Minnesota remains at No. 19 after weekend split

by Charlie Armitz

The Gophers volleyball team stayed at No. 19 in Monday’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll after losing to Nebraska and defeating Iowa on the road over the weekend.

Minnesota (16-11, 9-9 Big Ten) has now been ranked in the top-25 for 62 consecutive weeks dating back to 2008.

The Huskers, which lost the first set to the Gophers and Wisconsin but rallied to win both matches in four sets, moved up two spots in the poll — from No. 4 to No. 2. Nebraska leads the Big Ten with a 16-2 record, and has clinched a share of the conference championship.

Illinois (7th), Purdue (8th), Penn State (9th) and Michigan (22nd) round out the Big Ten schools ranked in the top-25. Ohio State dropped out of the poll for the first time in 2011.