Wildcats remain at top of Central Region rankings


Wayne State remained on top of the third and final NCAA Division II Central Region Volleyball Rankings announced Wednesday afternoon by NCAA.

Wayne State is one of seven NSIC schools listed in the rankings and is first with a 26-1 NCAA overall record as of Nov. 12. Concordia-St. Paul and Southwest Minnesota State from the NSIC remained second and third in this week’s ranking with Central Missouri and Central Oklahoma from the MIAA each moving up one spot to close out the top five teams.

Nebraska-Kearney slipped two spots to sixth, St. Cloud State moved up one spot to seventh, Northern State at eighth, Minnesota Duluth ninth and Winona State 10th.

The NCAA Volleyball selection show will be streamed online on Monday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on NCAA.com. The top eight teams in the region will advance to the NCAA Division II National Tournament November 30-December 3. Automatic bids are granted to the winners of the GAC, MIAA and NSIC Postseason Tournaments with the remaining five spots awarded on an at-large basis.

NCAA Central Region volleyball rankings are as follows: (Overall, in-region records in parenthesis):

1. Wayne State (26-1, 25-1)
2. Concordia-St. Paul (25-2, 23-2)
3. Southwest Minnesota (23-5, 21-4)
4. Central Missouri (21-7, 18-4)
5. Central Oklahoma (26-4, 24-4)
6. Nebraska-Kearney (24-4, 24-4)
7. St. Cloud State (20-7, 16-6)
8. Northern State (19-8, 18-8)
9. Minnesota Duluth (17-9, 14-8)
10. Winona State (18-9, 17-8)