As February draws to a close there isn’t too much to report in terms of men’s volleyball rankings. After some significantly fluctuations earlier in the month, things have settled into a predictable pattern.
As of the Feb 7th rankings, USC remained on top of the heap at 6-0, and Stanford and UCLA stayed steady at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively. But few other teams held on to their spots. Mostly that was a good thing, in the case of Ohio State’s jump from No. 9 to No. 6 and Lewis’s jump from No. 16 to No. 14.
The following week UC Santa Barbara made quite a move, climbing all the way from No. 7 to No. 4. Meanwhile UCLA failed to hold on to their top 5 spot, falling from No. 5 to No. 7. USC, BYU and and Long Beach State all held on to their strong positions.
After the shifts over Valentine’s Day things have settled down into a routine. The top 5 didn’t change much at all, except for a 3-position drop by Long Beach State from No. 3 to No. 6. With that drop the top ranked teams became: USC, BYU, UC Santa Barbara, Stanford and Ohio State. And aside from two other position switches UC Irvine and UCLA (swapped the No. 7 and No. 8 spots) and Loyola-Chicago and UC San Diego (swapped the No. 12 and No. 13 spots), all the rankings stayed the same.
This week it’s more and more and more of the same. The only change in the entire top 15 NCAA Division 1 rankings comes at the No. 3 and 4 positions, where Stanford and UC Santa Barbara switched places.
Throughout the season USC hasn’t lost its number one ranking, and the Trojans have only dropped one match so far this season. But there is still a long way to go before the championships in May, and we’ve seen teams turn untouchable to ugly in the space of just a week.
Keep your eyes on Volleyball-Life for more NCAA men’s volleyball updates.
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