LEXINGTON, Ky. -- For the first time in program history, Southwest Minnesota State earned the No. 1 ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

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After being ranked No. 2 for three consecutive weeks, the Mustangs claimed the No. 1 ranking following match wins against Bemidji State and Minnesota-Crookston over the weekend.

This marks the first time an SMSU team has been ranked No. 1 in an NCAA Division II or NAIA national poll.

Tampa (729) is now ranked No. 2, while Washburn (716), Concordia-St. Paul (703) and Nebraska-Kearney (651) round out the top five. Previous-No. 1 Nebraska-Kearney fell to No. 5 with losses this week to Wayne State and Truman. Other NSIC schools to be ranked in the AVCA Top 25 this week were Minnesota Duluth (6th), Minnesota State (13th) and Wayne State (18th). Augustana is among teams receiving votes.

Southwest Minnesota State has now been ranked in the AVCA Top 25 for 87 consecutive weeks, dating back to Sept. 5, 2006.