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Ducks Improve to No. 16 in AVCA Poll #8
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 10/18/2010
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EUGENE – The No. 16 University of Oregon volleyball team (16-3, 4-3) climbed a position(s) for the fifth time this season in the eighth American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Top 25 Poll released Monday.

Enjoying its 54th straight week in the top 25, No. 16 UO stood as the sixth-highest of seven Pac-10 teams sighted, and overall has been ranked between 11th and 20th this season.

Compared to last week, No. 5 California (17-1) improved a position; No. 2 Stanford (16-1), No. 7 Washington (15-3) and No. 25 Arizona held steady; and No. 8 USC (15-3) and No. 11 UCLA (13-5) dropped three and one spots, respectively.

Among other poll notes, No. 1 Florida (16-1) remained atop the rankings for the second straight week, and the next three teams all remained the same – No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Nebraska (17-1) and No. 4 Hawai’i (17-1).

No. 5 Cal won 3-0 and 3-1 at home over No. 7 Washington and WSU to join the top five for the first time this season. Last week’s No. 5, USC (15-3) lost at ASU, 3-1, and won at No. 25 Arizona, 3-2.

The Ducks have been ranked consecutively for more than three seasons, a stretch that has included 14 combined top-10 appearances in 2007, ’08 and ’09, and an all-time high position of sixth.

Before the arrival of sixth-year head coach Jim Moore, Oregon’s previous longest poll streak was a 28-week run from 1986-88 (with a previous program high of 11th three times in that span).

A complete listing of the Ducks' string of top-25 rankings under Moore follows: 2010: 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. 2009: 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: 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: 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.

Before the current run, UO was also ranked 24th twice the season before in 2006 – his second in Eugene – in late October and early November.

More information on the AVCA and its polls are available at the www.AVCA.org website at the http://www.avca.org/divisions/division-one-women/polls URL address.

Last weekend at home, then-No. 17 Oregon swept Oregon State (8-13, 1-6) for the sixth time under Moore, and raised its series record to 8-3 in that span. In the final Mac Court meeting in the teams’ most prolific series, UO won 25-15, 25-12, 25-16 and extended its edge in the series to 62-41-1 all-time.

Looking ahead to this weekend, No. 16 Oregon hits the midway point of the league slate with a trip to No. 8 USC (15-3, 4-3) and No. 11 UCLA (13-5, 3-4) who have combined for six national titles and five runner-up nods among their 19 NCAA semifinal trips. The Bruins also dropped a contest last weekend in the desert to ASU, 3-1, and held on to beat No. 25 UA, 3-2 after a 16-14 fifth-set decision.

Friday’s match vs. the Trojans will be televised tape delay by Fox Sports Net, and more information on broadcast dates will be released later this week.

 

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