Key weekend loss sends Tampa out of top five in AVCA Coaches' Poll
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Following a week where it went 4-1 against South Region opponents, Tampa is now No. 6 in the latest AVCA Coaches' Poll.
The Spartans were previously No. 2, but fell following a four-set loss to then-No. 22 West Florida.
Southwest Minnesota State is the top-ranked team for a consecutive week, followed by Concordia-St. Paul, Washburn, Nebraska-Kearney and Minnesota-Duluth. Southwest Minnesota State received 28 of the the 32 first-place votes with three going to Concordia and one to No. 8 BYU-Hawaii.
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The Spartans represent the only Sunshine State Conference program ranked in the top 25. NCAA South Region foe West Florida comes in at No. 20 and Palm Beach Atlantic is receiving votes.
Head coach Chris Catanach has coached his Spartan squad to 225 consecutive weeks in the top 25, marking the second-longest active streak.
Tampa is now 19-3 on the season and the lone undefeated team in SSC play at 8-0. After recording the program's 1,000 win on Oct. 10 at Eckerd, Catanach is now approaching his 900th career victory.
Danielle Selkridge is now the national leader in hitting percentage at .472 and Kahley Patrick is 24th in assists per set at 10.57. Meagan Burke is 18th in hitting percentage with a .373 clip.
As a team, the Spartans rank among national leaders in several categories. Catanach's squad is 16th in assists per set (13.12), 13th in blocks per set (2.46), third in hitting percentage (.302) and 11th in kills per set (14.36).