For the second time this season, The Southwest Minnesota State volleyball team earned the No. 2 ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
After a 3-0 week in which SMSU swept the University of Sioux Falls, St. Cloud State and No. 3 Minnesota Duluth, the Mustangs moved back to the No. 2 ranking after falling to No. 4 in last week's edition of the poll.
Nebraska-Kearney (794) stayed idle in this week's poll as the Lopers are the No. 1 ranked team for the third consecutive week. SMSU (743) moved back to the No. 2 spot, while Washburn (702), Concordia-St. Paul (690) and West Texas A&M (662) rounded out the top five. Nebraska-Kearney received 29 of the 32 first-place votes, while Washburn, Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota Duluth each picked up a single first-place vote.
Other NSIC schools to be ranked in the AVCA Top 25 this week were: Minnesota Duluth (6th) Minnesota State (10th), and Wayne State (20th). Minnesota-State Moorhead, previously ranked 19th, dropped out of this week but is among teams to receive votes along with Winona State.
Southwest Minnesota State has now been ranked in the AVCA Top 25 for 84 consecutive weeks, dating back to Sept. 5, 2006.
No. 2 SMSU will return to action tomorrow as they travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. to take on Augustana in a non-conference match starting at 7 p.m. at the Elmen Center.
Courtesy: SMSU Athletics