Benedictine, MSOE Make Small Gains, Dominican Clings to Spot in AVCA Poll

Benedictine, MSOE Make Small Gains, Dominican Clings to Spot in AVCA Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- Benedictine University and Milwaukee School of Engineering both made small gains, while Dominican University clings to the final spot in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III Men's Volleyball Coaches Poll released Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

The Eagles (22-3, 14-2 NACC) gained a pair of spots to No. 6 overall, earning 224 points after closing out its regular season with four-set wins over Aurora and then-No. 12 MSOE to capture a second-straight NACC regular-season title. Ineligible for the NACC Tournament, Benedictine must play the waiting game this week in hopes of receiving one of the two true at-large berths for the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship. The Eagles were ranked third in last week's West Region rankings.

The Raiders (19-7, 13-3 NACC) moved up one spot from No. 12 to No. 11, accumulating 111 points after splitting a pair of matches last week. MSOE swept Concordia Chicago, 3-0, Friday night before the four-set loss to Benedictine in the regular-season finale, but still held on to the top seed for this week's NACC Tournament. The Raiders earned a first-round bye and will host the semifinals and final Friday and Saturday at Hotchkin Arena in Milwaukee. MSOE was sixth in last week's West Region rankings and will face either fourth-seeded Marian or fifth-seeded Lakeland in Friday's second semifinal.

The Stars (18-10, 13-3 NACC) slipped to No. 15 on 45 points after swapping spots with last week's No. 15 California Lutheran. Dominican made a late push for the NACC Tournament's No. 1 seed after sweeping Concordia Chicago and Marian to close out the regular season, but was forced to settle for the No. 2 seed and the other first-round bye. The Stars will face either third-seeded Aurora or sixth-seeded Concordia Wisconsin at 5 p.m. Friday in the early semifinal from Hotchkin Arena.

Carthage (22-1) remained atop the poll, but were joined at the top by previous No. 2 Springfield (25-2). Both teams are level on 349 points with the Red Men capturing 13 first-place votes to the Pride's 11.

AVCA DIVISION III MEN'S WEEK #12 
COACHES POLL: APRIL 9, 2019

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Points Record LW
T-1 Carthage (13) 349 22-1 1
T-1 Springfield (11) 349 25-2 2
3 Stevenson 310 29-3 3
4 Stevens 279 26-4 5
5 Elms 231 27-4 7
6 Benedictine (IL) 224 22-3 8
7 Kean 208 22-6 4
8 Southern Virginia 193 21-3 6
9 SUNY New Paltz 187 22-7 10
10 Lancaster Bible 164 25-4 9
11 MSOE 111 19-7 12
12 Endicott 85 23-6 11
13 Rivier 76 23-7 13
14 California Lutheran 46 14-9 15
15 Dominican 45 18-10 14

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: MIT 13; St. Joseph's College (NY) 5; NYU 4; UC Santa Cruz 3

Four teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of six combined points.

Next Poll: April 16