umhbshieldlogoBELTON – For the first time in program history, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor volleyball team is ranked in the NCAA South Region Rankings, ranking fifth in the first regional ranking of the fall released Thursday.

Emory University is ranked #1 in the South, followed by Trinity University, the University of Texas at Dallas and Berry College. UMHB and U.T.-Dallas are joined in the South Region rankings by American Southwest Conference rival and eighth-ranked Hardin-Simmons University. Southwestern University is sixth and Texas Lutheran University is ranked seventh. The Cru has wins over Trinity, UTD, Southwestern and Hardin-Simmons this season and has played a total of seven matches against teams ranked in this South Region ranking on the year.

The NCAA Regional Rankings are used in the selection process and seeding for the NCAA Division III National Championships. The rankings are based on a number of criteria that include: win-loss record, strength of schedule and opponent’s strength of schedule.

The Cru is currently 22-5 overall and 11-3 in ASC play in the season. UMHB has already tied the Division III era single-season record for victories with six matches remaining in the regular season. The Cru will return to action with home matches against East Texas Baptist University and LeTourneau University on Friday.