Jonathan Bates | Associate Editor
Despite not receiving a single first-place vote, UCLA is the biggest riser in this week’s national media poll released on Tuesday morning.
The Bruins moved up two spots to No. 2 in this week’s poll.
UCLA ranks No. 2 nationally with 13.26 kills per game, led by reigning Off the Block Freshman of the Week, Ido David, who had 39 kills over the weekend.
The Bruins improved to 6-1 after sweeping the home-and-home series with UC Irvine last weekend. Before their much anticipated matchup with consensus No. 1 Long Beach State on Friday night, UCLA visits UC San Diego on Wednesday evening.
Long Beach garnered nine of the 12 place votes this week, after receiving just two in last week’s poll. Hawai’i received two first-place votes after receiving seven in last week’s poll.
The National Media Poll is the only rankings in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball solely determined by media members. The 10 teams receiving the most votes are ranked in the National Media Poll, while other schools earning votes but finishing outside of the top 10 are considered teams receiving votes.
A new national media poll is released every Tuesday during the regular season on Off the Block’s website.
Off the Block National Media Poll
|1||Long Beach State||6-1||117 (9)||1||—|
|8||UC Santa Barbara||5-3||44 (1)||9||+1|
Others receiving votes: Lincoln Memorial 5; BYU 4; Ohio State 1
Dropped out of rankings: None