Calvin gained five more first place votes in the AVCA Division III poll, upping its claim on the top spot to 59 of the 70 first place votes and 1735 points.
The Knights are No. 1 for the third straight week and stand at 10-0 after topping Illinois Wesleyan, DePauw and Rose-Hulman at the DePauw Tiger Invitational. The team is set for a Tuesday match against Chicago.
Colorado College picked up nine first place votes and remain at No. 2 for the second straight week after moving to 11-0. The Tigers swept Johnson & Wales and topped Covenant College twice (3-1, 3-0) at the Pikes Peak Challenge.
New to the poll on Week 3 were Wisconsin-Eau Claire (11-1), which checked in at No. 17, and Chicago (12-1), which popped in at No. 19.
The biggest jumper of the week was Juniata, which climbed from No. 13 to No. 7. The Eagles went 3-0 at the East-West Challenge in Claremont, California, best three ranked teams in No. 12 Washington (Mo.), No. 6 Emory and No. 15 Cal Lutheran.
Ohio Northern (9-3) moved up five spots from No. 20 to 15. The team swept No. 17 Hope (Mich.) and Mary Washington before falling to host No. 4 Wittenberg at the Wittenberg Fall Classic.
Ithaca (5-5) plummeted from No. 8 to 16 and Cal Lutheran (6-6) fell six spots from 15 to 21. The Bombers lost twice to Mary Washington and once to Hope at the Wittenberg Fall Classic, while the Regals fell to Washington (Mo.), Texas-Dallas and Juniata.
AVCA Division III Coaches Poll – Week 3 (Sept. 18, 2018)
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Total Points Adjusted||2018 Record||Previous Week|
|2||Colorado College (9)||1679||11-0||2|
|4||Johnson & Wales (R.I.)||1491||9-1||5|
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Carthage 140; Mary Hardin-Baylor 134; Texas-Dallas 118; Wisconsin-Whitewater 106; Chapman 72; Wesleyan (Conn.) 62; Southwestern (Texas) 53; Concordia (Wisc.) 48; Stevens 33; Carnegie-Mellon 28; Mary Washington 28; St. Thomas (Minn.) 28; Springfield 23; Wellesley 22; Millikin 21; Muhlenberg 19; La Verne 18; Marymount 17; Tufts 15; Augsburg 14; Wisconsin-La Crosse 12; Aurora 8; Coast Guard 4; St Olaf 3; Bowdoin 2
Ten teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 49 combined points.
Dropped Out: Carthage 19