Huskies Move Up Rankings; Pick Up 1st-Place Vote
Chaos reigned in the AVCA Top-10 volleyball rankings this past Saturday, after the Huskies had already finished up for the week after a 3-0 win over Washington State Friday night. Saturday saw five of the top-10 teams go down, including No. 1 Stanford and No. 7 Cal each suffering its first losses of the year to assure that no teams will go undefeated this season.
The rough and tumble Pac-10 was given another shake as Stanford fell at UCLA, and Cal lost at USC, both by 3-2 counts. Fourth-ranked Penn State suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since 2002, and dropped to ninth this week. No. 6 Illinois also fell on the road at No. 18 Michigan, and 10th-ranked Iowa State lost on the road at Kansas.
When the smoke cleared this week, Washington moved back up to No. 7 in the AVCA poll, matching its season-high, though UW still sits fourth among Pac-10 teams. Stanford slipped to No. 2, and Florida moved into the No. 1 spot for the first time. Still, there is not much of a consensus, as five different teams are now earning first-place votes, including the Huskies, who picked up one first-place vote.
The Huskies will face Stanford and Cal this Friday and Saturday in the Bay Area.
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