MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Endicott men's volleyball program has been ranked No. 4 overall, while Elms comes in at the No. 12 spot, in the 2020 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Preseason Poll, as announced by the organization on Monday.
No. 4 is the highest ranking the Gulls have ever achieved in program history. Overall, Endicott has been nationally ranked 53 times in program history. The Gulls have been ranked inside the top-10 on 23 occasions and have been positioned as high as fifth overall prior to Monday.
The 2019 campaign (26-7 overall, 13-1 NECC) was a banner year for Endicott as the Gulls captured their sixth New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) title with a 3-1 road victory over then-No. 5 Elms on April 13.
Endicott followed up that win with an NCAA Tournament first round triumph against St. Joseph's (L.I.), 3-1, before the eventual NCAA Tournament champion, SUNY New Paltz, knocked off the Gulls in the quarterfinals by a 3-2 score.
Endicott's 26 wins in 2019 also ranks second-most in program history behind the 2010 campaign (28-8).
Elms finished with an overall record of 26-7 a season ago, going 13-1 in conference play to share the regular season crown with the Gulls.
The Blazers peaked at a program high No. 5 ranking in the AVCA National Poll in 2019.
Defending NCAA Division III national champion SUNY New Paltz topped the poll with 368 points behind 20 first place votes (FPV). Springfield (331, 2 FPV) and Stevens (324, 2 FPV) followed SUNY New Paltz on the poll in the next two spots, respectively, while Endicott checked in at fourth via 270 votes, which included receiving its first-ever first place vote.
Rounding out the top-10 were Carthage, Benedictine (Ill.), Southern Virginia, UC Santa Cruz, Rivier, and Arcadia.
ABOUT THE NECC
The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 15 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.
(Portions of this release courtesy of Endicott Sports Information)