By RICK PETERSON
After opening the 2021 season with a perfect 5-0 record, including two victories over ranked opponents, Washburn volleyball moved up four places in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll to No. 4 in the nation.
Last week the Ichabods swept Cameron, Minot State and then No. 19-ranked Harding and also picked up a pair of four-set wins over Colorado-Colorado Springs and No. 15-ranked Northern State.
Concordia-St. Paul moved up one place to claim the No. 1 spot in the AVCA rankings while Angelo State moved down to second.
There are now four undefeated MIAA teams represented in the top 10 of the AVCA rankings as Nebraska-Kearney checks in at No. 3, Northwest Missouri No. 8 and Central Missouri No. 10.
Washburn will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. this week to play four matches in the Mountain Lion Invitational, starting Friday at 9 a.m. against Lubbock Christian.
AVCA NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL RANKINGS
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Total Points Adjusted||
|Previous Week Rank|
|1||Concordia - St. Paul (20)||1114||4-0||2|
|2||Angelo State (21)||1086||4-0||1|
|6||Cal State San Bernardino (1)||860||3-1||3|
|8||NW Missouri State||698||4-0||16|
|13||St. Cloud State||555||4-0||19|
|15||Colorado School of Mines||464||3-1||12|
|16||Southwest Minnesota State||441||4-0||NR|
|17||Wayne State (Neb.)||347||3-0||24|
|24||Simon Fraser (3)||162||4-0||NR|
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Harding 128; Ferris State 107; Texas A&M-Kingsville 98; Regis 97; Alaska-Anchorage 93; Gannon 84; Chaminade 79; Michigan Tech 62; Missouri-St Louis 50; West Texas A&M 49; Cal Poly Pomona 44; Southern Indiana 43; Wheeling 43; Lynn 39; Nova Southeastern 32; Cal State L.A. 31; Wingate 28; Hawai'i-Hilo 27; Palm Beach Atlantic 25; Northern Michigan 20; Barry 17; Grand Valley State 17; Central Oklahoma 7; Colo State-Pueblo 6; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (FL) 5.