Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team is ranked 10th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) preseason Division II Top 25 poll.
The Lopers finished 11th in the final 2021 rankings after going 26-7 and reaching the NCAA Tournament for a 22nd consecutive season. A panel of head coaches vote on the makeup of the poll which will be released again on Monday, Aug. 29.
UNK, in the polls for (estimated) 375th week, received 677 points and is one of nine Central Region squads in the Top 25. The others are Washburn (2nd), Concordia-St. Paul (6th), Central Missouri (8th), St. Cloud State (9th), Northwest Missouri (11th), Winona State (15th), Wayne State (17th) and Southwest Minnesota State (22nd). Minnesota-Duluth, Northern State, Oklahoma Baptist and Augustana are receiving votes as well.
Defending national champion Tampa is No. 1 (1,158 points; 41 of a possible 47 first place votes) with Central Washington among those receiving votes. The CWU Wildcats come to the Health & Sports Center next weekend for the annual Rosella Meier Fall Classic. Washburn will also be in attendance but the Ichabods and Lopers will not play each other.
UNK heads to Baxter Arena this Saturday (Aug. 20) for an exhibition match with former rival Nebraska-Omaha. That match begins at 3 p.m. and can be heard live on The River (93.1 FM/106.9 KRVN FM). The Lopers have beaten D1 Wyoming and Air Force in previous fall exhibitions.
Source: Regional Sports