LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team slipped two spots to No. 8 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Top 25 Poll. The Mustangs went 2-1 this weekend with victories over Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston after being upset on Tuesday by Sioux Falls.
Concordia-St. Paul remained the No. 1 team in the ranking for the fifth consecutive week and earned all 48 first-place votes and 1,200 total points. Central Missouri, which held the No. 3 spot and earned two first-place votes in last week's poll fell to No. 5 with its first loss of the season this weekend. Tampa (1,149) remained No. 2 for the second consecutive week, while Minnesota Duluth (1,085) inched up to No. 3. BYU-Hawai'i (1,046) and Central Missouri (981) rounded out the top 5.
West Texas A&M (913) and Nebraska-Kearney (869) came in just ahead of the Mustangs and their 838 total points. Wingate (762) and Western Washington (718) rounded out the top 10.
Other Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schools ranked in the poll were No. 18 Wayne State (Neb.) and No. 23 Northern State.
SMSU has now been ranked in the AVCA Top 25 for 101 consecutive weeks, dating back to Sept. 5, 2006.
The Mustangs (17-5, 12-2 NSIC) will hit the road this weekend for matches versus St. Cloud State and No. 3 Minnesota Duluth.