The undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes remained the unanimous #1 team in the NCAA in the latest AVCA rankings after receiving all 24 1st place votes. The Buckeyes had only ranked #1 in the AVCA polls 3 times in their history coming into the 2017 season (dating back to 1986). After winning last year’s NCAA title, however, they’ve now done so for 8 consecutive weeks going back to last season’s final ranking.
The top 3, in fact, remained identical, with Long Beach State at 2 and BYU at 3 – though Long Beach State’s margin over their conference rivals grew from 4 to 21 points. Mathematically, either 22 or 23 voters out of 24 chose LBSU as the #2 team in the country.
The first shakeup came as Hawaii used wins over UC San Diego and Cal Baptist to jump UCLA, who was 1-1 on the week. The 2nd-6th placed teams in the latest vote all represent the MPSF, thanks to Stanford jumping 2 spots to #6 after handing UCLA one of those wins.
For the second-straight week, the same 15 teams occupied the top 15, and aside from Stanford, no team’s rankings shifted by more than 1 position in the latest polls.
Full February 13th (After Week 6) Polls are Below:
|1||Ohio State (24)||360||13-0||1|
|2||Long Beach State||334||11-2||2|
|12||UC Santa Barbara||90||6-7||12|
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Grand Canyon 5; UC San Diego 5