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September 19, 2011

Pirate Volleyball Moves To No. 19 In AVCA Division II Top 25 Poll


SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong Atantic State University volleyball squad moved up four spots to No. 19 in the latest AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 poll, released today. It is the highest ever national ranking for the Armstrong volleyball program.

The Pirates (12-0) went 4-0 last week, including notching two wins over nationally ranked foes. Armstrong defeated then-No. 21 North Alabama, 3-1, on Friday for its first win over a nationally-ranked team since 2002, then followed that up with a 3-0 win over then-No. 24 Rollins on Saturday.

Armstrong's 12-0 start is tied for the second-best start in program history, with that 2002 squad, and the Pirates are on a fantastic stretch since midway through last season, winning 26 of their last 30 matches since October 10, 2010.

The ranking of No. 19 eclipses the previous high national ranking of No. 20 for the Pirates, previously attained on November 16, 2004.

The Pirates received 233 points in the latest poll, moving from No. 23 to No. 19. Concordia-St. Paul continues as the nation's top-ranked team with a unanimous 800 points, while Tampa (761) is second, followed by Cal State San Bernardino (727), Nebraska-Kearney (673) and Minnesota Duluth (662). In all, 10 undefeated teams are nationally ranked, including the Pirates.

Click here to view the complete AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll.

Armstrong returns to action on Friday, September 23, traveling to Montevallo for an 8:00 p.m. matchup against the Falcons in the Pirates' Peach Belt Conference opener.


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