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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two-time defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan University reclaimed the top spot in the NFCA Division III Top 25 this week after spending two weeks at No. 2.

The (29-2) Marlins went 4-0 last week, and then swept Eastern Mennonite on Tuesday, to move back into the No. 1 position they had held for 25 straight weeks — a total of 720 days — before a doubleheader split with Christopher Newport on March 24 dropped them to second place behind the (23-3) Captains.

East Texas Baptist (30-1), meanwhile, also went 4-0 last week to extend its win streak to 10 and vault into the No. 2 spot, ahead of Christopher Newport, who won five games, but split with the same Randolph-Macon team that had already defeated Virginia Wesleyan and fellow ranked squad Rowan earlier this season.

Poll newcomers Birmingham-Southern (won 13 straight), Brandeis (no losses, one tie), Baldwin Wallace (won six straight) and Southwestern (won 16 straight) all moved into the Top 25 after continuing their strong play, while Piedmont, Saint Benedict and Tufts tumbled out.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Current 2019 records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – April 10, 2019

Rank

Team

2019 Record

Points

Previous

1

Virginia Wesleyan (8)

29-2

200

2

2

East Texas Baptist

30-1

192

3

3

Christopher Newport

23-3

184

1

4

Illinois Wesleyan

17-4

176

4

5

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

24-5

168

9

6

Linfield

25-4-1

160

10

7

Williams

19-4

152

12

8

Coe

27-4

144

7

9

Trine

19-3

136

11

10

Moravian

23-3

128

T14

11

St. Thomas (Minn.)

22-4

98

6

12

Rowan

18-6

95

T14

13

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

15-5

92

16

14

Ithaca

15-5-1

88

13

15

Texas Lutheran

21-7

78

5

16

Manhattanville

22-1

76

17

17

Luther

24-3

67

24

18

Birmingham-Southern

26-5

65

NR

19

Lynchburg

26-8

58

8

20

The College of New Jersey

19-5

55

RV

21

Brandeis

15-0-1

38

NR

22

Wisconsin-Eau Claire

14-3-1

36

23

23

Kean

22-5

24

18

24

Baldwin Wallace

25-3

23

NR

25

Southwestern

27-4

14

NR

Others receiving votes: Emory 13, Muskingum 11, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 10 and Geneseo 4.

Dropped out: Piedmont, Saint Benedict (Minn.) and Tufts.

* NOTE: Texas-Tyler is reclassifying to NCAA Division II, and Pfeiffer continues the process of going from Division II to Division III. Neither is eligible for the NCAA Division III Championship.

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