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ACVA 2012 final poll

The national semifinalists make up the top four teams in the final AVCA poll of the 2012 season. National champion St. Thomas was the unanimous No. 1 team followed by Calvin, Christopher Newport and Elmhurst. Wittenberg rounded out the top five.

Those were my top five teams as well, if in a slightly different order.

Other Central and Midwest teams in the final poll: No. 8 Washington-St. Louis; No. 14 Chicago; No. 15 Wartburg; No. 16 Wisconsin-Whitewater; No. 18 Saint Benedict; No. 22 Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Receiving votes: Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Big movers: St. Thomas rose seven spots after its national title. Cortland fell six spots to No. 23 after its loss in the regional semifinals. Clarkson, fresh off its national quarterfinal appearance, entered the top 25 for the first time in program history. Clarkson took the spot vacated by former No. 25 La Verne.

Some teams I think were ranked much too low (by four spots or more) in the end: Saint Benedict; maybe Randolph-Macon.

Teams that didn’t receive votes on more than one ballot but should have: Northwestern; Stevenson; Benedictine; Thomas More; maybe Springfield and Middlebury.

It’s actually laughable that Northwestern was not on more than one ballot. However, I’m happy that Richard Stockton finally received votes on more than one ballot.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

November 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

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  1. No love for Cornell. The team that gave St. Thomas its tightest game in the NCAA Tournament. The good news is most of the team is back next year with something to prove.


    November 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm

  2. I like Cornell, but I think the gripe line in the Central/Midwest regions forms behind Northwestern and Benedictine.

    -Ricky Nelson


    November 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

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