Despite remaining undefeated on the season, South Carolina saw three first-place votes shaved off last week’s total and is just six points ahead of No. 2 Cal in the MCLA Division I New Balance Weekly Coaches Poll for the period ending Feb. 25.
The Gamecocks (7-0) rallied to defeat No. 7 Florida State (3-1) to stay perfect, but Cal (5-0) grabbed six extra first-place votes this week after downing No. 4 Chapman (3-1). The Bears trailed 14 points to South Carolina last week.
Cal Poly (6-0) jumps up two spots to grab the third chair while holding onto their one first-place ballot.
Chapman fell one spot from the previous week while Liberty (3-0) moved up one spot to No. 5.
Arizona (1-3) and Arizona State (0-5) departed the poll this week and were replaced by No. 22 Florida (5-2) and No. 24 Auburn (4-3).
In Division II, despite an idle week, Minn.-Duluth strengthened its top spot in the MCLA Division II New Balance Weekly Coaches Poll for the period ending Feb. 25.
The Bulldogs (3-0) snagged 19 of the 22 first-place votes submitted this week, moving 22 points clear of the second spot. Duluth won’t return to action until the weekend of March 7 when the square off with three ranked teams in Nashville.
Preseason No. 1 and defending national champion St. Thomas (2-1) sits tight at No. 2 while collecting a pair of first-place votes. The Tommies will also see its next action in Nashville.
Dayton (0-0) remains at No. 3 with one first-place vote and will finally get their season cooking this weekend when they head to Missouri for three games.
North Dakota (1-0) and College of Idaho (0-0) round out the top five spots.
MCLA New Balance Coaches Polls: Week 2
Others receiving votes for the 2020 MCLA Coaches Poll for Week 2: Texas (26), Southern Methodist (24), Arizona (17), Texas A&M (13), Pittsburgh (12), Tennessee (12), Northeastern (9), San Diego State (7), Colorado State (6), Arizona State (4), Simon Fraser (4), UC Santa Barbara (3), Stanford (2), Temple
|4||North Dakota State||489|
|5||College of Idaho||461|
|6||Grand Valley State||440|
|12||Florida Gulf Coast||263|
|17||UC San Diego||182|
|20||Cal State San Marcos||127|
|21||Central Conn. State||108|
Others receiving votes for the 2020 MCLA Coaches Poll for Week 2: San Diego (56), College of Charleston (41), Rice (26), Western Oregon (18), Wake Forest (15), Colorado Denver (13), UC Irvine (12), Stonehill (7), Washington-Mo. (6), Oklahoma State (3), Saint Mary’s (3), Claremont (2), Sierra Nevada (1).
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