For the third consecutive week, the Butler women's volleyball team moved up in the NJCAA Division II Top 20 national, which was released Wednesday.
The Grizzlies (19-5 overall, 4-2 conference) moved up one spot from 13th to 12th this week. Butler picked up five victories this week and is currently on a season-high eight game-winning streak. After opening the season with a 3-3 record, Butler has won 16 of its last 18 contests.
This past week, the Grizzlies defeated Longview (Mo.) in three straight sets last Wednesday, then went 4-0 at the East Central Invitational in Union, Mo. Butler defeated Lewis & Clark (Ill.), host East Central, Indian Hills (Iowa) and Mineral Area (Mo.) over the two-day invitational.
Butler is one of four KJCCC schools ranked this week. For the fifth consecutive week, Cowley (20-3) is ranked No. 1, while Johnson County (21-5) remained ranked third. Neosho County (19-5) stayed at 18th for the second week in a row.
Butler hosts Fort Scott (10-15 overall, 0-6 conference) on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., then will travel to Springfield, Ill., for the Lincoln Land Invitational. The Grizzlies will open the two-day invite with a 4 p.m. match Friday against No. 6 Lincoln Land (Ill.), who is 20-2 on the season. Butler returns home with a Wednesday, Oct. 16 match against Kansas City Kansas at 6:30 p.m.
|NJCAA Volleyball Division II Top 20 National Poll | October 9, 2013|
|Rank||College||Record||Points|| 1st place
|6.||Lincoln Land, Ill.
|7.||Grand Rapids, Mich.
|11.||Catawba Valley, N.C.
|15.||Central CC-Columbus, Neb.
|17.||Columbus State, Ohio
|19.||Des Moines Area
|20.||Moraine Valley, Ill.
|20.||Bismarck State, N.D.||25-4||3||0||20|
Other schools receiving votes: North Dakota State College of Science (18-2); Sinclair, Ohio (26-3); South Suburban, Ill. (23-7); Kankakee, Ill. (22-10); Waubonsee, Ill. (23-4); Southeastern, Iowa (23-4).
Dropped from rankings: Kankakee, Ill. (17); South Suburban, Ill. (19).