Nebraska-Kearney returns to top spot in poll after seven-year dry spell
For the first time in nearly seven years, the Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA top 25.
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The Lopers, off to a 7-0 start, moved past Central Region rival Concordia-St. Paul this past weekend as the Golden Bears (6-1) fell to now 24th-ranked West Florida in four sets. UNK, ranked second last week, went 4-0 in its own fall tournament.
This marks the 20th week in program history the Lopers occupy the nation's top spot and the 240th-week Kearney is in the AVCA poll. UNK was last ranked No. 1 on Nov. 21st, 2005.
This week, UNK received 776 points and 20 of the 32 first=place votes. The next four teams are from the Central Region: SW Minnesota State (755; five first-place), Concordia-St. Paul (712; five first-place), Minnesota-Duluth (695; one first-place) and Washburn (650).
Other Central teams in the poll are Central Missouri (eighth), Minnesota State-Mankato (11th), Wayne State (18th), and Minnesota State-Moorhead (T-22nd). The Lopers beat Mankato 3-1 on Saturday.