WAYNE – As the Wayne State College volleyball team prepares for the opening round of the NSIC Tournament, the team moved up a couple spots in the third NCAA Division II Regional Rankings.
According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office, the ‘Cats are now seventh in the Central Region joining five other NSIC teams ranked inside the top 10.
#12 WSC is 24-6 overall as they finished fifth in the league with a 14-6 conference record.
Nebraska-Kearney (MIAA) remains as the top team in the region followed by three NSIC teams of Northern State, Minnesota Duluth and Concordia-St. Paul second – fourth. Northern moved up two spots while UMD and CSP both fell a spot. Washburn (MIAA) remained fifth, St. Cloud State (NSIC) stayed sixth as teams following WSC saw Central Missouri (MIAA) fall back one spot to eighth, Winona State (NSIC) up a spot to ninth and #10 Northwest Missouri State (MIAA) fell back two spots.
#5 Wayne State College and #4 St. Cloud State meet in the first round of the NSIC Volleyball Tournament on Friday, November 22. The match is set for 5 p.m. from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The NCAA Volleyball selection show will be streamed online on Monday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
Teams from the NSIC, Mid-America Athletic Association and Great American Conference make up the NCAA Central Region. The top eight teams in the region will advance to the NCAA region tournament on December 5-7. Automatic bids are granted to the winners of the MIAA, GAC and NSIC postseason tournaments with the remaining five spots awarded on an at-large basis.
The championship quarterfinals, semifinals and final match will take place Thursday-Saturday, December 12-14, at the Auraria Event Center in Denver, hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver.
|Rank||School (Conf)||In-Reg||DII Rec||LW|
|2||Northern State (NSIC)||24-4||24-4||4|
|3||Minnesota Duluth (NSIC)||20-4||23-5||2|
|4||Concordia-St. Paul (NSIC)||18-6||22-7||3|
|6||St. Cloud State (NSIC)||18-5||23-5||6|
|7||Wayne State (NSIC)||20-6||24-6||9|
|8||Central Missouri (MIAA)||17-6||21-8||7|
|9||Winona State (NSIC)||14-7||21-7||10|
|10||Northwest Missouri State (MIAA)||18-8||20-8||8|