San Diego, BYU, Cal Poly finish atop final Mid-Major poll

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When it was all said and done, the top teams in the Mid-Major Poll simply didn’t lose as the regular season wound down.

Accordingly, in the final poll, the top 11 teams stayed the same, led by No. 1 San Diego, No. 2 BYU, No. 3 Cal Poly, No. 4 Wichita State and No. 5 Missouri State.

For that matter, the top 12 teams in the poll will all be playing in this week’s NCAA Tournament, including No. 6 Creighton, No. 7 Western Kentucky, No. 8 Colorado State, No. 9 Hawai’i, No. 10 VCU, No. 11 Northern Iowa and No. 12 Marquette.

Also in the NCAA Tournament are No. 15 Denver, No. 17 Kennesaw State, No. 18 North Dakota, No. 19 Austin Peay, No. 20 Miami (OH), No. 21 College of Charleston and High Point, which got back in this week at No. 25.

The NIVC got No. 13 North Texas, No. 16 UC Irvine, No. 22 SMU, No. 23 Sacramento State and No 24 Rice.

A big thanks from to this year’s poll voters, who got the information late on Sunday night all season long and turned their votes around for Monday.

The 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 32 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 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 allows teams 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 Total Points Adjusted First Place Votes Adjusted Win/Loss Record Previous Rank
1 San Diego 646 22 24-4 1
2 BYU 625 4 28-2 2
3 Cal Poly 594 0 26-2 3
4 Wichita St. 571 0 28-3 4
5 Missouri St. 532 0 28-5 5
6 Creighton 523 0 25-6 6
7 Western Kentucky 494 0 30-3 7
8 Colorado State 455 0 28-3 8
9 Hawai’i 428 0 20-7 9
10 VCU 409 0 30-2 10
11 Northern Iowa 393 0 26-8 11
12 Marquette 359 0 22-9 13
13 North Texas 352 0 28-3 12
14 Dayton 319 0 23-8 14
15 Denver 262 0 23-5 15
16 UC Irvine 234 0 21-7 16
17 Kennesaw State 223 0 21-4 17
18 North Dakota 199 0 30-7 18
19 Austin Peay 177 0 30-5 19
20 Miami (OH) 149 0 24-8 21
21 College of Charleston 121 0 27-5 22
22 SMU 90 0 21-10 20
23 Sacramento St. 73 0 26-9 23
24 Rice 51 0 21-8 24
25 High Point 40 0 24-7 NR
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Butler 30; Coastal Carolina 22; Radford 16; James Madison 15; Loyola Marymount 14; Texas State 11; Central Arkansas 7. There were four teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 16 combined points.
Dropped Out: Butler 25
Previous polls: August 29September 5,  September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14, November 21
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.


  1. This is the mid-major poll (whatever that means) but it is totally bogus! BYU split with San Diego, and shared the WCC title, but had a 28-2 overall record, compared to San Diego’s 24-4 record. BYU is ranked #7 in the overall National poll, with San Diego at #9. Pull your head out!


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