No. 2 Western Washington and No. 22 Wingate both dropped their first matches of the season, losing in four sets to Carson-Newman and Alaska Anchorage, respectively, on Saturday. That leaves two teams left in their quest to complete the first perfect season since Concordia-St. Paul ran the table in 2009, going a remarkable 37-0.
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Here's a quick look at who is still perfect, and the toughest matches remaining.
No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino
Signature wins: Minnesota Duluth, 3-1; Tarleton State, 3-0; Cal State L.A., 3-1, UC San Diego, 3-0
What's left: The Coyotes are one of two ranked teams in the CCAA as Cal State L.A. jumped back in at No. 24 in Week 6. After sweeping the Tritons in straight-sets on Oct. 12, the Golden Eagles are the Coyotes stiffest competition with a rematch coming on Nov. 1.
No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney
Signature wins: Rockhurst, 3-1; Washburn, 3-0; Central Oklahoma, 3-0; Central Missouri, 3-2, Northwest Missouri State, 3-1; Washburn, 3-0
What’s left: The Lopers now have two huge wins against Washburn in straight sets. There are ranked teams all over the conference. The Lopers opened a tough weekend on Oct. 4 with a win against No. 14 Central Missouri and closed it with a 3-1 over No. 10 Northwest Missouri State on Oct. 5.
- Sept. 28 vs. Central Oklahoma, W 3-0
- Oct. 4 at Central Missouri, W 3-2
- Oct. 5 Northwest Missouri State, W 3-1
- Oct. 15 Washburn, W 3-0
- Oct. 25 at Central Oklahoma
- Nov. 1 vs. Northwest Missouri State
- Nov. 2 vs. Central Missouri
(Signature wins: We considered signature wins as those against teams that have appeared in or received votes in the AVCA poll through games on Oct. 14 as well as in-conference matches against any current top three teams.)