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IPFW volleyball earns votes in national coaches poll

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 12:01 am

For the second consecutive week, the IPFW men's volleyball team is receiving votes in the national coaches poll after it upset a nationally ranked team.

IPFW earned six votes to finish just outside the top 15 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association national coaches released Monday afternoon.

IPFW upset No. 8 Ohio State in five games on Saturday for the Mastodons' third victory against a nationally ranked team in March. The Mastodons' victory also snapped an 11-match losing streak against the Buckeyes dating back to 2007.

Of the 16 voters in the coaches poll, St. Francis coach Mike Rumbaugh ranked IPFW the highest at No. 14 on his ballot. In addition, four voters had IPFW at No. 15 on their ballots.

Despite receiving votes, one voter to not rank the Mastodons (10-9, 4-6 MIVA) on his ballot was IPFW coach Arnie Ball.

IPFW received three less votes from last week's poll in part because of its conference loss to Ball State on Thursday. Ball State following this win and its upset against Ohio State on Friday received 26 votes and moved to No. 15 -- its first time in the national rankings this season.

The Cardinals (14-5, 5-5 MIVA) received 26 votes to the final spot in the poll, 20 more votes than the Mastodons.

Four MIVA teams earned a spot in this week's coaches poll. Lewis (17-7, 9-2 MIVA) was the highest ranked team at No. 9, while Ohio State (15-5, 7-3 MIVA) following its two weekend losses dropped to No. 11.

IPFW will continue its four-match homestead with a non-conference match against against Pfeiffer at 7 p.m. Friday at the Gates Center.

AVCA Division I-II National Coaches Poll

1. BYU -- 255 (16) points

2. UC Irvine -- 238 points

3. Long Beach State -- 218 points

4. UCLA -- 195 points

5. Pepperdine -- 191 points

6. Stanford -- 176 points

7. Cal Baptist -- 124 points

8. UC Santa Barbara -- 119 points

9. Lewis -- 113 points

10. Cal State Northridge -- 107 points

11. Ohio State -- 92 points

12. Hawai'i -- 49 points

13. Penn State -- 48 points

14. Loyola -- 39 points

15. Ball State -- 26 points

Others receiving votes: USC 24; UC San Diego 11; IPFW 6; Pacific 5; George Mason 4