LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2019) — After a 3-1 weekend at the Berry National Invitational including a near-reverse sweep of the No. 1 Emory University Eagles, the Vikings volleyball team shot up to No. 4 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25, a new program best.
The Vikings earned wins over then No. 20 UMHB, No. 14 CNU, and a hot Endicott team. Berry's record currently sits at 6-1 and now boast wins over three nationally-ranked opponents.
In front of a packed Cage Center, Berry welcomed Emory and took the Eagles to the brink. Emory secured the opening set 25-23 in a back-and-forth affair and quickly went up 2-0 after claiming set two 25-22. The Vikings then claimed set three 27-25 and were dominant in set four to force a fifth set. Berry went up 13-9 in the final set, but a veteran Emory team rallied to score the final six points and escape with the win. Berry's Peyton Breissinger was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Vikings travel to the Wittenberg Fall Classic this weekend.
Additionally, Southern Athletic Association (SAA) member Birmingham-Southern continues to receive votes.
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Total Points Adjusted||
|5||Johnson & Wales (R.I.)||1440||5-1||6|
|12||St Benedict (Minn.)||922||7-1||22|
|18||St. Thomas (Minn.)||692||8-0||NR|
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Christopher Newport 164; Washington-St. Louis 164; Gustavus Adolphus 158; Transylvania 136; Heidelberg 114; Birmingham-Southern 105; Otterbein 94; Texas-Dallas 93; Muskingum 73; Wisconsin-Stevens Point 60; Tufts 52; Illinois Wesleyan 45; Johns Hopkins 41; Aurora 37; DePauw 34; Endicott 20; MIT 16; St Olaf 13; Loras 12; Franklin & Marshall 11; Wellesley 8; Northwestern (Minn.) 5; Salisbury 3; Southwestern (Texas) 3
Eleven teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 64 combined points.
Dropped Out: Christopher Newport 14; Washington-St. Louis 25; Gustavus Adolphus 11; Illinois Wesleyan 23