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SMSU VOLLEYBALL: SMSU notches No. 9 in latest AVCA national poll

Independent file photo SMSU’s Zoe Lier connects on a kill during their match against Upper Iowa on Friday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team (11-3, 5-1 NSIC) ranks ninth in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Division II weekly poll released on Monday afternoon.

SMSU is 11-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference after coming out even on a weekend homestead with a sweep over a then-ranked No. 22 Upper Iowa squad, and falling to Winona State in three sets on Saturday afternoon. Winona State was mentioned as RV in last week’s poll and grabs the No. 19 spot this week to become the ninth team in NSIC competition to be ranked.

SMSU has been ranked in the Top 25 for 181 consecutive polls, dating back to Sept. 5, 2006.

SMSU is one of nine NSIC schools ranked in this week’s Top 25 with Minnesota Duluth leading the way at No. 4. Concordia-St. Paul is ranked No. 7, Northern State at No. 8, followed by SMSU at No. 9, St. Cloud State at No. 11, Wayne State at No. 15, Upper Iowa at No. 18, Winona State at No. 19, and Sioux Falls tied with Barry at No. 24.

Southwest Minnesota State travels to No. 7 Concordia-St. Paul on Friday, Oct. 11 at 6:05 p.m. This meeting of two-top 10 teams was selected as part of the NCAA’s hybrid model of the Division II Showcase. The NCAA produced match will be available for fans to watch on a variety of media platforms including the NSIC Network, Division II Twitter and Division II Facebook pages.

— Content courtesy

of SMSU Athletic

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