Washburn volleyball moves up to No. 1 in AVCA rankings

WU Athletics 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the first time in program history, Washburn Volleyball is the No. 1 ranked team in the AVCA national poll. The Ichabods hold a 10-1 record to start the season and are coming off a four set victory at previously No. 1-ranked Nebraska-Kearney last Saturday (Sept. 18).

Prior to today, the highest Washburn had been ranked was No. 2 on four occasions. Washburn held down the No. 2 spot for the first three weeks of the 2008 season and then again in the seventh week during the 2010 season.

The Ichabods received 25 first-place votes and tallied 1,077 total points as they moved up two places from last week’s ranking. Angelo State remains at No. 2 and Metro State – Denver jumped up three places to No. 3. Nebraska-Kearney fell down to No. 4 and Southwest Minnesota rounded out the top-five after previously being ranked eighth.

Joining the Ichabods and Lopers from the MIAA in the top-15 is Central Missouri at No. 7 and Northwest Missouri at No. 13.

Washburn will host Emporia State on Tuesday, Sept. 21 before closing out the month at Central Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2021 Record Previous Week
1 Washburn (25) 1077 10-1 3
2 Angelo State (5) 1006 9-2 2
3 MSU Denver (7) 989 8-2 6
4 Nebraska-Kearney (1) 982 8-1 1
5 Southwest Minnesota State (9) 955 10-0 8
6 Concordia – St. Paul 927 8-2 4
7 Central Missouri 890 9-1 7
8 Wayne State (Neb.) 828 7-2 5
9 Colorado School of Mines 780 9-1 11
10 Tampa 751 8-1 9
11 Winona State 693 7-1 10
12 Cal State San Bernardino 600 7-4 14
13 NW Missouri State 580 8-2 12
14 Lewis 532 7-3 15
15 Western Washington 417 5-3 17
16 West Florida 382 10-1 19
17 Hillsdale 369 8-2 18
18 Oklahoma Baptist University 342 6-2 13
19 Minnesota Duluth 289 7-3 16
20 St. Cloud State 259 7-4 23
21 Rockhurst 204 6-4 22
22 Simon Fraser University 196 6-2 20
23 Texas-Tyler 190 6-0 T25
24 Cal Poly Pomona 181 9-0 T25
25 Chaminade 115 10-3 21

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Nova Southeastern 105; Northern State 99; Gannon 59; Colorado Mesa University 58; Cal State L.A. 40; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (FL) 40; Michigan Tech 39; Barry 32; Texas A&M-Kingsville 32; Harding 26; Hawai’i-Hilo 24; Wayne State (Mich.) 24; Grand Valley State 23; Regis 17; West Texas A&M 17; Alaska-Anchorage 12; Central Oklahoma 9; Southern Indiana 9; Augustana (SD) 7; Azusa Pacific 5; Seattle Pacific 5; Missouri S&T 3; Alaska-Fairbanks 2.

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