INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Despite a pair of road wins last week, the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team dropped one spot to No. 7 in Wednesday’s second version of the NCAA Division II West Region rankings.
With an 18-5 overall record against Div. II competition, the Seawolves are one of three Great Northwest Athletic Conference teams among the top 10 in the West, along with No. 1 Western Washington (21-3) and No. 6 Central Washington (18-5).
California Collegiate Athletic Association leaders Cal State San Bernardino (22-2), Cal State LA (19-3) and Cal Poly Pomona (20-3) are ranked 2-3-4, while Pacific West Conference program Azusa Pacific (18-6) jumped two spots, from No. 7 to No. 5.
At No. 8, Chaminade (20-4) would claim the last playoff berth if the season ended today.
The GNAC and Pac West regular-season champions and CCAA Tournament champion receive automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament, along with the next five highest ranked teams at the conclusion of the season. The final regional poll will be released Nov. 7, leading to the announcement of the national playoff field on Nov. 11.
Currently third in the GNAC with a 12-4 mark, the Seawolves host their home finales this week at the Alaska Airlines Center, taking on Seattle Pacific on Thursday and Saint Martin’s on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m., with tickets available at AlaskaAirlinesCenter.com.
NCAA Div. II West Region Volleyball Rankings
Oct. 31, 2018
Rk Team vs West vs DII Conf.
1 Western Washington 20-1 21-3 GNAC
2 Cal State San Bernardino 22-2 22-2 CCAA
3 Cal State LA 19-3 20-3 CCAA
4 Cal Poly Pomona 20-3 21-3 CCAA
5 Azusa Pacific 18-6 19-6 PWC
6 Central Washington 18-5 18-5 GNAC
7 Alaska Anchorage 16-5 18-5 GNAC
8 Chaminade 20-4 20-4 PWC
9 Point Loma 16-7 16-8 PWC
10 Cal State East Bay 12-10 13-11 CCAA