D-I Poll: Gamecocks Hang On

ATLANTA – Despite remaining undefeated on the season, South Carolina saw three first-place votes shaved off last week’s total and is just six points ahead of No. 2 Cal in the MCLA Division I New Balance Weekly Coaches Poll for the period ending Feb. 25.

The Gamecocks (7-0) rallied to defeat No. 7 Florida State (3-1) to stay perfect, but Cal (5-0) grabbed six extra first-place votes this week after downing No. 4 Chapman (3-1). The Bears trailed 14 points to South Carolina last week.

Cal Poly (6-0) jumps up two spots to grab the third chair while holding onto their one first-place ballot.

Chapman fell one spot from the previous week while Liberty (3-0) moved up one spot to No. 5.

Arizona (1-3) and Arizona State (0-5) departed the poll this week and were replaced by No. 22 Florida (5-2) and No. 24 Auburn (4-3).

MCLA Division I New Balance Coaches Poll – Week 2

RANK TEAM POINTS 1st VOTES

1. South Carolina 565 14
2. California 559 8
3. Cal Poly 523 1
4. Chapman 504
5. Liberty 482
6. Georgia Tech 435
7. Florida State 428
8. Colorado 363
9. Brigham Young 357
10. Concordia-Irvine 346
11. USC 331
12. New Hampshire 294
13. Michigan State 274
14. Santa Clara 269
15. Connecticut 265
16. Virginia Tech 234
17. Utah Valley 226
18. Dominican 209
19. Boston College 173
20. Clemson 160
21. Oregon 152
22. Florida 57
23. Minnesota 52
24. Auburn 46
25. Grand Canyon 30

Others receiving votes: Texas (26), Southern Methodist (24), Arizona (17), Texas A&M (13), Pittsburgh (12), Tennessee (12), Northeastern (9), San Diego State (7), Colorado State (6), Arizona State (4), Simon Fraser (4), UC Santa Barbara (3), Stanford (2), Temple (2).

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