JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State volleyball squad moved up to No. 24 in the latest installment of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top-25 Poll that was released by the organization Monday afternoon.
The Red Wolves received 127 points to go to No. 24 after debuting in the AVCA Top-25 Poll for the first time in school history last week in the 25th spot. North Carolina picked up 199 points to earn the No. 23 ranking, while Missouri checked in with 101 points to come in behind the Red Wolves with the final spot in the poll.
Washington claimed the top spot in the poll with 1,569 points and 42 first-place votes, while USC is ranked second with 1,503 points and 18 first-place votes. Texas (1,472 points), Minnesota (1,426 points), and Nebraska (1,345 points) rounded out the poll’s top-five.
Additionally, Arkansas State is ranked 15th in the PrepVolleyball.com Poll for its highest ranking of the season by the organization.
The Red Wolves found out Sunday night that they will travel to Seattle, Wash., for their first-round NCAA Tournament matchup against Michigan State on Friday, Dec. 4. First serve versus the Spartans is set for 7 p.m. (CT) as A-State is set to make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1999 and fifth overall. Arkansas State is 0-4 in its previous trips to the event and has never played Michigan State in volleyball.
A-State is currently 28-1 on the season and claimed the Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship with a 16-0 mark in league play. The team went on to win the SBC Tournament with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Appalachian State in the finals to earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, the Red Wolves sport the nation’s longest winning streak at 24 matches.