SMSU VOLLEYBALL: SMSU volleyball tops latest AVCA poll

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Southwest Minnesota State University women’s volleyball team topped this week’s AVCA Top-25 Coaches’ Poll that was released on Monday, earning the No. 1 ranking in the nation for the first time since 2012.

The Mustangs (8-0) are the top team in the nation after beginning the year at No. 2 for the first two polls. SMSU defeated the previous number one, Concordia-St. Paul, this past Saturday in the Colorado Premier Championship.

Southwest Minnesota State held the No. 1 ranking for four straight weeks back in 2012 and last held the top spot in the Nov. 5 poll of that year.

The Mustangs garnered 44 total first-place votes after beating four ranked opponents (No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul, No. 8 Ferris State, No. 17 Tarleton State, and No. 20 Tampa) in the Colorado Premier Challenge last weekend. SMSU is now 5-0 against top-25 teams so far this season.

No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul drops one spot to number two in this week’s poll and is one of the four total NSIC schools ranked in the Top 10. No. 7 Minnesota Duluth and No. 9 Augustana hold the same rankings as last week.

No. 11 Winona State, No. 17 Wayne State, and No. 24 made it seven total NSIC teams in the top-25.

The Mustangs have now been ranked in the Top 25 for 150 consecutive polls, dating back to Sept. 5, 2006, and have made it into the Top 10 for 54 consecutive polls.

Southwest Minnesota State’s eight-match win streak to open the season is the best start in program history.

SMSU will open NSIC play this week as they travel to play No. 9 Augustana (8-1) on Thursday at 6 p.m.

The Mustangs will host their home opener this Saturday against Wayne State at 2 p.m., which will also be the team’s annual “white out” game.

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