Northwest Missouri State continues to rise in the AVCA Division II volleyball poll.

The Bearcats checked in at No. 18 in the latest poll, a jump of two spots after going 1-1 over the weekend.

Northwest debuted at No. 22 three weeks ago and then moved to No. 20 last week after a 15-0 start. The perfect start to the season – tied for second best in program history – ended with a loss to No. 10-ranked Central Oklahoma on Saturday.

The Bearcats play Lindenwood on Friday night in St. Charles before traveling to face No. 11-ranked Central Missouri on Saturday night in Warrensburg, Missouri.

The MIAA still had five teams in the rankings. Nebraska-Kearney is No. 3, while Washburn is No. 17.

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