Nebraska Kearney volleyball finished fifth and Wayne State finished ninth in the Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll released Tuesday afternoon. It’s the highest ever season-ending ranking for a Wildcat volleyball program that finished this season with a 26-4 overall record. The Lopers went 31-5, making this their 26th season with 30 of more wins.
Wayne State was one of four teams from the NSIC to finish in the top 10 and one of seven teams from the Central Region ranked in the top 16 in the final poll. The Wildcats ended their season with a sixth straight trip to the NCAA Division II national tournament. WSC achieved the school’s first-ever #1 national ranking twice during the regular season and went 17-3 in the NSIC, good for a third place finish in league play.
The Lopers had trouble getting past the regions No. 1 ranked Concordia-St. Paul volleyball as UNK lost in the NCAA Tournament Central Regional final. The Golden Bears won the region for a fourth straight year and were aiming for an unprecedented fourth consecutive national title.
UNK is now 5-5 in “Sweet 16” matches.