Washburn's impressive 53-week stay in the AVCA national top 10 came to an end as the Ichabods were picked 11th in this week's poll.
The Ichabods went 2-2 last weekend and are 6-2 overall as they fell from sixth place. They had been in the top 10 since the first week of the 2009 season. This is, however, Washburn's 124th straight ranking in the top 25, a streak that dates back to the start of the 2004 season.
Washburn is the third highest team in the MIAA. Nebraska-Kearney is fifth and Central Missouri is sixth. These are the only three ranked teams in the league. The Central Region makes up seven of the top 11 schools in the nation with Minnesota Duluth at No. 1, Concordia at No. 2, Wayne State (Neb.) at No. 7 and Southwest Minnesota State at No. 10. Those four schools are out of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Washburn will continue its 13-match road trip to start the season by playing its MIAA opener Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Emporia State.