Volleyball poll a bit puzzling

The NCAA Division II American Volleyball Coaches Association poll came out today like it always does on Mondays throughout the season. It is puzzling to say the least.

The University of Tampa (Fla.) remains No. 1 as it should.
But Cal State San Bernardino (7-1) dropped from No. 2 to No. 5 even though it won both matches this week by 3-0 sweeps. One of those wins was a three-game shellacking of Cal State Los Angeles which had been No. 17.
It is understandable for one team to leapfrog another if it posts a quality win, maybe one over a top 10 team but that wasn’t the case.
The teams leaping over Cal State were Minnesota-Duluth, which went from fourth to second with three wins, all over unranked teams. No powerhouses in that trio.
Southwest Minnesota State which went from fifth to third with two wins, one over No. 14 Minnesota State.
And Wayne State which beat two nothings, one 3-0 and 3-1.
With Cal State’s history and the entire team back from one that went to the national semifinal a year ago, the Coyotes did not deserve to drop without losing. Coach Kim Cherniss has to be laughing. She never reads much into the polls anyway. The Coyotes showing on the court will say it all.

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