Michigan State University Moves to No. 1 in Sept. 24 National Collegiate Club Poll
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Michigan State University garnered 99 points to move up to No. 1 in the September 24 Men's National Collegiate Club Poll released by the Collegiate Water Polo Assocaition. The ranking marks the first time since November 7, 2007 that the Spartans were No. 1 in the nation.
In a poll in which four teams outside the Top 20 a week ago moved into the poll, the Spartans jump came on the heels of a series of dramatic wins last week at the University of California-Davis Invitational.
Last week at UC-Davis, MSU downed No. 18 California State University-Chico State (17-5 W), No. 4 UC-Davis (11-10 W), No. 2 University of California-Los Angeles (12-11 W) and No. 3/former No. 1 California Polytechnic State University (12-11 W).
UCLA, which defeated Michigan State 15-11 during the same tournament to put the record at 1-1 between the Spartans and Bruins this year, jumped 13 spots to No. 2 this week after ranking 15th a week ago.
Cal Poly slipped back to third after ranking No. 1 from the preseason, while Florida International University and UC-Davis tied for fourth.
Arizona State University, Grand Valley State University, Miami University (Ohio), University of Arizona and University of Utah round out the Top 10.
The biggest movement of the week belongs to Pennsylvania State University which did not receive a vote last week, but garnered 42 points to tie the University of Pennsylvania for 11th place. The two Mid-Atlantic Division powers are coming off a 10-6 PSU victory last week.
The University of Florida and the University of Texas moved up from receiving votes to 13th and 14th, Indiana University slipped back to 15th, Boston College moved to 16th and the University of California-Berkeley fell to 17th.
California State University-Chico ranks 18th and the University of Southern California and Middlebury College round out the Top 20 with a tie for 19th place.
2008 Top 20 Club Poll (September 24)
September 17 Poll
|1||Michigan State University||2||99|
|2||University of California, Los Angeles||15||96|
|3||California Polytechnic State University||1||89|
|4 (T)||Florida International University||3||83|
|4 (T)||University of California, Davis||6||83|
|6||Arizona State University||8||71|
|7||Grand Valley State University||5||67|
|8||Miami University (Ohio)||4||58|
|9||University of Arizona||11||52|
|10||University of Utah||16 (T)||43|
|11 (T)||Pennsylvania State University||NR||42|
|11 (T)||University of Pennsylvania||7||43|
|13||University of Florida||RV||35|
|14||University of Texas||RV||32|
|17||University of California, Berkeley||14||23|
|18||California State University-Chico||NR||14|
|19 (T)||University of Southern California||10||13|
|19 (T)||Middlebury College||9||13|
|RV||University of Notre Dame||13||5|
|RV||University of Oregon||16 (T)||5|
|RV||University of Michigan||NR||5|
|RV||University of Washington||RV||3|
|RV||University of California, San Diego||20||1|