Kennesaw State leaped into this week’s VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll presented by the NIVC, taking the 24th spot. Rice is also in at No. 25.
BYU remained No. 1, but No. 2 Creighton and No. 3 San Diego traded spots.
Cal Poly stayed at No. 4, as did Western Kentucky at No. 5 and Wichita State at No. 6. But Northern Iowa moved up a notch to seventh, trading places with No. Colorado State.
The VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll includes all teams not in the “power-five” conferences (ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12).
The National Invitational Volleyball Championship (Nov. 26-Dec. 12, 2017) will be an annual tournament involving 64 of the nation’s top women’s Division I Volleyball teams. All games, including the semifinals and championship, are hosted by participating schools. Every round is single elimination. The event offers 32 automatic berths, one to each established conference, and 32 at-large berths. The NIVC field and bracket is announced late on the evening of the NCAA Tournament selections. The NIVC is committed to offering deserved opportunities to women’s volleyball programs; the event offers teams an opportunity to get more practices in, to experience playoff-atmosphere games, to play in front of passionate fans and to use their NIVC success and experience as a springboard to the next season.
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Illinois State 22; Portland State 21; Central Arkansas 20; Portland 17; Princeton 14; Pepperdine 12; Southern Miss 11; Towson 10; James Madison 9; North Dakota State 7; High Point 4.
There were 12 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 46 combined points.
Dropped Out: Towson 23;
Previous polls: August 29, September 5, September 12, September 19, September 26
The pollsters: Kristin Belzung, Stony Brook; Keylor Chan, Samford; Dietre Collins-Parker, San Diego State; Dan Conners, UC Davis; Steve Florio, Fort Wayne; Matt Ginipro, Appalachian State; Greg Goral, Campbell; Kris Grunwald, Connecticut; Tom Hanna, Akron; Tommy Harold, Nicholls State; Venessa Hackett Jacobs, Southern; Justin Ingram, UIC; Mike Jordan, New Mexico State; Frank Lavrisha, San Francisco; Steve Loeswick, North Florida; Don Metil, Towson; Kent Miller, Saint Louis; Anna Moreno Allison, Bucknell; Jennifer Petrie, San Diego; Kadie Platt, Houston; Mark Pryor, North Dakota; Dave Rehr, Arkansas State; Kari Thompson, Southern Illinois-Carbondale; Jennifer Weiss, Harvard; Arlisa Williams, Georgetown; Sam Wolinski, Eastern Illinois.