The top four teams held their ground in the Week 2 Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 25 poll, led by #1 USC. There was some slight jockeying elsewhere in the top 10 with Hawaii and Arizona State swapping spots and Michigan moving up one place into a tie with Pacific.
#7 Hawaii topped #5 Arizona State 10-7 in both team’s lone match of the week in Honolulu on Saturday and accordingly, the Rainbow Wahine (4-0) have taken over the Sun Devils’ slot in the rankings, checking in at #5.
Michigan, ranked #9, was idle last week, but managed to move up into a tie for eighth with Pacific, which also had the week off after a Jan. 19 win over Fresno Pacific (20-6). The Wolverines (2-2) and Tigers (1-0) are both back at it on Week 3, heading to Palo Alto for the Stanford Invitational.
San Jose State (2-1) continued its ascent, climbing three more spots from #14 to #11. The Spartans (2-1), which were #20 in the preseason poll and moved up to #14 last week, have the week off after splitting with #11 Long Beach State (W 15-8) and #2 Stanford (L 19-4).
Fresno State (2-6) also moved up three spots, from #17 to #14 with a 1-3 showing at the Cal Cup, including an 11-9 upset win over then-#11 Long Beach State. The Bulldogs started the year among the vote getters and jumped into the poll at #17 a week ago.
LBSU was the biggest mover of the week, falling from #11 to #17 with an 0-4 showing at the Cal Cup to open its 2019 campaign. The 49ers fell to #2 Stanford (25-4) and #4 Cal (11-9) in addition to Fresno State (11-9) and San Jose State (15-8).
There were some minor shifts in the lower half of the poll, but no team moved more than a spot in either direction.
|Rank||Team||Points||Jan. 23, 2019|
|10||UC Santa Barbara||61||10|
|11||San Jose State||56||14|
|17||Long Beach State||36||11|
|21||UC San Diego||21||21|
|22||Cal State Northridge||16||23|
|23||San Diego State||12||22|
|RV||California State -East Bay||1||RV|