This is the latest edition of the Men's Power Rankings for the 2017 season. The list was formed by a panel of 8 individuals, spanning all regions, who discuss the rankings team-by-team. Injured and inactive teams have been removed from contention. A team is considered active if either (1) the team has competed in the past three months, or (2) one player from the team has competed in the past month.
Cisek/Showalter ended a near perfect season with a National Championship. Cisek and Showalter defeated three top 10 teams on the way but did battle for three games with two of them.
Strange Embrace's Jarratt Rouse tore his right rotator cuff a week before Nationals. Hindered by this, Rouse was forced to serve mostly with his left hand and their play fell. A 4-4 pool play record matched them up with Bud n' Boles in the Round of 16 where they got revenge for West Regionals. They then fell to the Nationals Champions in three games.
2 Guys found themselves on the Nationals podium for the second year in a row and only missed a podium finish once all season. The California duo earned solid wins over Anchored LI and Tetelestai before going out to Cisek/Showalter for the fourth time in 2017.
Bud n' Boles matched up with Strange Embrace in the round of 16 after earning the 9 seed. Hammon and Boles fell to the #2 team in three games but their skill was still apparent.
Anchored LI narrowly fell to 2 Guys in the quarterfinals and almost found top 4 at Nationals. Their strong play in the post-season moved them up into the top 5 of the power rankings.
Spicy Rubi found a favorable bracket at 2017 Nationals and rode their consistent play into the finals. Rentsch and McPartland beat top 20 Hilltop Spikes, Schizik, and Easily Dug en route to the finals and gave Cisek/Showalter a scare once there, before ultimately losing in three games.
Origin Impact ran through teams in pool play and found the 2 seed at 2017 Nationals and was the lone top 8 team on the right side of the bracket. Hornacek and Drucker were projected to move into the top 4 but were upset by Easily Dug in the Round of 16. This loss moves Impact down to its lowest spot all season.
Golden Set may have had the worst bracket luck at 2017 Nationals, matching up with Strange Embrace in the round of 32 after earning the 8 seed. Despite their strong pool play, Brumby and Zishka couldn't handle the #2 team.
Easily Dug earned their biggest win of the season at 2017 Nationals with an upset over the formerly #5 Origin Impact. One more win after that brought them into the Nationals top 4 where Rubi took advantage of their exhaustion.
Hilltop Spikes went undefeated in pool play at Nationals and found themselves the 3 seed. In the round of 32 the Model brothers dominated Bolivia before being halted by Rubi, albeit in two close games.
Point Loma exited earlier than they would have liked at 2017 Nationals with a round of 32 loss to Tetelestai. This loss pushes Wood and Ortega out of the top 10 for the first time since May. Tetelestai earned their biggest win of the season over Point Loma in the round of 32 in Nationals. Throw and Cornelius then went to lose closely to 2 Guys, but end the season with wins over Nashburgh, OATW, and now one on Point Loma.
Heckleberry Win was a wildcard heading into 2017 Nationals not having played against Premier teams. Not many were surprised when the Heck brothers upset Origin Chaos in the round of 32 and then made their way into the top 8. They moved to the #13 spot as there are now results to back the skill that many believed they had.
Origin Chaos found themselves in a slump at 2017 Nationals despite both players' solid play at Regionals. Bohnen and Weiler struggled to a 4-4 record in a pool play and were upset by Heckleberry Win in the round of 32.
Schizik stepped up its game at 2017 Nationals and earned solid wins en route to the top 8 at Nationals. Rizk and Schafer first upset Origin Force in the round of 32 and then Nashburgh in the round of 16. They almost kept the upsets rolling but fell to Spicy Rubi in three games.
Do a Barrel Roll again beat teams below them and lost to a team above them, this time the #1 team. The Dantowitz brothers did fight into three games with both The Brothers Zimm and WE THE NORTH, but we also can't help but wonder if they could have placed higher without the champions as their round of 16 matchup.
Nashburgh fell to Schizik in the round of 16 at 2017 Nationals and missed their chance at placing top 8 at Nationals for the fourth year in a row. Graham and Wilson fall a few spots as teams below them found some good wins at Nationals.
Bolivia was handled at 2017 Nationals by Hilltop Spikes in the round of 32 and moved down to their lowest ranking of 2017. The Gonzales brothers started in the lower teens of the power rankings before moving up to a peak of #5 and have now returned to the teens. Ohio Against the World looked stronger than we have seen them recently and took out the West's TnT before a close loss to Anchored LI. With standard play, Bonta and Showalter stay in the same spot. Origin Force drops a few spots after being upset by Schizik at 2017 Nationals. Force ends the season at their lowest ranking of 2017 as they found no huge wins in their five events attended, despite placing well at three of them.
The Brothers Zimm challenged Do a Barrel Roll in the round of 32 at Nationals but fell just short. The pair of brothers move up a few spots as play was a bit better than expected.
Double B's was taken out by the eventual second-place team at 2017 Nationals. With a lack of results for the pair they will drop below a few teams that had good showings at Nationals.
Sleeper Pick may have been caught sleeping at Nationals where they fell to the unranked The Deatheaters in the round of 64. With this as their only result in two months they drop into the twenties.
PB&J did not attend 2017 Nationals.
Bullcity Spikes came out flying at 2017 Nationals, earning the 10 seed after a strong pool play. Daming and Ruiz avoided a Power Ranked team thanks to The Deatheaters upset and then fell to Heckleberry Win in three games in the round of 16.
- The Deatheaters - Zac Vance and Marlon Fleming (Newark, DE and Merced CA)
- Origin Unknown - Michael Zagone and Jack Mathews (Chicago, IL)
- Spiker, No Spiking! - Skylar Shibayama and Chris Moates (Seattle, WA and Dallas, TX)
- Shmaneuvments - Brandon Spector and Nick Abramson (Yonkers, NY)
- Sub-Par Team - Josh Fragiacomo and Jacob Martinez (Ventura, CA)
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