Hawai’i leaps Long Beach State for No. 1 spot in new RPI

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The only undefeated team in the nation is once again atop of the RPI.

Hawai’i a week after dropping behind Long Beach State to No. 2 surpassed the 49ers to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the newest RPI rankings that the NCAA unveiled Monday.

The Rainbow Warriors extended their nation-best winning streak to 25 matches during the weekend as the team swept a two-match against UC Santa Barbara. In addition, Hawai’i will attempt to complete an undefeated regular season with a two-match road series versus Long Beach State this weekend.

The RPI is one of the criteria categories the selection committee uses to determine the NCAA Tournament field. A team’s RPI ranking is calculated using a mathematical formula that includes its winning percentage, strength of schedule and opponents’ strength of schedule.

Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA for the fourth straight week round-out the top five.

USC made one of the biggest jumps in the latest RPI. The Trojans jumped two spots to No. 6 following a five-game rivalry victory against the Bruins.

An updated RPI rankings will be released each Monday throughout the regular season and conference tournaments. The final RPI rankings before the seven-team NCAA Tournament will be unveiled on Selection Sunday, April 21.

RPI rankings (April 8)

1. Hawai’i
2. Long Beach State
3. Pepperdine
4. UC Santa Barbara
5. UCLA
6. USC
7. Lewis
8. UC Irvine
9. Stanford
10. Loyola
11. BYU
12. CSUN
13. Barton
14. King
15. Grand Canyon
16. Lincoln Memorial
17. Ball State
18. McKendree
19. Purdue Fort Wayne
20. George Mason
21. Belmont Abbey
22. Princeton
23. Penn State
24. Concordia-Irvine
25. UC San Diego
26. St. Francis
27. North Greenville
28. Ohio State
29. Mount Olive
30. Lindenwood
31. Limestone
32. Queens
33. NJIT
34. Harvard
35. Quincy
36. Erskine
37. Emmanuel
38. Charleston
39. Coker
40. Sacred Heart
41. Lees-McRae
42. Daemen
43. Alderson Broaddus