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In the opening AVCA Top-25 Poll of the regular season, the Northern State University volleyball team sits seventh. The Wolves jumped two spots from the preseason poll, earning 838 total points with a 4-0 record overall.
 
Northern is joined by NSIC opponents No. 1 Minnesota Duluth, No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul, No. 8 Southwest Minnesota State, No. 20 Wayne State, No. 22 Augustana, and (RV) Upper Iowa. The poll also includes regional competition, No. 5 Nebraska Kearney, No. 14 Central Missouri, No. 21 Missouri Western, and (RV) Arkansas Tech. The Wolves are set to face No. 22 Augustana this coming Saturday.
 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2018 Record  Previous
Rank
1 Minnesota Duluth (31) 1147 4-0 3
2 Concordia - St. Paul (6) 1056 3-1 1
3 Lewis (2) 1003 4-0 6
4 Ferris State (7) 960 4-0 21
5 Nebraska-Kearney 912 4-0 8
6 Rockhurst 867 4-0 10
7 Northern State 838 4-0 9
8 Southwest Minnesota State (1) 822 2-2 2
9 Cal State San Bernardino 808 4-0 11
10 Regis 743 2-2 7
11 Palm Beach Atlantic 706 4-0 12
12 Wheeling Jesuit (1) 688 3-1 24
13 West Florida 597 2-2 15
14 Central Missouri 571 4-0 22
15 Western Washington 501 1-3 5
16 Gannon 469 3-0 13
17 Colorado School of Mines 402 4-0 20
18 Tarleton State 272 3-1 18
19 Central Oklahoma 236 2-2 16
20 Wayne State (Neb.) 213 4-0 NR
21 Missouri Western 197 4-0 NR
22 Augustana (SD) 189 3-1 23
23 Florida Southern 179 1-3 4
24 Findlay 172 3-1 NR
25 Tampa 143 4-0 NR


Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Angelo State 137; Cal State L. A. 110; Hillsdale 98; Arkansas Tech University 93; Truman 59; Drury 54; Winona State 51; Alaska-Anchorage 46; West Texas A&M 33; Saint Leo 30; NW Nazarene 27; Northern Michigan 19; Upper Iowa 16; Wayne State (Mich.) 12; Metro State 10; NW Missouri State 9; UC San Diego 6; Missouri-St Louis 5; Arkansas-Fort Smith 4; Wingate 4; Cal Poly Pomona 3;

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