Broncos start with No. 5 national ranking

Defending NCAA Division II champion Cal Poly Pomona is ranked fifth in The Sporting News Top 10 preseason poll released today.

The Broncos, who won their first national championship crown last season, finished the 2010 season 28-6 overall and established 20 school records in the process. They defeated Indiana, Pa., in the title game played in Springfield, Mass. — the birthplace of the sport — and became the first unranked team to win the championship since North Alabama in 1979.

TSN ranks Findlay, the 2009 national champion, as its top 10. The following (in order) are: Bellarmine, Grand Valley State, Arkansas Tech, Broncos, Indiana, Pa., Seattle Pacific, West Liberty, Winona State and Bentley.

Senior forward Donnelle Booker was named a preseason Honorable Mention All-American. The San Bernardino native is on course to become the school’s all-time leading shot blocker, needing 26 blocks to break Terrel Davis’ record of 134.