USD new No. 1 in VBM Mid-Major Poll, Charleston, High Point make top 25

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San Diego, which avenged a previous West Coast Conference loss to BYU this past Saturday, has taken over the top spot in the VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll presented by the NIVC.

Not that it was a major shakeup, because was No. 2 last week and flip-flopped with BYU, which dropped one spot.

Nos. 3 through 9 stayed the same — Cal Poly, Creighton, Western Kentucky, Wichita State, Colorado State, Missouri State, Northern Iowa — while Hawai’i moved up a notch to No. 10.

VCU made a big jump, up five spots to No. 11. New this week are No. 24 College of Charleston and No. 25 High Point.

The VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll includes all teams not in the “power-five” conferences (ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12).

The National Invitational Volleyball Championship (Nov. 26-Dec. 12, 2017) will be an annual tournament involving 64 of the nation’s top women’s Division I Volleyball teams. All games, including the semifinals and championship, are hosted by participating schools. Every round is single elimination. The event offers 32 automatic berths, one to each established conference, and 32 at-large berths. The NIVC field and bracket is announced late on the evening of the NCAA Tournament selections. The NIVC is committed to offering deserved opportunities to women’s volleyball programs; the event offers teams an opportunity to get more practices in, to experience playoff-atmosphere games, to play in front of passionate fans and to use their NIVC success and experience as a springboard to the next season.
Rank School Points W/L Previous
1 San Diego 644 (21) 17-4  2
2 BYU 620(3) 21-2  1
3 Cal Poly 587 21-2  3
4 Creighton 568(1) 18-5  4
5 Western Kentucky 545(1) 25-2  5
6 Wichita State 526 20-3  6
7 Colorado State 506 22-2  7
8 Missouri State 473 20-5  8
9 Northern Iowa 410 21-6  9
10 Hawai’i 389 16-7 11
11 VCU 367 25-2 16
12 Marquette 354 17-7 13
13 Dayton 343 18-7 10
14 North Texas 298 22-2 15
15 UC Irvine 281 18-4 12
16 North Dakota 244 24-5 14
17 Austin Peay 218 23-4 17
18 SMU 198 16-7 18
19 Denver 179 17-5 19
20 Rice 115 19-6 21
21 Lipscomb 97 13-10 24
22 Kennesaw State 88 15-4 25
23 Miami (OH) 81 18-8 20
24 College of Charleston 70 22-4 NR
25 High Point 46 20-6 NR
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Sacramento State 34; Loyola Marymount 26; Butler 22; Radford 20; Central Arkansas 13; Portland State 8; Texas State 6; Bowling Green 2. 13 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 72 combined points.
Dropped Out: Sacramento State 23; Loyola Marymount 22
Previous polls: August 29September 5,  September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24
The pollsters: Kristin Belzung, Stony Brook; Keylor Chan, Samford; Dietre Collins-Parker, San Diego State; Dan Conners, UC Davis; Steve Florio, Fort Wayne; Matt Ginipro, Appalachian State; Greg Goral, Campbell; Kris Grunwald, Connecticut; Tom Hanna, Akron;  Tommy Harold, Nicholls State; Venessa Hackett Jacobs, Southern; Justin Ingram, UIC; Mike Jordan, New Mexico State; Frank Lavrisha, San Francisco; Steve Loeswick, North Florida; Don Metil, Towson; Kent Miller, Saint Louis; Anna Moreno Allison, Bucknell; Jennifer Petrie, San Diego; Kadie Platt, Houston; Mark Pryor, North Dakota; Dave Rehr, Arkansas State; Kari Thompson, Southern Illinois-Carbondale; Jennifer Weiss, Harvard; Arlisa Williams, Georgetown; Sam Wolinski, Eastern Illinois.

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About Triple Crown Sports: Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Triple Crown Sports has been producing events in youth athletics and the college ranks for more than 30 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and produces the men’s and women’s Cancun Challenge tournaments in November, which have been recognized by Sports Illustrated as a top-5 destination tournament for D-I basketball programs. Triple Crown is also rolling out a new “WNIT” concept in D-I volleyball (the NIVC), beginning in 2017, and launched a similar event in D-I softball (the National Invitational Softball Championships) in spring 2017. TCS youth fast-pitch tournaments (including the 900-team Sparkler/Fireworks event) draw the nation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend this TCS event and others for recruiting purposes.
Triple Crown also operates one of the top club volleyball events in the country, the TC Volleyball NIT, which hosts more than 400 of the top teams in the country and is played at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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