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Wayne State jumps in NCAA volleyball rankings

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Wayne State head volleyball coach Scott Kneifl watches practice in Wayne, Nebraska. Wayne State head volleyball coach Scott Kneifl watches practice in Wayne, Nebraska.

The Wayne State College volleyball team moved up 12 spots and is ranked eighth in the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.  The Wildcats received a total of 871 points and three first place votes in voting conducted by various Division II head coaches from across the country.

"We set up the schedule to compete at the highest level," said Wayne State head coach Scott Kneifl. "We want to compete with the best teams in the country and that's only going to make us better. We will have some weaknesses exposed but that's a good thing. We think we can come back in the gym, get better and be playing our best volleyball towards the end of the season."

"I think it's what makes us better," said sophomore Leisa McClintock. If we play weak teams, then our level stays at that level. Playing teams that challenge us help us get where we should be."

Wayne State went 4-0 over the weekend defeating previously ranked #9 Indianapolis, #11 Colorado Mines, #1 Concordia-St. Paul, and #21 Wingate University at the 2013 Holiday Inn & Suites Lake Elmo Classic in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Wildcats hit the road again this weekend playing four matches at the CSU Pueblo Tournament in Colorado Friday and Saturday.

  AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 2013 Week 1 Poll: September 9, 2013
                                                                                 2013    Previous
Rank School (First-Place Votes)       Points        Record   Rank
1.             Tampa (36)                           1173       4-0            2                           
2.             Minnesota Duluth (4)          1126       4-0            4
3.             Nebraska-Kearney (1)        1082       4-0           3
4.             Concordia-St. Paul (2)        1035       4-1            1
5.             BYU – Hawai'i (2)               1012       5-0            5
6.             Washburn                             944        4-0            7
7.             Central Missouri                  915        4-0            8
8.             Wayne State (Neb.) (3)      871        4-0          20                         
9.             West Texas A&M                  826        5-0          10
10.          Fresno Pacific                      743        3-0          12
11.          Angelo State                         699        4-0          15
12.          Western Washington          629        4-0          17
13.          UC San Diego                      581        4-0          22
14.          Southwest Minnesota St.   554        2-2            6
15.          Truman                                  498        3-1          16
16.          Wingate                                 457        3-2          21
17.          West Florida                         415        3-1          19
18.          Cal State San Bernardino  375        2-2          14
T19.        Colorado School of Mines 327        1-3          11
T19.        Indianapolis                          327        1-3            9
21.          Regis                                      285        2-2          13
22.          Central Washington            157        2-2          24
23.          Ferris State                           126        3-1          NR
24.          Sonoma State                      104        3-1          NR
25.          Rockhurst                                81         4-0          NR                        
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