ARLINGTON, Va. - After achieving the program's first-ever top five national ranking back on February 6, the Marymount men's volleyball team received its highest-ever ranking in the program's five-year history on Tuesday as the Saints were ranked at No. 4 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Men's Coaches Poll.
Marymount (13-4, 4-1 CVC) spent two weeks at No. 5 after being ranked as high as No. 8 a year ago. Three of the team's four losses this season have come on the road to No. 2 Carthage, No. 3 Stevens and No. 8 Southern Virginia. By comparison, the Saints have totaled four top-10 victories this season over No. 3 SUNY New Paltz, No. 4 UC Santa Cruz, No. 6 Kean and No. 8 Juniata.
Marymount is one of four teams from the CVC ranked in this week's poll. Kean is at No. 7, second-year program Southern Virginia makes the jump from not ranked to No. 8 and, after receiving votes all season, Eastern Mennonite rounds out the poll at No. 15.
The Saints currently sit atop the CVC West Division standings ahead of Eastern Mennonite and Southern Virginia, both of whom have two conference losses. Marymount has two CVC crossover matches this weekend against the East Division when it travels to Ramapo and Cairn on Friday and Saturday.