Long Beach State Rises to #2 in Latest AVCA Polls

  0 Braden Keith | February 08th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, Conference Carolinas, EIVA, Independents, MIVA, MPSF, News

The latest AVCA Division I-II Coaches’ Poll is out, and while there was movement at the top, the shift was of little surprise.

Remaining at the top, with a unanimous 24 1st-place votes, are the defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes – the only undefeated Division I-II team left in the country.

Behind them is a stack of MPSF teams in the 2-5 positions. The conference leaders Long Beach State, at 9-2, just out-edged BYU (with the same record) for the 2 seed. Both teams moved up a spot to jump UCLA, who slid to 4th in the current polls after losing both of their weekend games to BYU (3-2, 3-0).

While normally, sweeping a series against the #2 team would be enough to bump the Cougars up to that same position, the pollsters seem to have mitigated the results based upon the injuries to 2 of UCLA’s starters – Jake Arnitz and Mitch Stahl. The pair missed both of the games.

Hawaii holds tight at 5th in the latest polls, while the biggest movers are Lewis University. They put up perfect 3-0 sweeps against conference rivals Quincy and Lindenwood last week, but their biggest challenge yet this season comes on Thursday to rise from #8 to #6. That’s when Lewis travels to Columbus, Ohio to take on the number-one team in the land the Ohio State Buckeyes – who enter the game on a school record 34-game winning streak that stretches now a full calendar year.

No new teams entered (or left) the top 15 from last week’s polls.

Current top 15:

1 Ohio State (24) 360 11-0 1
2 Long Beach State 322 9-2 3
3 BYU 318 9-2 4
4 UCLA 292 9-3 2
5 Hawaii 268 10-2 5
6 Lewis 226 8-2 8
7 UC Irvine 201 8-4 6
8 Stanford 174 6-4 7
9 Pepperdine 172 4-3 9
10 Loyola-Chicago 158 6-3 10
11 Ball State 110 9-2 12
12 UC Santa Barbara 94 6-5 11
13 CSUN 90 9-3 14
14 Penn State 63 6-4 13
15 George Mason 25 4-4 15

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Southern California 3; Grand Canyon 2.

Two teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of two combined points.


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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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