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AVCA 2013 Week 2 poll: St. Ben’s cracks top 10

No. 1 Calvin (12-0) strengthened its place atop the D-III landscape by receiving 46 of 48 first-place votes in the Week 2 AVCA poll. Hope (12-0), Calvin’s conference rival, got one top vote and sits at No. 2. No. 4 Emory (10-1) snagged the remaining top vote despite getting swept at home by Cal Lutheran (10-1) last weekend.

Rounding out the top 10 are No. 3 St. Thomas and No. 5 Cal Lutheran, followed by Elmhurst, Mount Union, Juniata, Washington-St. Louis, and Saint Benedict.

Juniata returns to the top 10 for the first time since the 2012 Week 1 poll. Coming into this season, Juniata had been in 94 percent of the weekly top 10s in poll history. St. Ben’s is in the top 10 for the first time since 2009 and 16th time in poll history.

Other Central and Midwest teams in the Week 2 top 25: No. 14 Chicago; No. 19 UW-Whitewater; No. 21 Carthage; No. 24 UW-Stevens Point.

Central/Midwest team receiving votes this week: Augsburg; Nebraska Wesleyan; Wartburg; UW-Eau Claire; Cornell; Concordia-Moorhead; Edgewood.

This was another good poll in my opinion. Hard to believe Emory got a first-place vote, but that sort of thing will happen with 48 voters. Likewise, Cal Lutheran should be ahead of Emory for an obvious reason. Little things like that, but I’m on board. Hard to quibble when I agree with the top 10 teams, if only in a slightly different order. I give bonus points for voters recognizing UC Santa Cruz, Nebraska Wesleyan and others. Well done.

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

September 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm

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  1. Cal Lutheran’s sweep of Emory AT Emory was definitely lost on a number of voters. Quite easy to put Cal Lutheran ahead of Emory and then St. Thomas. There wasn’t much difference in play between Emory and Christopher Newport or Southwestern for that matter but they are a young team that can only improve.


    September 17, 2013 at 3:39 pm

  2. Agreed. It should have been rather easy to sort out CLU, Emory and UST. They’ve decided that order on the court. Head-to-head goes a long way with me. I have a hard time understanding why it doesn’t with everyone.

    Be as subjective — within reason — as you like, but some things are simply factual. Those facts should be reflected in the polls. If they’re not, what’s the point?

    -Ricky Nelson


    September 17, 2013 at 4:27 pm

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