WAYNE – After being ranked at the beginning of the volleyball season at 24th and getting as high as fifth twice, the Wayne State College volleyball program has finished the 2021 season among the best.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the Wildcats have ended the season ranked 18th in the final AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Wildcats received 333 points in voting conducted by various Division II coaches from across the nation. It’s the 12th time in the last 15 years Wayne State ended the season with a Top 25 national ranking.
Wayne State College closed the regular season at 22-8 and were fourth in the NSIC with a 14-6 league record. WSC made it to the NSIC Semifinal round before suffering a five-set loss to the eventual conference champions of St. Cloud State.
A representative from the Central Region, Washburn, made it all the way to the national championship match where the host Tampa ended up winning in straight sets this past weekend.
NSIC teams rated in the top 25 included #7 Concordia-St. Paul (24-9) up eight spots; #9 Winona State (28-5) up one spot; #10 St. Cloud State (27-5) down three spots and #23 Southwest Minnesota State (21-8) down six spots. Augustana (84) also received votes and was listed on two or more ballots.