#2 Wayne State College Stays Put At Top Spot In NCAA DII Central Region Rankings

#2 Wayne State College Stays Put At Top Spot In NCAA DII Central Region Rankings
WAYNE STATE VOLLEYBALL. PHOTO BY BOB BERRY

WAYNE – Entering the 2022 NSIC Volleyball Tournament, #2 Wayne State College remains the top seed in the most recent NCAA DII Central Region rankings.

According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the Wildcats remained atop the Central Region.

The top eight teams in the region will advance to the NCAA Division II National Tournament November 17-20.  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.

Wayne State College captured the NSIC regular season title at 19-1 last weekend with wins at Minnesota State-Mankato and #3 Concordia-St. Paul to sit atop the Central Region Rankings at 29-1 overall.

The top five teams in the poll remained the same as last week with Concordia-St. Paul second, Minnesota Duluth third, Northwest Missouri State fourth and Nebraska-Kearney fifth.

Southwest Minnesota State moved up one spot to sixth while Central Missouri slipped one to seventh this week. Central Oklahoma stayed eighth, St. Cloud State moved up one spot to ninth while Harding (Ark) entered the regional rankings this week at 10th.  The NCAA selection show is set for Sunday, November 13 at 9:30 p.m. Central Time on ncaa.com.

Wayne State College, ranked second in this week’s AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, is 29-1 and the top seed for this weekend’s NSIC Volleyball Tournament in St. Paul, Minnesota. WSC will face the #8 seed Augustana (19-9, 11-9 NSIC) Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the first round. The ‘Cats and Vikings met twice this season with WSC winning both matchups of 3-1 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on October 4 and 3-0 in Wayne on October 25.

NSIC Tournament.

Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and waynedailynews.com for postseason Wildcat volleyball. Pregame show coverage is set for Friday night at 7 p.m.

NCAA Central Region Volleyball Rankings

(records as of November 7, 2022)

(Last week)      Overall  In-Region

  1. Wayne State (1)            29-1      23-1
  2. Concordia-St. Paul (2)   24-4      19-4
  3. Minnesota Duluth (3)      25-3      21-3
  4. NW Missouri St. (4)       23-5      17-3
  5. Nebraska Kearney (5)    24-4      20-4
  6. Southwest Minnesota (7) 23-5      19-5
  7. Central Missouri (6)       19-10    17-6
  8. Central Oklahoma (8)     24-6      22-6
  9. St. Cloud State (10)       23-5      17-5
  10. Harding (NR)                 27-1      22-0
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