Washburn moves up to No. 2 in AVCA poll

WU Athletics
Joy Smith

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Washburn volleyball team went 2-0 last week and moved up one place to No. 2 in the latest AVCA Top-25 Poll. The Ichabods close out the regular season at home this weekend against Missouri Western and No. 5 Northwest Missouri on Nov. 12-13.

Washburn has won five matches in a row and now holds a record of 24-3 (16-2 MIAA). Last week, the Ichabods defeated Pittsburg State in four sets and then posted their 17th sweep victory of the season at Missouri Southern.

MSU-Denver maintains the No. 1 ranking for the fourth straight week with 46 first-place votes and 1,164 total points. Cal State San Bernardino moved up one place to No. 3 and Central Missouri dropped two places to No. 4. Northwest Missouri rounds out the top-five for the second-consecutive week.

Fellow MIAA team Nebraska-Kearney jumped up three places this week to No. 12 after defeating Central Missouri 3-1 on Saturday.

In the first set of NCAA Central Region rankings which were released on Nov. 3, Washburn was ranked fourth on the list. The top-eight teams in each region will advance to the NCAA Tournament. The next rankings will be released this Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2021 Record Previous Week Rank
1 MSU Denver (46) 1164 22-2 1
2 Washburn 1082 24-3 3
3 Cal State San Bernardino 1021 20-3 4
4 Central Missouri 990 23-3 2
5 NW Missouri State 923 22-4 5
6 Angelo State 912 21-3 6
7 West Florida 881 30-1 7
8 Winona State (1) 870 24-3 8
9 Tampa 820 24-2 9
10 Colorado School of Mines 729 21-3 11
11 St Cloud State 713 22-4 12
12 Nebraska-Kearney 665 22-5 15
13 Texas-Tyler 538 18-1 16
14 Concordia – St. Paul 522 20-7 10
15 Wayne State (Neb.) 481 20-6 13
16 Western Washington 436 17-4 18
17 Southwest Minnesota State 431 19-7 14
18 Hillsdale 336 23-4 19
19 Cal Poly Pomona 269 20-3 21
20 Lewis 264 21-6 20
21 Michigan Tech 251 20-5 22
22 Nova Southeastern 242 21-4 17
23 Regis 175 19-5 24
24 Oklahoma Baptist University 138 19-3 23
25 Chaminade 59 23-5 NR

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Simon Fraser University 52; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (FL) 49; Ferris State 44; Azusa Pacific 38; Colorado Mesa University 29; Cal State L.A. 27; Biola University 19; West Texas A&M 18; Alaska-Anchorage 15; Upper Iowa 12; Wayne State (Mich.) 11; Central Washington 7; Minnesota Duluth 5; Wingate 4; Lynn 2.

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