Concordia-St. Paul returned to the top spot in this week’s AVCA Division II Poll after being chosen No. 1 in the preseason. The Golden Bears, which are 13-2 on the season, collected 42 first place votes and 1,191 points.
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Concordia-St. Paul, which is riding a 7-match win streak, posted a sweep against Sioux Falls and a 5-set victory against then-10th ranked Southwest Minnesota State last weekend.
Cal State Bernardino jumped from 5th to 2nd in this week’s poll, receiving 3 first place votes and 1,101 points. Northern State (1 first place vote, 1,036 points), Nebraska-Kearney (1 first place vote, 1,019 points) and Minnesota Duluth (891) round out the Top 5.
Minnesota Duluth beat #1 Northern State in five sets on Saturday. UMD is playing without Sarah Kelly, a 2017 First-Team All-American and the team’s leading scorer last season. Kelly injured her right knee with an awkward jump in practice on September 10th and hasn’t played since.
So far in 2018, 4 different programs have been ranked No. 1. Concordia-St. Paul was first in the preseason and this week, Minnesota Duluth held the top spot in Week 1, Nebraska-Kearney took over for Week 2 and Week 3 and Northern State earned its first-ever No. 1 ranking in Week 4.
Cal Poly Pomona entered the Top 25 after receiving votes in week 4. The Broncos earned 113 points and are 13-1 on the year.
Wayne State is the lone team to fall out of the poll this week.
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Total Points Adjusted||2018 Record||Previous Rank|
|1||Concordia-St. Paul (42)||1191||13-2||2|
|2||Cal State San Bernardino (3)||1101||13-1||5|
|3||Northern State (1)||1036||14-1||1|
|9||Palm Beach Atlantic||798||14-1||3|
|12||Southwest Minnesota State||673||10-5||10|
|16||Cal State L.A. (1)||493||12-0||17|
|23||Colorado School of Mines||155||13-2||24|
|25||Cal Poly Pomona||113||13-1||NR|
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Wayne State (Neb.) 91; Angelo State 67; Barry 49; Azusa Pacific 44; Central Washington 41; Wingate 30; Findlay 20; NW Missouri State 19; Michigan Tech 17; Ashland 13; Shippensburg 10; Hillsdale 8; Truman 2;
4 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 31 combined points.
Dropped Out: Wayne State (Neb.) 18