After a strong showing against nationally ranked competition last week, the Winona State University (WSU) volleyball team earned a number-eight ranking by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in the most recent Division II poll. 

The Warriors defeated Concordia University - St. Paul 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18) at the Gangelhoff Center on Oct. 5, handing the Golden Bears a rare home loss. WSU then hosted — and defeated — University of Minnesota Duluth 3-1 (27-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17) to open the 2021 Homecoming festivities on Oct. 8 in front of a raucous home crowd in McCown Gymnasium, home of WNB Financial Court. The next day, Winona State and St. Cloud State slugged it out in a five-set match, the first such contest of the season for the Warriors. The match did not go the way of the Warriors with the Huskies claiming a 3-2 (25-19, 20-25, 27-25, 25-21, 11-15) win, but Winona State finds itself at 16-2 overall and poised to tackle the second half of the always-competitive Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) schedule. 

On the year, Winona State has claimed wins over five opponents that were nationally ranked on the date of competition. WSU defeated Ferris State, number 13 Hillsdale College and number nine Oklahoma Baptist in their first tournament action of the 2021 campaign. As a league, the NSIC remains well-represented in the AVCA Poll, with five teams in the top 25.

This past weekend, WSU beat the number-10 Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs, but fell to the University of Sioux Falls.

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