BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- For the first time in league history, the No. 1 team in the nation the week of the National Collegiate Club Championship is undecided as Michigan State University and California Polytechnic State University remain tied for the No. 1 spot in the November 12 Men's Collegiate Club Poll released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
The ranking marks the second week in a row that the top spot has been tied this year and marks the eighth week in a row Michigan State has been at No. 1. The Spartans, who took over the No. 1 ranking from Cal Poly on September 24, will look to capture their third National Collegiate Club Championship, following titles in 2000 and 2006, as the team earned the No. 2 spot in the tournament field after capturing the Big 10 title over the weekend.
Defending National Champion Cal Poly returned to the No. 1 ranking last week for the first time since September 17 as the Mustangs ranked first in the preseason, September 10 and 17 polls. The Pacific Coast Division champions, Cal Poly received the No. 1 spot in the National Collegiate Club tournament and will look to take its sixth National Collegiate Club title next weekend.
The No. 1 rankings could set up an interesting rematch of the 2007 finale as the Spartans and Mustangs met for the title last year at the University of Arizona with Cal Poly escaping with a 7-6 overtime victory against Michigan State.
Overall, the poll remains unchanged from the November 5 balloting as no teams played last week.
November 5 Poll
|1 (T)||Michigan State University||1 (T)||97|
|1 (T)||California Polytechnic State University||1 (T)||97|
|3||Arizona State University||3||88|
|4||University of Florida||4||81|
|5||University of Pennsylvania||5||80|
|6||Grand Valley State University||6||74|
|7||University of California, Los Angeles||7||65|
|9||University of Oregon||9||48|
|10||University of Colorado||10||46|
|11||University of Arizona||11||45|
|12||Florida International University||12||44|
|14||University of Utah||14||32|
|16||Texas A&M University||16||28|
|17||University of Illinois-Chicago||17||19|
|18||University of Minnesota||18||16|
|19||University of California, Santa Barbara||19||12|
|20||University of Michigan||20||11|
|RV||Georgia Institute of Technology||RV||10|
|RV||Pennsylvania State University||RV||9|
|RV||Miami University (Ohio)||RV||7|
|RV||University of Central Florida||RV||5|
|RV||University of California, Berkeley||RV||5|
|RV||California State University, Chico||RV||1|