EUGENE – After the No. 3 University of Oregon volleyball team (16-1, 7-1) beat No. 5 Washington and Washington State in the same weekend for the third straight season, it improved two positions Monday in the eighth AVCA Coaches Poll of the season.

Last week, then-No. 5 UO swept WSU for its 13th straight series win, then topped the nation's last unbeaten team with its 3-1 win over then-No. 2 Washington.

It was the fourth straight year that the Ducks have edged the Huskies, and a third straight home series win for the first time since the start of Pac-12 play in 1986 (while those four outcomes also ended a 17-match UW series winning streak from 2001-08).

UO was one of five Pac-12 schools spotted in the top seven overall Monday with No. 2 Stanford, No. 5 Washington, No. 6 UCLA and No. 7 USC.

Among current league rankings, Stanford and UCLA climbed two and one positions; USC and Washington dropped one and three spots; and Oregon State again received votes.

One other Duck foe stood top 25 – No. 20 Ohio State – and California, Kentucky and St. Mary’s have picked up votes in current or previous editions.

For comparison’s sake, last week’s Pac-12 rankings follow: No. 2 Washington, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Oregon, No. 6 USC and No. 7 UCLA.

Overall during head coach Jim Moore’s eight-year tenure, Oregon has now been ranked top 25 for 83 editions (2012-9; 2011-14; ’10-13; ’09-16; ’08-16; ’07-13; ’06-2), including 47 in the top 15, and all 20 of the team’s ever top-10 honors. UO has also scored three, top-three rankings the past month with its No. 2 rankings in the fifth and sixth editions of the year.

Among other news among top five teams:
- No. 1 Penn State remained in the top spot for the fourth straight week after it won at home versus then-No. 17 Purdue (3-0) and Indiana (3-1).
- In its second week in the top five this year, No. 2 Stanford won at home vs. then-No. 6 USC (3-0) and vs. then-No. 7 UCLA (3-2).
- No. 4 Nebraska fell one spot although it won at home vs. Wisconsin (3-0) and then-No. 10 Minnesota (3-1).

The complete poll follows at the bottom of this article, and is also available at the AVCA website at the http://www.avca.org/divisions/division-one-women/polls/ URL address.

This weekend, UO begins its first of four straight road matches, and plays at Arizona (11-8, 3-5) and Arizona State (13-8, 2-6), Friday-Saturday, October 19-20. Next week, UO then plays at Colorado (13-7, 3-5) and Utah (11-10, 2-6), Fri.-Sun., Oct. 26-28.

Looking ahead to November, Oregon’s next home action will be vs. California and No. 2 Stanford, Fri.-Sun., Nov. 2-4 at 6 and 1 p.m., respectively.

Duck fans can tune in to watch five of its six next matches on Pac-12 Networks, with the Wildcat, Buffalo, Golden Bear and Cardinal tilts televised on the Pac-12 Oregon Network, and the Ute contest on the Pac-12 National Network.


AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll

Week #8: October 15, 2012

Rank    School (1st-Place Votes)    Points    W-L    Prev.
1    Penn State (55)    1490    18-1    1
*2    Stanford (2)    1380    16-2    4
>3    Oregon (3)    1374    16-1    5
4    Nebraska    1348    15-2    3
*5    Washington    1295    16-1    2
*6    UCLA    1169    13-4    7
*7    USC    1152    17-3    6
8    Texas    1054    15-3    9
9    Hawai’i    1037    15-2    8
10    Minnesota    941    15-4    10
11    Florida    882    15-2    11
12    Florida State    801    16-2    12
13    San Diego    791    16-2    13
14    Kansas State    701    17-2    14
15    Louisville    642    18-3    15
16    BYU    626    18-1    16
17    Purdue    521    14-5    17
18    Dayton    462    15-4    18
19    Western Kentucky    367    22-3    20
*20    Ohio State    342    14-6    19
21    Kansas    259    17-3    21
22    Iowa State    201    10-6    23
23    Pepperdine    185    14-7    24
24    Miami (FL)    104    16-3    27
25    Illinois    71    9-9    22

Others Receiving Votes (and appearing on two or more ballots): *Kentucky 48; Marquette 41; *St. Mary’s (Ca.) 39; Michigan 33; Tennessee 32; Texas A&M 32; Creighton 22; North Carolina 14; Michigan State 11; Oklahoma 11; *Oregon State 10; N.C. State 2


* = Duck opponents in 2012



Dropped Out:  Michigan State 25

Next poll: October 22, 2012
 
 

*NOTE: A complete listing of the Ducks' string of top-25 rankings under Moore follows: *2012: Preseason – 20th; 8/27 – 17th; 9/4 -13th; 9/10 – 9th; 9/17 – 8th; 9/23 – 2nd; 10/2 – 2nd; 10/9 – 5th; 10/16 – 3rd;   2011 (13 weeks): 8/29 – 16th; 9/5 – 16th; 9/12 – 16th; 9/19 – 15th; 9/26 – 15th; 10/3 – 15th; 10/10 – 16th; 10/17 – 18th; 10/24 – 16th; 10/31 – 20th; 11/7 – 20th; 11/14 - 15th; 11/21 – 13th; 12/20 – 24th. *2010 (13): Preseason – 20th, 8/30 – 18th; 9/6 – 19th; 9/13 – 16th; 9/20 – 15th; 9/27 – 11th; 10/4 – 13th; 10/11 – 17th; 10/18 – 16th; 10/25 – 18th; 11/1 – 20th; 11/15 – 23rd; 11/22 – 24th.  *2009 (16): Preseason - 14th, 8/31 - 14th, 9/7 - 12th, 9/14 - 14th; 9/21 - 7th; 9/28 – 7th; 10/5 – 11th; 10/12 - 15th; 10/19 – 12th; 10/26 – 15th; 11/2 – 14th; 11/9 – 16th; 11/16 – 18th; 11/23 – 18th; 11/30 – 17th; 12/22 – 18th.  *2008 (16): Preseason - 11th; 9/2 - 13th; 9/9 - 12th; 9/17 - 12th; 9/24 - 11th; 9/30 - 11th; 10/6 - 7th; 10/13 - 6th; 10/20 - 7th; 10/27 - 7th; 11/3 - 8th; 11/10 - 8th; 11/17 - 8th; 11/24 - 8th; 12/1 - 7th; 12/23 - 9th. *2007 (13): 9/18 24th; 9/25 21st; 10/1 – 19th; 10/8 – 19th; 10/15 – 19th; 10/22 – 19th; 10/29 - 19th; 11/5 – 20th; 11/12 - 14th; 11/19 - 13th; 11/26 - 13th; 12/3 - ninth; 12/10 - ninth. *2006 (2): 10/30 24th; 11/6 24th.


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