VOLLEYBALL

Tampa Maintains Grip On No. 2 Spot In AVCA Poll

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Tampa volleyball team remains the No. 2 ranked squad in the nation, holding the same spot as last week in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NCAA Division II poll.

The 10-0 Spartans, who began the year as the No. 4 team in the AVCA preseason installment, are off to its best start since the 2006 national championship season that began with 17 straight wins.

Head coach Chris Catanach’s squad is coming off a pair of weekend victories to open Sunshine State Conference play. The Spartans went on the road and defeated Lynn and Barry by respective scores of 3-1 and 3-0.

Four-time defending national champions Concordia-St. Paul remains at the top-spot, netting all 32 first-place votes with a perfect 10-0 record. Cal State-San Bernardino is third as Nebraska-Kearney and Minnesota Duluth round out the top-five.

Tampa is the lone SSC and South Region school in the top-25, with future opponents North Alabama, Rollins, Florida Southern and Flagler each receiving votes.

Tampa hosts longtime rival Florida Southern College on Tuesday, before hosting a pair of SSC opponents this weekend in St. Leo and Eckerd.

Tampa has now been ranked for 207 straight weeks, which is the second-longest active streak to No. 8 Central Missouri. The Spartans have also been represented in the top-five for 18 consecutive releases.

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