Northern State continued its steady rise in the AVCA Division II Poll, taking over the top spot with a 3-0 mark this past weekend. It is the program’s first ever top AVCA ranking.
A big time congrats to @nsuwolves_v for getting their first #AVCA No. 1 ranking in program history! https://t.co/KMMdN2SsOW pic.twitter.com/3VD8qLc1yY
— AVCA (@AVCAVolleyball) September 17, 2018
The Wolves, who downed MSU-Moorehead, Bemidji State and Minnesota-Crookston in straight sets, to remain undefeated (13-0) on the season received 41 of 47 first place votes and collected 1,168 points.
Concordia-St. Paul jumped up one spot to 2nd nationally with a 3-0 week of its own. The Golden Bears, who have won each of the last 2 national championships and 9 all-time, defeated Minnesota State (3-0), 18th-ranked Wayne State (3-0) and Augustana-SD (3-2). CSP, which received 6 first place votes and 1,107 points this week, is riding an 8-match win streak.
Palm Beach Atlantic (1,066 points), Lewis (991) and Cal State San Bernardino (978) round out the Top 5 of the poll.
Washburn joined the poll at 21st after receiving votes last week. The Ichabods went 2-0 with a 3-set win against Fort Hays State and a 4-set upset victory over then-ranked 1st Nebraska-Kearney. On the season, Washburn is 14-0.
Findlay, which was 24th in week 3, was the lone team to drop out of the standings. The Oilers went 2-1 on the weekend.
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Total Points Adjusted||2018 Record||Previous Rank|
|1||Northern State (41)||1168||13-0||2|
|2||Concordia-St. Paul (6)||1107||11-2||3|
|3||Palm Beach Atlantic||1066||12-0||4|
|5||Cal State San Bernardino||978||11-1||8|
|10||Southwest Minnesota State||716||9-4||7|
|17||Cal State L.A.||382||11-0||22|
|18||Wayne State (Neb.)||354||10-3||18|
|24||Colorado School of Mines||159||11-2||25|
|25||Texas A&M Commerce||149||9-4||23|
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Cal Poly Pomona 72; Angelo State 70; Barry 66; Chaminade 45; Wingate 30; Central Washington 27; Findlay 27; Azusa Pacific 19; Michigan Tech 16; Northern Michigan 13; NW Missouri State 13; Hillsdale 3
10 teams mentioned in only one ballot for a total of 79 combined points.
Dropped Out: Findlay 24