Calling it fast is an
understatement.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Colorado Mesa is the unanimous No. 1 team in this week’s NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The undefeated Mavericks (34-0), who earned all 16 first-place votes for the first time this season, enter their sixth straight week atop the poll.

CMU was idle last week as its contests at Black Hills State were snowed out. The Mavericks return to action this week hosting third-place Regis in a four-game Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference series.

There was no movement in the top five. No. 2 North Georgia went 3-1 suffering its first Peach Belt defeat of the season against Young Harris. No. 3 Chico State was idle. The Wildcats (35-3) return to action with a pivotal California Collegiate Athletic Association series against No. 18 Sonoma State.

No. 4 Palm Beach Atlantic (27-3) had its 23-game winning streak snapped, but still took the Sunshine State Conference road series from Florida Southern. Fifth-ranked Southern Arkansas (36-4) defeated Arkansas-Monticello in a mid-week Great American Conference doubleheader.

Dixie State and Texas A&M University-Commerce flipped-flopped the No. 6 and 7 rankings. The Trailblazers (32-4) won six road games, while the Lions (32-4) split their Lone-Star Conference doubleheader with No. 13 West Texas A&M. Dixie State will face off against No. 13 California Baptist this weekend in a battle for first place in the PacWest Conference.

North Alabama (34-4) stayed at No. 8, while Angelo State moved up to No. 9 and Winona State dropped to No. 10. All three programs were undefeated on the week.

Continuing to climb in the polls is No. 12 Grand Valley State. The Lakers (23-5) have won 15 straight heading into this week. GVSU will be busy, playing five Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference twinbills over seven days.

Entering the poll for the first time this season are No. 19 Arkansas Tech (31-11) and No. 25 Illinois Springfield (27-10). University of Alabama in Huntsville returns to the top-25 at No. 22. No. 19 Harding, No. 20 Minnesota State and No. 23 Southern New Hampshire dropped out.

The 2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through April 8, 2018.

2018 NFCA Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll – April 11 (Week 8)

Rank

Team

Points

Record

Previous

1

Colorado Mesa (16)

400

34-0

1

2

North Georgia

380

43-2

2

3

Chico State

369

35-3

3

4

Palm Beach Atlantic

342

27-3

4

5

Southern Arkansas

338

36-4

5

6

Dixie State

311

32-4

7

7

Texas A&M Commerce

302

32-4

6

8

North Alabama

296

34-4

8

9

Angelo State

260

33-6

10

10

Winona State

256

28-4

9

11

Lenoir-Rhyne

233

36-5

12

12

Grand Valley State

226

23-5

15

13

West Texas A&M

199

30-6

13

14

California Baptist

194

26-5

17

15

Indianapolis

159

26-8

11

16

Tarleton State

145

37-7

18

17

West Florida

141

22-13

14

18

Sonoma State

80

24-13

25

19

Arkansas Tech

76

31-11

RV

20

Saint Leo

74

31-10

24

21

Augustana

67

26-8

16

22

UAH

52

26-10

RV

23

Queens (N.C.)

49

31-9

22

24

UC San Diego

43

23-10

21

25

Illinois Springfield

39

27-10

RV

 

New to Poll: No. 19 Arkansas Tech, No. 22 UAH, No. 25 Illinois Springfield

Dropped Out: No. 19 Harding, No. 20 Minnesota State, No. 23 Southern New Hampshire.

Receiving Votes: Merrimack (29), Harding (26), Valdosta State (20), Embry Riddle (16), Concordia Irvine (13), Southern New Hampshire (13), Anderson 9, Colorado Christian (7), Minnesota State (5), McKendree (3), West Virginia Wesleyan (3), Washburn (2).

The 2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regionals. Records reflect games played through April 8, 2018.

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