The first Collegiate Top 5 Poll is out and it features some familiar teams and a few surprises. To know one’s surprise defending national champions, Army, are a unanimous first choice selection. They are undefeated in collegiate matches with victories over North Carolina in the American Classic Tourney and over Air Force in the annual Commander-In-Chief Trophy match. North Carolina is ranked 2nd and voters likely awarded them that ranking based on their winning the Buckeye Fall Classic last weekend at Ohio St. Air Force is ranked 3rd with their only match so far this year being a 45-32 loss vs Army.
The surprise team is West Virginia which is an entirely brand new program mostly composed of Kuwait expats studying Petroleum Engineering. This past summer they easily defeated Ohio St in an exhibition match and they are off to a good start in the Northeast Team Handball League 2nd Division West with a 2-0-0 record. Rounding out the Top 5 is the aforementioned Ohio St which took 2nd place this past weekend at the Fall Buckeye Classic/