Last week seemed to be a relatively quiet one for the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs, then ranked No. 2 in the nation, breezed to a 3-1 victory over Bemidji State University at Romano Gymnasium Saturday afternoon in their only action since Oct. 2. Thanks to a pair of losses by last week's No. 1-ranked team, Wayne State College, that one win launched UMD back to the top position in the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll, released Monday.
This marks the seventh No. 1 rating in school history for UMD (18-1 overall, 9-1 Northern Sun), the most recent coming just two weeks ago (Sept. 27). Southwest Minnesota State University (16-2, 8-1) rose to the No. 2 spot as Wayne State (16-2, 7-2) fell to fourth in the poll.
Bulldog head coach Jim Boos is not the only family member who is enjoying a No. 1 ranking this week. His younger brother, David, is an assistant women's volleyball coach at the University of Florida, which held down the top position in the most recent ACVA Division I poll.
UMD defended that No. 1 ranking Tuesday night, with a three games to one victory over St. Cloud State University. Esko native Eleena Iisakka had 45 set assists, while Kate Lange of Hibbing gahered 17 kills for UMD.
UMD will wrap up the week with a pair of home matchups. The Bulldogs will welcome Upper Iowa University to Romano Gymnasium on Friday before playing host to Winona State University on Saturday afternoon. UMD went a combined 5-0 against those three opponents last fall.
Courtesy: UMD Athletics with update from NNC
Posted by Joe Dufek