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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Texas-Tyler continues its reign at the top and the next six are also unanimously the same for a second straight week in the NFCA Division III Top 25 poll.

The (34-2) Patriots have been the No. 1 team all nine weeks of the poll this season following last year’s runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship and completed their latest undefeated week. Texas-Tyler’s only losses this season were in February to Belhaven, which is in its first year transitioning from NAIA to Division III.

Luther (29-1) is No. 2, Virginia Wesleyan (32-5) is fourth, Salisbury (31-4) is fifth and Birmingham-Southern (34-6) is sixth for a second straight week, while Texas Lutheran (37-2) continues in the third spot for a fourth consecutive week and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is seventh for a third straight week.

Otterbein (25-3-1) and Wittenberg (23-4-1) surged into the Top 25 this week at 21st and 25th, respectively, while perennial poll fixture Central (Iowa) dropped out, along with Heidelberg, Simpson, Wheaton (Ill.) and Whitworth.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Records through Sunday’s games are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – April 20, 2016

Rank Team 2016 Record Points Previous
1 Texas-Tyler (8) 34-2 200 1
2 Luther 29-1 192 2
3 Texas Lutheran 37-2 184 3
4 Virginia Wesleyan 32-5 176 4
5 Salisbury 31-4 168 5
6 Birmingham-Southern 34-6 160 6
7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 26-6-1 152 7
8 Christopher Newport 32-5 144 9
9 Berry 32-6 130 11
10 Emory 36-4 118 10
11 Illinois Wesleyan 23-5 116 8
12 Alma 24-6 108 12
13 St. Thomas (Minn.) 26-4 102 15
14 East Texas Baptist 29-7 100 13
15 Rowan 25-7 86 14
16 Messiah 26-3 74 16
17 St. Catherine 23-4 69 17
18 Washington (Mo.) 32-8 66 18
19 Moravian 25-3 63 19
20 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 23-5 58 22
21 Otterbein 25-3-1 32 NR
22 Manhattanville 25-1 31 23
23 Ithaca 20-6 29 21
24 St. John Fisher 23-5 14 20
25 Wittenberg 23-4-1 10 NR

Others receiving votes: Wis.-Oshkosh 6, Wheaton (Ill.) 5, Cortland 5 and Williams 2.

Dropped out: Central (Iowa), Heidelberg, Simpson, Wheaton (Ill.) and Whitworth.

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