SVSU No. 11, GVSU No. 21 in NFCA Coaches Poll

SVSU No. 11, GVSU No. 21 in NFCA Coaches Poll

STARKVILLE, Miss. – After starting the season 8-0, Alabama-Huntsville has been tabbed as the No. 1 team in the nation, according to the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 poll that was released by the Association on Wednesday.

The Chargers received 14 of 16 first-place votes in the poll and finished 18 points ahead of North Georgia. The Saints (9-1) also received a first-place vote and, like Alabama-Huntsville, moved up one spot in the first regular-season poll from its position in the preseason rankings.

West Texas A&M used an 8-1 start to jump up two spots to third, while Cal State Chico, which also received a first-place vote, (9-2) shot up 11 spots, from 15th to fourth.  Valdosta State (7-2) also moved up one spot this week to round out the top five in fifth.

Six teams fell out of favor with the voters this week, leaving six spots open for teams to make their 2012 debut in the rankings.  No. 12 Arkansas Monticello (2-3), No. 13 Minnesota St. Mankato (2-3), No. 20 Midwestern State (7-4), No. 22 West Virginia Wesleyan (0-0), No. 24 Colorado Mines (3-8) and No. 25 Merrimack (0-0) all exited the poll this week after the first three weeks of play.

Leading the way for teams new to the rankings were Cal State Monterey Bay (11-3) and Indianapolis (4-0) who soared to the middle of the pack and tied at No. 13.  Also making their debuts this week were Barry (11-2) at No. 15, Cal State Dominguez Hills (13-2) at No. 20, Winona State (4-1) at No. 23 and Flagler (11-2) at No. 25.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Current 2012 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll

Rank

Team

2012 Record

Totals

Previous Ranking

1

Ala.-Huntsville (14)

8-0

398

2

2

North Georgia (1)

9-1

380

3

3

West Texas A&M

8-1

359

5

4

Cal State Chico (1)

9-2

317

15

5

Valdosta St.

7-2

304

6

6

Indiana (PA)

0-0

269

7

7

Augustana (SD)

4-1

267

8

8

Angelo St.

8-2

252

16

9

C.W. Post

0-0

221

10

10

UC San Diego

9-5

205

1

11

Saginaw Valley St.

0-0

190

4

12

Armstrong Atlantic

11-2

183

21

13

Cal St. Mont. Bay

11-3

179

NR

13

Indianapolis

4-0

179

RV

15

Barry

11-2

158

RV

16

Rollins

8-3

140

11

16

Bloomsburg

0-0

140

14

18

Lenoir-Rhyne

10-2

132

9

19

Missouri West. St.

9-2

126

23

20

Cal St. Dom. Hills

13-2

102

NR

21

Grand Valley St.

0-0

100

18

22

Hawai‘i Pacific

6-0

91

17

23

Winona St.

4-1

90

RV

24

Tampa

9-3

84

19

25

Flagler

11-2

62

RV

 

Dropped Out: No. 12 Arkansas-Monticello, No. 13 Minnesota St. Mankato, No. 20 Midwestern St., No. 22 West Virginia Wesleyan, No. 24 Colorado Mines, No. 25 Merrimack

Others Receiving Votes: Midwestern St. 45, West Virginia Wesleyan 45, Abilene Christian 40, Merrimack 33, Arkansas-Monticello 27, Minnesota St. Mankato 25, Kutztown 12, Minnesota Duluth 11, Dowling 8, Northern Kentucky 6, Sonoma St. 6, Francis Marion 5, Tiffin 5, Colorado Mines 4, Emporia St. 1

 
 
 
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