The Northwest Bearcat Volleyball team is ranked #13 in the preseason AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll. This is the third time in school history. West Texas A&M is ranked #1, followed by Concordia-St. Paul #2, Metropolitan State #3, Wayne State #4, and Tampa #5. The map indicates a Midwest concentration. Three teams from the MIAA Conference are among the top 17. Along with the Bearcats, Nebraska Kearney is #16, and Washburn #17. The Bearcats open their season this weekend at the Rockhurst/William Jewell Tournament in Kansas City.