Lady Blues will begin national championship quest as No. 4 team in the nation

The Lady Blues will be one of four top-10 teams when they host the NCAA National Volleyball Championship as they jumped three spots to No. 4 in the AVCA national poll released Monday. The rating matches Washburn’s rating three weeks ago, the highest in school history for the Lady Blues (37-3).

Washburn’s quarterfinal opponent, Tampa, jumped from No. 2 to No. 1 in the country after winning the South Region tournament. In other fourth round matches No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul will play 24th-ranked California (Pa.), No. 5 Grand Valley State will play No. 8 West Texas A&M, and No. 15 Western Washington will play Dowling, unranked but receiving votes. All of those matches will be played November 29 at Lee Arena.

Entering the South Central Region tournament at No. 7 in the nation, Washburn swept unranked West Georgia in the first round and then swept then-No. 8 Central Missouri in the second round. The Lady Blues then beat then-No. 4 Truman 3-1 to claim the region championship.

The Lady Blues have been ranked in the top 10 for the last 11 weeks and they have been ranked 53 straight times now dating back to week one of the 2004 season. They have been in the top 10 in 27 of those weeks.

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