After a loss to then-#16, now-#12, Southwest Minnesota State, Northern State has been knocked from its #1 position in the latest AVCA Division II coaches’ poll. Northern State still has 1 first-place vote, from Bellarmine head coach Jennifer Grzebin, but 2-time defending NCAA Division II champions Concordia-St. Paul, have retaken the spot at the top of the poll.
CSP, who are 21-4 this season, received 28 of a possible 48 first-place votes, with Western Washington (7 first-place votes) and Cal State Bernardino (4 first-place votes) rounding out the top 3.
Former #2 Nebraska-Kearney also lost, falling to #6 in the new poll (though they still received 2 first-place votes). Northern State and Nebraska-Kearney effectively fell behind the former 3-4-5-6 teams, all of which moved up 2 spots in the new poll.
The biggest mover into the top 2 was 25-1 Washburn, who knocked off Nebraska-Kearney 3-1, in Kearney, on Saturday.
21-0 Wingate University, the only undefeated team left in Division II volleyball, is still just outside of the top 25. They had the 27th-most votes, which is about 54 short of what they need to be officially ranked.
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Total Points Adjusted||2018 Record||Previous Rank|
|1||Concordia – St. Paul (28)||1146||21-4||3|
|2||Western Washington (7)||1091||19-3||4|
|3||Cal State San Bernardino (4)||1071||20-2||5|
|5||Northern State (1)||962||22-2||1|
|9||Cal State L.A. (1)||790||20-1||10|
|12||Southwest Minnesota State||638||17-7||16|
|16||Cal Poly Pomona||430||19-3||19|
|17||Palm Beach Atlantic||406||22-3||18|
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Colorado School of Mines 83; Wingate 81; Illinois-Springfield 43; Wayne State (Neb.) 42; Biola University 38; Central Washington 37; Azusa Pacific 33; NW Missouri State 31; Ashland 24; Dixie State-Utah 11; Angelo State 10; Point Loma 6;
6 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 13 combined points.