The week nine AVCA Top 25 coaches poll is out, which you can find here.
Historic week for Colorado College and the SCAC as it is the first time the Tigers have been ranked number 1 and the first time the SCAC has placed any team in the top spot. With Wittenberg’s losses this week their reign as the top ranked team in the country ends after 6 weeks.
Colorado College earned 59 first place votes and garnered 1633 points to take over the top spot this week. Southwestern University moved up one spot and I guess you can say that it’s the first time the SCAC has ever had the top 2 teams in the rankings in the same week. Southwestern received 2 first place votes and 1549 points. Calvin moved in to the third spot with 3 first place votes and 1508 points. Wittenberg slides down to the 4th spot and somehow still retains a first place vote. Trinity (another SCAC team) stays in the 5th spot. Number 10 Johnson & Wales (RI) has the two other first place votes and this is where I would usually make fun of the New England voters but undefeated J&W is really good and has played a good out-of-conference schedule so kudos to them. Oh, and this is now the seventh week in a row that the SCAC has placed three teams in the top five. I predict that with tournament matches coming up this week that this will be the end of that streak in some form or fashion.
West Region teams in the poll are Colorado College (1), Southwestern (2), Trinity (5) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (6). Pacific Lutheran was dropped from the Top 25 after a one week appearance. In “Others receiving votes”, we have Pacific Lutheran (81 points), UMHB (39), La Verne (34), UTD (28) and Cal Lutheran (6).
In case you missed it, I have a post that previews the three conference tournaments in the West Region, which you can access here.