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NCAA water polo rankings, Week 5: UCSB jumps up to No. 2, Cal drops to No. 7

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UCSB make a huge jump to the No. 2 spot. For more on The Skip Shot

Kenneth Song

Not to brag, but I pretty much nailed what the top 10 would be in the Week 5 CWPA poll. For the first time this year, there was a major shakeup within the top 10 and in fact nine of the top 10 spots have new teams, with only the USC Trojans staying at their No. 1 spot for the fifth straight week.

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos made the biggest move by shooting up four spots to land at the second spot after defeating the Stanford Cardinal and UCLA Bruins at the SoCal tournament which they hosted last weekend.

The California Golden Bears had the biggest drop as they fell from No. 3 to No. 7 after losing to UC Irvine Anteaters and the Pacific Tigers.

There was also a good amount of movement in the second half of the top 20 with St. Francis moving up from No. 19 to No. 15 after wins over UC Davis and the Princeton Tigers. UC Davis then fell from No. 12 to No. 17.

Here is the Week 5 CWPA polls:

Rank Team September 26 Poll Points
1 University of Southern California
1 100
2 University of California-Santa Barbara
6 94
3 University of California-Los Angeles 2 92
4 University of California-Irvine
5 84
5 Stanford University
3 82
6 University of the Pacific
8 75
7 University of California
4 71
8 Pepperdine University
7 65
9 Loyola Marymount University
10 60
10 Long Beach State University
9 55
11 University of California-San Diego
11 50
12 Brown University
13 43
13 United States Air Force Academy
14 37
14 United States Naval Academy
15 34
15 St. Francis College
19 30
16 Princeton University
16 26
17 University of California-Davis 12 25
18 Santa Clara University
17 13
19 California Baptist University
18 11
20 Concordia University (Calif.)
20
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