The first Team Handball News Collegiate Top 5 Poll of the 2019-20 season is out and, no surprise, Army- West Point is the unanimous #1 selection. The defending national champions are undefeated and have double digit victories over 3rd ranked West Virginia (31-18) and 4th ranked Air Force (40-28)
Last season’s 2nd place college club, North Carolina, is also undefeated, having racked up 6 wins on the way to winning the Tar Heel Invitational in October. Wins included victories over Virginia, Auburn and Carolina Blue Alumni Team.
West Virginia is ranked 3rd with wins over Ohio St (21-15) and Army’s 2nd Team (22-21) on their resume.
Air Force is ranked 4th and winless, but they played several competitive matches against At-Large Club teams at the Michael Lipov Tournament in Chicago.
Ohio St rounds out the top 5 with a 6-1 overall record. Their only blemish is aforementioned loss to West Virginia and they rebounded from that loss to take first at the Buckeye Fall Classic Tournament.
Just outside the rankings are Texas A&M, which has yet to play a match and Virginia. Also, of note and a potential candidate for the December rankings is Pittsburgh which picked up 3 wins this past weekend over James Madison, Virginia and Johns Hopkins. Spanish International student, Pau Sanchez and Cedric Humphrey reportedly were a pretty effective back court duo and led Pittsburgh to a 3 game sweep and the top of the Northeast Team Handball D2 South.
Below are the composite standing for all college teams