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Dakota Wesleyan volleyball moves up to a program-best 10th in NAIA top-25 poll

DWU (16-4), which has won nine of its last 11 matches, had victories over Midland and Concordia at home last week.

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Dakota Wesleyan's bench celebrates a point against Dakota State during an NAIA volleyball match on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at Christen Family Athletic Center.
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MITCHELL — The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team moved up to No. 10 in this week's NAIA volleyball coaches top-25 poll, it was announced Wednesday, Oct. 12.

DWU (16-4), which has won nine of its last 11 matches, had victories over Midland and Concordia at home last week, with the Warriors and Bulldogs ranked No. 3 and No. 6 respectively.

The No. 10 ranking is the highest in DWU history after first making the rankings in 2021. The Tigers have been ranked in 10 straight polls.

Eastern Oregon remains the No. 1 team in the nation with a record of 19-2. The rest of the GPAC contingent in the top-25 includes No. 2 Jamestown, No. 5 Midland, No. 6, Concordia, No. 7 Northwestern, No. 13 College of Saint Mary and No. 19 Dordt.

After Wednesday's non-conference match at Dakota State, DWU will play a GPAC match at Mount Marty on Oct. 15 in Yankton.

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The Tigers got 19 points, placing them behind Hastings and Briar Cliff. Defending regular-season champion Midland was tabbed to repeat, receiving 119 points and 10 first-place votes.
With 21 points, DWU slotted in ahead of Hastings and behind Dordt in the rankings. Concordia was picked to win the conference, receiving 98 points and eight first-place votes.
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