Mocs Fourth in Latest NCAA D-II South Regional Rankings
INDIANAPOLIS - Thanks to a strong schedule this season, including eight wins over regionally ranked teams and a win over a Top 10 nationally ranked foe, Florida Southern is ranked fourth in this week's second NCAA Division II South Regional poll that was released by the NCAA D-II Women's Volleyball Committee on Wednesday afternoon.
The Moccasins, who have dropped four of its last six matches, including all three last week against Eckerd (0-3), Flagler (3-2) and 18th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic (1-3), are sporting a 19-8 overall record, an 18-8 mark in D-II matches and is 13-8 against in-region opponents. The Mocs are one seven Sunshine State Conference teams ranked in this week's second regional poll.
At the end of the season, the top eight teams from each region will receive bids to the 64-team NCAA D-II Volleyball Tournament. Each conference represented in a region has an automatic bid, which goes to their conference champion. The regional rankings will be released every week until late November. Only matches played against NCAA D-II institutions are considered by the committee.
FSC is in the South Region and the region is comprised of schools from the SSC, Gulf South (GSC) and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), along with several Division II independents.
Entering its two SSC matches this weekend at Rollins and at No. 2 ranked Tampa, the Mocs have posted a 6-6 record this season against teams ranked in this week's South Region poll as they are 5-4 against the six other SSC schools ranked, are 1-1against the two GSC schools ranked and 0-1 against Palm Beach Atlantic. In addition, the Mocs have also posted wins over West Texas A&M, who is ranked second in the South Central Region, Metro State, who is sixth in the South Central Region and Anderson, who is fourth in the Southeast Region.
Tampa continues to sit atop the South Regional rankings as the Spartans are 25-1 in D-II matches and 20-0 in-region. UT, who is ranked No. 2 in this week's latest AVCA D-II Coaches' Poll, is followed by Palm Beach Atlantic (24-3 D-II, 25-3 in-region), who is an independent and ranked 19th in the latest AVCA Coaches' Poll, at No. 2 and Eckerd (16-9 D-II, 11-7 in-region), who swept both of its matches this season with FSC, is ranked third.
Following FSC in the rankings is Saint Leo (17-9 D-II, 11-6 in-region), who split its two matches this season with FSC, is at No. 5, while Rollins (20-6 D-II, 16-6 in-region), who lost the Mocs in four sets in Lakeland on Oct. 26, is at No. 6 and West Florida (22-7 D-II, 17-4 in-region), who defeated the Mocs in four sets at the UWF South Region Crossover on Oct. 19 and is 21st in the latest AVCA Coaches' Poll, is ranked seventh.
The final three teams in this week's rankings are Florida Tech (13-11 D-II, 7-10 in-region) at No. 8, Lynn (17-13 D-II, 11-11 in-region), who the Mocs swept two matches from this season, is No. 9 and Valdosta State (18-11 D-II, 16-11 in-region), who lost to the Mocs in four sets at the UWF South Region Crossover on Oct. 18, rounds out the rankings at No. 10.
The Mocs, who are playing their final six matches of the season on the road, continue its road swing on Friday with a 7 p.m. match in Winter Park against Rollins, before traveling to Tampa for a 4 p.m. match on Saturday against the No. 2 ranked Spartans. The Mocs defeated Rollins in four sets in Lakeland on Oct. 26 and fell in three sets at home to UT on Oct. 25.
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