USC Remains No. 1 in October 21 Men's Top 20 Varsity Poll; Redlands & Navy Take Over Division III & CWPA Polls

USC Remains No. 1 in October 21 Men's Top 20 Varsity Poll; Redlands & Navy Take Over Division III & CWPA Polls

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The University of Southern California remains the No. 1 team in the nation according to the October 21 Men's Varsity Collegiate Top 20 Poll, although no longer a unanimous selection, while the University of Redlands and the United States Naval Academy ascended to the top position in the Division III and Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 10 Polls as the CWPA released the Week 7 National Polls.

Voted on by a panel of coaches and administrators from around the country during each week of the season and based on the cumulative results of each team, the Varsity Top 20, Division III Top 10 and Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 10 polls are released each Wednesday during the season until the Wednesday following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.

Men's Top 20 Varsity Poll

Another week, another No. 1 ranking for the University of Southern California as the Trojans picked up their fourth No. 1 placement of the season after previously rating first in the Preseason, September 9, September 16 and October 14 polls.

However, unlike last week in which the Trojans were the unanimous selection of the pollsters with 100 points, USC garnered 99 points this week falling one first place vote short of being the unquestioned top team in the country.

Overall, the first six teams in the poll remain the same from the October 14 ballot as the University of California, Stanford University, University of California-Los Angeles, Pepperdine University and Loyola Marymount University held onto their spots for another week.

The first change in the poll from last week comes at No. 7 as University of California-Irvine recorded victories over former No. 7 Long Beach State University (9-8 W OT) and No. 8 University of California-Santa Barbara (10-8 W) to move up two spots from No. 9 to take over LBSU's former ranking.  LBSU and UCSB remain in the Top 10 this week as the teams rate No. 8 and 9, respectively.

Concordia University (Calif.) and University of California-San Diego held on for another week at No. 10 and 11, while the United States Naval Academy went 3-0 with wins over No. 17 Princeton University (5-3 W), No. 18 Bucknell University (10-7 W) and No. 15 United States Air Force Academy (12-10 W) to move up one place to No. 12 after ranking 13th a week ago.

University of California-Davis also moved up a spot to take over No. 13 as University of the Pacific slipped two places in the wake of being idle since October 11.

The No. 15-19 slots in the poll saw no changes as Air Force, Santa Clara University, Princeton, Bucknell University and Saint Francis College (N.Y.) defended their berths in the Top 20. 

The final change in the poll comes at No. 20 as California Baptist University climbs back into the weekly selections following a 10-5 loss by former No. 20 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges to unranked Chapman University.  The loss drops Pomona-Pitzer into the "Others Receiving Votes" category joining Brown University, University of Redlands and Johns Hopkins University.


2009 Varsity Top 20 (October 21 - Week 7)



Oct. 14 Poll


1  University of Southern California
1 99
2  University of California, Berkeley 2 95
3  Stanford University 3 91
4  University of California, Los Angeles 4 85
5  Pepperdine University 5 79
6  Loyola Marymount University 6 76
7  University of California, Irvine
9 70
8  Long Beach State University 7 65
9  University of California, Santa Barbara 8 62
10  Concordia University (Calif.)
10 53
11  University of California, San Diego
11 48
12  United States Naval Academy
13 47
13  University of California, Davis
14 38
14  University of the Pacific
12 36
15  United States Air Force Academy 15 30
16  Santa Clara University 16 29
17  Princeton University 17 19
18  Bucknell University
18 15
19  Saint Francis College (N.Y.)
19 12
20  California Baptist University
RV 3
 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
20 2
RV  Brown University NR 1
RV  University of Redlands NR 1
RV  Johns Hopkins University NR 1



Men's Division III Top 10 Varsity Poll 

For the second time in three weeks a new team takes over the No. 1 position in the Division III Top 10 Poll as the University of Redlands garnered 99 points to move up from No. 2 and rate as the best small college team in the country.

Redlands replaces Pomona-Pitzer Colleges which became the first Division III team besides Johns Hopkins University to rank No. 1 in the country since November 12, 2008 two weeks ago.  However, Pomona-Pitzer dropped a 10-5 game to Chapman University last week to end the Sagehens time as the nation's best.

Unlike last week in which the first six positions in the poll were unchanged, only three of the teams in the poll held onto their positions as No. 3 Whittier College, No. 9 Occidental College and No. 10 Washington & Jefferson College did not experience a change in position.

On the heels of their victory over Pomona-Pitzer, Chapman moves up to No. 2 this week, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, which was tied with Whittier at third in the October 14 balloting, slips back to No. 4.

Pomona-Pitzer drops back to No. 5, with Johns Hopkins University sliding to No. 6 and California Lutheran University rising to No. 7.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Occidental and Washington & Jefferson round out the Top 10.


2009 Division III Poll (October 21 - Week 7)

Rank Team Oct. 14 Poll Points
1  University of Redlands 2 99
2  Chapman University
6 90
3  Whittier College 3 (T) 88
4  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges 3 (T) 86
5  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
1 83
6  Johns Hopkins University
5 79
7  California Lutheran University 8 68
8  MIT
7 66
9  Occidental College
9 61
10  Washington & Jefferson College 10 55


Men's Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 10 Poll

The United States Naval Academy garnered 100 points to earn recognition as a unanimous selection and return to the top of the Collegiate Water Polo Association rankings for the first time since the September 30 poll.

Navy, which went 2-0 in Southern Division play with victories over Princeton University (5-3 W) and Bucknell University (10-7 W) last weekand in addition to a 12-10 win over the United States Air Force Academy (12-10 W), snaps a two-week run by the Tigers of Princeton as the No. 1 team in the league.

Between Princeton and Navy, the teams have combined to lead the league every week of the 2009 season as the No. 2 ranked Tigers rated No. 1 in the Preseason, September 9, October 7 and October 14 polls, while Navy has topped the standings on September 16, September 23, September 30 and October 21.

Bucknell University, Johns Hopkins University and Iona College round out the Top Five teams in the league, while Brown University, Fordham University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, George Washington University and Harvard University rank No. 6-10, respectively.


2009 CWPA Poll (October 21 - Week 7)



Oct. 14 Poll


1  United States Naval Academy
2 100
2  Princeton University
1 94
3  Bucknell University 3 91
4  Johns Hopkins University
4 85
5  Iona College
5 (T) 80
6  Brown University 5 (T) 75
7  Fordham University 8 69
8  MIT 7 66
9  George Washington Univ. 9 47
10  Harvard University
10 35
RV  Mercyhurst College RV 22
RV  Queens College NR 11


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