JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State volleyball squad is ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top-25 Poll for the first time in school history after the Red Wolves checked in at No. 25 in the poll released by the AVCA Monday afternoon.
A-State received 89 points in the poll to come in at No. 25 after spending several weeks on the brink of joining the poll, rising as high as the first team out during the week 11 poll released Nov. 9. The Red Wolves had been listed in the “others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots” category for six consecutive weeks before breaking into the poll at No. 25 this week.
The Red Wolves are listed behind No. 24 Kentucky and were the only new addition to the poll this week. USC is the top-ranked team in the country and secured 55 first-place votes, while Washington is No. 2 and received the other nine first-place votes. Texas, Minnesota, and Nebraska are the schools that round out the top five.
Arkansas State currently sports the longest winning streak in the nation with 24 matches and was able to get to 24 wins in a row by defeating Appalachian State 3-2 in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament finals. The win over the Mountaineers clinched the team’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1999. The Red Wolves are currently 28-1 on the year and were also the SBC regular-season champions with a 16-0 record.
Additionally, the Red Wolves remained at No. 18 in Monday’s Rating Percentage Index (RPI) ranking and moved up to No. 18 in the PrepVolleyball.com Poll.
The team will now wait for its seeding in the NCAA Tournament with the selection show set for Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU.