North Dakota State College of Science moved up two spots to No. 16 nationally in the Week 7 NJCAA D2 Top 20 Poll released Monday evening.
NDSCS (19-6) has won 17 of its last 21 matches, including picking up a pair of wins over nationally-ranked Kirkwood and North Iowa Area CC last weekend in Fort Dodge. Three of the Cats four losses since Sep. 1 have come against teams currently ranked inside the top 11 nationally.
Sophomore All-American Gabby Hahn surpassed the 700-kill mark, making her the fifth player to do so in the modern era. She also recorded her 700th career dig over the weekend.
Parkland (IL) remained at No. 1 nationally behind a 43-1 record entering the week, taking every first-place vote. Defending national champion Coffeyville (KS) comes in at No. 2. Glendale (AZ), Cowley (KS) and Fort Scott (KS) round out the top five.
NDSCS now enters the stretch run of the season with just five games remaining, four of which are Mon-Dak Conference matches. These final two weeks will not only decide the conference championship, but it will also dictate who will host the Region 13 Tournament.
FULL NJCAA POLL: http://njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2019-20/div2/polls