree started MIVA play last week forcing Fort Wayne to five games and upset Ball State in four games. Along with the home match against UC San Diego on Friday, McKendree plays hosts to Quincy on Monday
Rounding out the top five is Lindenwood, which was swept on the road by Lewis and Loyola this weekend. Lindenwood travels to Ohio State on Thursday and then plays host UC San Diego on Saturday.
Other teams receiving votes in the latest media poll were Charleston, Barton and King.
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.
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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 Coaches Poll
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Others receiving votes: Charleston 3, Barton 1; King 1