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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the ninth-straight week, defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan, Texas Lutheran and Texas-Tyler are the top three teams in the NFCA Division III Top 25 rankings.

The top-ranked (45-2) Marlins dropped their Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament opener, 5-1 to Guilford in eight innings on Friday, before reeling off six straight victories on Saturday and Sunday to claim their third-consecutive ODAC crown, and 11th title overall.

No. 2 Texas Lutheran and third-ranked Texas-Tyler, meanwhile, kept steaming ahead. The (37-1) Bulldogs won their 30th consecutive game, en route to a fifth-straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title. Texas-Tyler (35-1) wrapped up the regular season with its 28th consecutive win to complete a three-game American Southwest Conference sweep of LeTourneau.

Idle Berry (36-4) and ODAC tournament participant Randolph-Macon (38-5) switched places this week to round out the top five, while St. John Fisher (27-7), St. Thomas (32-6), Christopher Newport (33-7), Linfield (35-8), Saint Mary’s (33-3) and Moravian (29-5) completed a consensus first 11 in the poll.

Elsewhere, No. 16 Calvin and No. 21 Otterbein went from receiving votes to spots in the Top 25, and previously-unranked Lake Forest and Ithaca returned this week in the 20th and 24th positions, respectively.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Current 2018 records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – May 2, 2018

Rank

Team

2018 Record

Points

Previous

1

Virginia Wesleyan (8)

45-2

200

1

2

Texas Lutheran

37-1

192

2

3

Texas-Tyler

35-1

184

3

4

Berry

36-4

176

5

5

Randolph-Macon

38-5

168

4

6

St. John Fisher

27-7

160

9

7

St. Thomas (Minn.)

32-6

152

7

8

Christopher Newport

33-7

144

8

9

Linfield

35-8

136

T10

10

Saint Mary’s (Ind.)

33-3

128

T10

11

Moravian

29-5

120

6

12

George Fox

35-9

102

15

13

Saint Benedict

32-6

96

20

14

East Texas Baptist

31-9

85

13

15

Tufts

28-7

83

21

16

Calvin

29-6

81

RV

17

Central (Iowa)

27-9

68

T16

18

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

29-6-1

55

19

19

College of New Jersey

29-6

53

25

20

Lake Forest

29-9

34

NR

21

Otterbein

30-8

32

RV

22

Williams

32-6

27

24

23

Rowan

28-10-1

24

18

24

Ithaca

25-8

23

NR

25

Amherst

26-5

22

12

Others receiving votes: Luther 14, Coe 12, Hope 10, Emory 7, Emory & Henry 6, Illinois Wesleyan 3, and Lynchburg 3.

Dropped out: Geneseo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Trine.

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