With No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth dropping two matches last weekend, that left an opening atop the Division II Top 25. Enter Nebraska-Kearney. The Lopers, who were ranked eighth in the preseason poll and fifth last week, went 4-0 at home to set up their ascent.
This is not the first stint atop the rankings for UNK as the team has been tabbed as the AVCA No. 1 25 times in its history, the last in the Oct. 8, 2012 poll.
The Lopers nabbed 25 of the 48 first place votes and finished 20 points ahead of No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul (6-2), the two-time defending national champions.
Northern Michigan (8-0), which was one of two teams to beat Minnesota-Duluth jumped into the poll at No. 23. No. 17 Texas A&M-Commerce (6-2) and No. 22 Drury (6-2) also were newcomers to the rankings.
For Texas A&M Commerce, it marked the first time the team has been among the Top 25 since 1989. The Lions downed No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul, No. 3 Lewis and No. 10 Regis on Week 2.
For Drury, it marks their first ever national ranking. The Panthers boasts wins over four ranked teams in 2018
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Total Points Adjusted||2018 Record||Previous Rank|
|2||Concordia – St. Paul (15)||1122||6-2||2|
|3||Northern State (6)||1080||8-0||7|
|4||Palm Beach Atlantic||919||8-0||11|
|6||Minnesota Duluth (1)||850||6-2||1|
|7||Southwest Minnesota State||837||5-3||8|
|9||Cal State San Bernardino||777||7-1||9|
|19||Wayne State (Neb.)||310||7-1||20|
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Findlay 137; Cal State L. A. 119; Upper Iowa 119; Colorado School of Mines 87; Truman 83; Angelo State 75; Augustana (SD) 26; Alaska-Anchorage 20; Central Washington 17; West Texas A&M 10; Chaminade 8; Cal Poly Pomona 7; Michigan Tech 7; Wingate 7; Ashland 4
Seven teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 43 combined points.
Dropped Out: Findlay 24; Colorado School of Mines 17; Augustana (SD) 22