The first 3 places in the survey are identical from November. The Army that has never left the top spot in poll history picked up 2 wins in Northeast Team Handball League (NTHL) action against 2nd Team Army and NYC2 but suffered its first loss of the season against one of the best at -big clubs in the United States, NYC, 37-28. North Carolina and West Virginia haven’t played a game since the last poll, but retained their 2nd and 3rd spots in the poll standings.
Places 4 and 5, however, changed with Air Force and Ohio St dropping out of the top 5. Air Force earned its first win of the season, a 23-21 win over Texas A&M at the Texas Cup , but their overall ranking 1 -0-8 record must look bad to voters. Ohio St has played just one game since the last poll, a 36-36 draw against the Columbus Armada, but has also slipped in the polls.
Pittsburgh and Penn St. Pittsburgh’s 3-0-0 record joins the top 5 for the first time and puts them atop the NTHL D2 South. Pittsburgh got good leadership from seniors Michael Lane and Brian Hoover and benefited from newcomer to the team, Pau Balcells Sanchez. Balcells Sanchez is only a freshman, but is a Spanish international student and brings European experience to the team. The NTHL D2 South is the only de facto collegiate club conference (Pittsburgh, James Madison, Virginia, Johns Hopkins) and their next games are February 1.
Penn St rounds out the top 5 with a 3-0-0 college record and a 6-0-1 overall record. Penn St competes in the NTHL D2 North where they currently have the 2nd best winning percentage in the league. These recordings, however, may look a bit better than the real thing. In particular, 3 college wins are all over the Penn St B team, so it will be interesting to see how well the Nittany Lions fare at the College Nationals later this year.
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