BYU moved into a tie with Western Kentucky atop this week’s VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll.
The Cougars, 24-3, improved to 13-2 in the West Coast Conference with wins last week over Gonzaga and Portland. WKU, last week’s sole No. 1, is 27-2 and beat North Texas in its only match last week to finish the Conference USA regular season 14-0.
Creighton continued to dominate the Big East and moved to No. 3 after a week in which the Bluejays improved to 22-6 overall, 14-0 in the conference, by beating Providence twice.
Hawai’i moved up to No. 4, as San Diego, which was upset by Portland, dropped two notches to No. 5.
Dayton of the Atlantic 10, the team with the best record in the nation at 27-1, remained No. 6, followed by Missouri State, Wichita State, Long Beach State and Marquette.
There were no giant leaps or big drops, but the poll welcomed two newcomers, Northern Illinois of the MAC at No. 23 and Cincinnati of the American Athletic Conference at No. 24.
|Rank||School||Total Points Adjusted||First Place Votes Adjusted||Win/Loss Record||Previous Rank|
|9||Long Beach State||166||0||18-9||10|
|25||UC Santa Barbara||14||0||17-10||24|
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: UCF 12, UT San Antonio 12, Florida Gulf Coast 8, Northern Arizona 5, Cleveland State 3.
5 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 23 combined points.
Dropped Out: UT San Antonio 23, Cleveland State 25.
The VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll includes all teams not in the “power-five” conferences, the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12.
— Dan Conners, UC Davis
— Brian Doyon, Montana
— Greg Goral, Campbell University
— Kris Grunwald, UConn
— Justin Ingram, Southern Illinois University
— Steve Loeswick, North Florida
— Kent Miller, Saint Louis University
— Coley Pawlikowski, Stony Brook
— Jennifer Petrie, University of San Diego
— Dave Rehr, Arkansas State University
The conferences from which the teams will come:
— America East
— American Athletic
— Atlantic Sun
— Atlantic 10
— Big East
— Big Sky
— Big South
— Big West
— Conference USA
— Horizon League
— Metro Atlantic
— Missouri Valley
— Mountain West
— Ohio Valley
— Sun Belt
— West Coast
— Western Athletic