Since the first region poll released on Jan. 26, Dixie State has moved from No. 10 in the region (out of tournament contention) to No. 4. In that span, the Red Storm posted a record of 4-1 including critical conference wins over Chaminade and Grand Canyon.
Head coach Jon Judkins said his team is playing well and he likes where the team stands heading toward another tournament appearance.
Dixie State made the field of 64 for the first time last year, losing to eventual national champion Cal Poly Pomona in the first round.
Dixie State is the highest-ranking Pacific West Conference team. Chaminade checked-in at No. 5 after an impressive win over No. 8 BYU-Hawaii. Grand Canyon dropped out of the Top 10 despite a 2-0 week at home.
Central Washington remained in the top spot with Cal State Dominguez Hills and Humboldt State at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.
Two teams DSC has defeated – Seattle Pacific and Alaska Anchorage – slot in at No. 6 and No. 7.
At No. 9 is San Francisco State and Western Washington came in at No. 10.
The top eight seeds – three conference champions and five at-large bids – will compete for the West Region title during the second weekend in March. The top seed hosts the regional.
Dixie State plays two games in the PWC on Thursday against Hawaii-Hilo and Saturday against Hawaii Pacific. Tip time for both games is 7:30 p.m.
The next region poll will be released on Feb. 23.
1 Central Washington 18-1 18-2
2 Cal State Dominguez Hills 16-3 18-3
3 Humboldt State 17-2 17-2
4 Dixie State 12-4 12-5
5 Chaminade 12-4 12-5
6 Seattle Pacific 16-7 16-7
7 Alaska Anchorage 12-5 13-6
8 Brigham Young-Hawaii 10-4 12-4
9 San Francisco State 14-6 14-6
10 Western Washington 12-6 12-7
First record is In-Region, second record is Overall D-II