Wednesday, October 24, 2007

In the Polls

It's once again time for the weekly poll roundup to see how NCAC teams rank across the region and on the national landscape:

Women's Cross Country: Allegheny is fifth in the Mideast Region. In the Great Lakes, Ohio Wesleyan is fifth, followed by Oberlin in sixth, Kenyon in seventh and Denison in ninth. The national poll was not yet available.

UPDATE: Ohio Wesleyan is 31st in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national Division III poll.

Men's Cross Country: Allegheny dropped one spot to 12th in the U.s. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III poll. The Gators remain second in the Mideast Region. Wabash is 10th in the Great Lakes Region.

Football: Wabash is moved into ninth in the latest AFCA poll and 13th in the Top 25. Wittenberg received votes in both polls. Individually, Wabash senior Jared Lange was named to the Team of the Week after his 4.5 tackles for losses helped the Little Giant defense hold Oberlin to 14 points -- 18 points under its points-per-game average coming in. He recorded seven tackles (four solo) on the day.

Women's Soccer: Wittenberg is ranked 12th and Denison 21st in the national NSCAA/adidas poll. The Tigers are tops in the Great Lakes Region, followed by the Big Red in third (tie) and Ohio Wesleyan in fifth. ranks Wittenberg 24th in their national Top 25. Denison received votes in the poll.

Men's Soccer: Wittenberg is ranked 21st in the national NSCAA/adidas poll. The Tigers are third in the Great Lakes Region, followed by Kenyon in fourth and Ohio Wesleyan in ninth. Wittenberg received votes in the national Top 25.

Volleyball: Wittenberg was the unanimous number one in the CSTV/AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 poll after receiving all 24 first-place votes. The Tigers are 29-0 and are the only undefeated team left in Division III. They are off to the best start in the program's history and have overtaken the NCAC record for wins in a season, which they previously held (18 in 2004 and 2005). Wittenberg has only dropped five games all season, and has won a school- and NCAC-record 53 straight games, including 17 straight 3-0 victories. The NCAA Division III record is 57 in a row, set earlier this season by Wisconsin-Oshkosh, while the all-division record is 105 by Florida in 2003. Wittenberg is one of just eight schools in the 15-year history of the AVCA poll to be ranked in the top spot.

Hiram rankes 22nd in the poll.

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