Benedictine Sixth, Dominican & MSOE RV in AVCA Men's Preseason Poll

Defending NACC champion Benedictine is ranked sixth in the NVA/AVCA Division III Men's Preseason Poll. Dominican and 2019 NACC Tournament champ MSOE also received votes.
Defending NACC champion Benedictine is ranked sixth in the NVA/AVCA Division III Men's Preseason Poll. Dominican and 2019 NACC Tournament champ MSOE also received votes.

LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Defending Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) champion Benedictine University begins the 2020 campaign ranked sixth nationally according to the NVA/AVCA Division III Men's Preseason Poll released Monday.

Dominican University and 2019 NACC Tournament champ Milwaukee School of Engineering also received votes.

The Eagles finished 22-3 overall last year, winning the NACC with a 14-2 mark - one game clear of both MSOE (21-8, 13-3 NACC) and Dominican (19-11, 13-3 NACC).

MSOE defeated Dominican, 3-1, in the NACC Tournament final to advance to the NCAA Division III Championship where they fell in four sets to Fontbonne University.

NVA/AVCA Division III Men's Preseason Coaches Poll: January 6, 2020

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2019 Final Record 2019 Final Rank
1 SUNY New Paltz (20) 368 28-7 1
2 Springfield (2) 331 27-3 2
3 Stevens (2) 324 28-6 4
4 Endicott (1) 270 26-7 5
5 Carthage 241 23-3 6
6 Benedictine (IL) 219 22-3 7
7 Southern Virginia 175 23-4 10
8 UC Santa Cruz 161 21-17 3
9 Rivier 153 26-8 9
10 Arcadia 109 26-11 NR
11 Wells 95 24-9 11
12 Elms 83 28-5 13
13 NYU 75 13-11 NR
14 Stevenson 61 30-4 8
15 Juniata 44 23-9 NR

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: California Lutheran 40; Kean 38; St John Fisher 35; Dominican 30; MSOE 30; Fontbonne 24; Lancaster Bible 21; North Central (IL) 15; Vassar 14; Wentworth 14; St. Joseph's (NY – Long Island) 11; MIT 6

Three teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 13 combined points.

Next Poll: January 21