LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Southwest Minnesota State volleyball team fell to No. 4 in this week's edition of the American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
The Mustangs slipped from No. 2 to No. 4 after losing to No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul in straight sets on Friday, Sept. 15. SMSU rebounded with a sweep of No. 11 Minnesota State, Mankato on Saturday Sept. 16 to improve to 8-1 overall, 1-1 in the NSIC.
With the sweep of the Mustangs, Concordia-St. Paul took over the No. 2 spot while Nebraska-Kearney stayed No. 1 for the second consecutive week. Of the teams that received first place votes, Nebraska-Kearney (784) received 24, Concordia-St. Paul (754) received five and Minnesota Duluth (718) received three. Minnesota Duluth captured this week's No. 3 ranking with SMSU (693) and Washburn (667) rounding out the top five.
Other NSIC schools to be ranked in the AVCA Top 25 this week were: Minnesota State (12th), Minnesota State-Moorhead (19th), and Wayne State (21st). After a strong showing this weekend, Winona State is among other teams to receive votes.
Southwest Minnesota State has now been ranked in the AVCA Top 25 for 83 consecutive weeks, dating back to Sept. 5, 2006.
No. 4 SMSU's home opener is tomorrow at 7 p.m., as the Mustangs will welcome the University of Sioux Falls Cougars to the P.E. Gym in Marshall. SMSU will welcome St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth to the P.E. Gym this Friday and Saturday.