The weekly fall sports NJCAA national rankings continue to show a strong presence for the Minnesota College Athletic Conference, as three MCAC volleyball programs were voted into the national rankings and the undefeated football team at Central Lakes College parlayed their 4-0 mark into a #10 national ranking.
The top teams in both the Northern and Southern Divisions of MCAC volleyball have yet to taste defeat in Conference play, with Central Lakes College and St. Cloud Technical and Community College hanging a zero in their respective MCAC loss columns. The Raiders are 7-0 in the North while the Cyclones are 6-0 in the South; the national committee placed SCTCC at #4, 2016 National Runner-Up Ridgewater College right behind in the fifth spot and 2016 NJCAA tournament participant Central Lakes College, at #6. For the full NJCAA Division III Volleyball poll, please click this link.
No college football team in Minnesota has a longer Conference winning streak than Central Lakes College. This week the Raiders beat Rochester Community & Technical College 28-7, equalling their largest offensive output of the season - and more importantly - running their MCAC winning streak to 15 consecutive games. CLC last lost an MCAC contest on Saturday, Octover 31st, 2015 against the North Dakota State College of Science. Currently on the national scene, Central Lakes slipped one spot from #9 in the Week 4 poll to tenth this week. The full NJCAA football poll can be found at this link. The College of DuPage, CLC's most recent non-MCAC opponent, came in at the 18th spot, while Iowa Western sits one rung above Central Lakes at #9.
An additional message from the NJCAA this week was the announcement of the continuing efforts to assist with hurricane relief and recovery efforts, particularly those connected to colleges and communities affected by the hurricanes impacting the United States this fall. All proceeds from the sale of campaign t-shirts and monetary donationes through the #NJCAACares project will be distributed to local colleges and their communities by the NJCAA. The Minnesota College Athletic Conference, with over 150 student-athletes hailing from Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic, as well as several from southeast Texas, notes that it's member colleges continue to work with their student-athletes and families affected by the recent storms. Click here for more on the NJCAA Cares initiative this fall.
For full MCAC Football Stats, Standings and more, visit: http://www.mcacsports.org/sports/fball/index
For full MCAC Volleyball Stats, Standings and more, visit: http://www.mcacsports.org/sports/wvball/index
To Follow Minnesota College Athletic Conference sports in 2017, please go to: www.mcacsports.org
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About the Minnesota College Athletic Conference
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system. The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions. The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.