The Southwest Minnesota State volleyball moved up one slot to the number two spot in this week's edition of the American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
The ranking ties the highest ranking in SMSU history as the 2010 Mustangs were ranked No. 2 on October 18, 2010 for one week. SMSU is 7-0 on the season, tying the 2010 Mustangs for the best start to a season in school history.
Nebraska-Kearney edged out SMSU for the top spot with 776 total points and 20 first-place votes. SMSU tallied 755 total points and five first-place votes. Concordia-St. Paul slipped from No. 1 to No. 3 after suffering a defeat to an unranked West Florida team. Concordia-St. Paul accumulated 712 total points, with five first-place votes, while Minnesota Duluth (695), and Washburn (650) rounded out the top five.
Other NSIC schools to be ranked in the AVCA Top 25 were Minnesota State (11th), Wayne State (18th), and Minnesota State-Moorhead (T-22nd).
Southwest Minnesota State has now been ranked in the AVCA Top 25 for 82 consecutive weeks, dating back to Sept. 5, 2006.
No. 2 Southwest Minnesota State will travel to St. Paul to begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play in a marquee matchup with No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. The Mustangs will then head to Mankato on Saturday, to take on No. 11 Minnesota State, Mankato at 4 p.m.