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2018 AVCA final poll: Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Aurora move into top 6

National champion Emory was not the unanimous top-ranked team in the final AVCA poll of the 2018 season. The Eagles got 69 top votes while runner-up Calvin got one and finished second in the poll. I love it.

Rounding out the top five were No. 3 Juniata, No. 4 Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Wittenberg. Aurora, ranked for just the second time, was sixth in the final poll. Aurora’s only previous poll appearance was a No. 25 ranking in 2017.

Other Central and Midwest region teams in the final 2018 poll: No. 10 Illinois Wesleyan; No. 13 Chicago; No. 15 Washington-St. Louis; No. 18 Gustavus Adolphus; No. 19 Wisconsin-Whitewater; No. 23 Saint Benedict.

Illinois Wesleyan matched its highest ever ranking. Chicago achieved its highest ever poll position earlier this season when it reached No. 8 for two straight weeks.

Central and Midwest region teams receiving votes in the final poll: Minnesota Morris; St. Thomas.

My final top 10 of the 2018 season had Chicago instead of Colorado College.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

November 20, 2018 at 10:37 pm

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  1. Hmmm, is there such a thing as voter malpractice? The one who voted Calvin #1 should be relieved of their duty. I’ve also noticed (over the past few years) Juniata getting a single first place vote from unworthy rank positions, so personal biases can show up in indefensible ways.


    November 21, 2018 at 6:57 pm

  2. The final poll always goes a little(lot?) sideways. People tend to relax and just let it go since it is the end. You always have the “Elite 8” block that just votes the quarter-finalists 1-8. And of course this is your last chance to, sneak in/raise the value of, schools on your 2019 schedule😉!


    November 22, 2018 at 5:51 am

  3. Coach Bambi Hawkins of Penn College of Technology was the lone dissenting voter according to the NCAA DIII Polling Ballot Records. Her final Top 5 in order are: Calvin, Wittenberg, Colorado College, Johnson & Wales, and Emory. Calvin was her #1 from Week 2 through Week 11. She ranked Emory ranging from 5 to 12 from Week 2 through Week 11, and she did not rank Emory in the Top 25 in Week 1. She only missed voting in Week 5. Judging from her week-to-week voting record, her rankings appear thoughtful, sincere and without any discernable bias. She clearly de-emphasizes NCAA post-season competition results, while schools like Emory work all year in preparation to play their best in their conference tournament and the NCAAs. That might be the disconnect. Her Penn College Wildcats went 1-24 in 2018, and I could not find past records in NCAA Stats. Coach Hawkins apparently coached Penn College from 2000-2012 and returned in 2017. It is worthy to note that coaching the VB program is not her primary job at the school according to her Bio, and she did not coach against any top 25 programs. The snub likely will not impact Emory’s celebration.


    November 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm

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