EUGENE – Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the No. 24 University of Oregon volleyball team (18-10, 6-10) enjoyed its 59th straight week in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Top 25 Poll released Monday.

In the 13th edition of the season, No. 24 UO was one of seven Pac-10 teams sighted, and overall has been ranked between 11th and 24th in 2010.

Compared to last week, No. 2 California and No. 20 Arizona climbed two spots; No. 9 UCLA improved one position; No. 6 USC held steady; and No. 4 Stanford and No. 13 Washington dropped two spots.

Among other poll notes, No. 1 Florida (26-1) remained atop the rankings for the seventh straight week, and No. 3 Hawai’i (27-1) and No. 5 Nebraska (25-2) also held steady. The other change in the top 10 was that No. 10 Illinois (22-6) swapped positions with UCLA.

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; 10/25 – 18th; 11/1 – 20th; 11/8 – 23rd; 11/15 – 23rd; 11/22 – 24th. 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 that run, UO ranked 24th twice the season in 2006 – Moore’s second campaign in Eugene – in late October and early November.

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

This Thanksgiving weekend, No. 24 Oregon wraps up the regular season with 7 p.m. matches at No. 13 Washington (19-8, 8-8) and Washington State (6-20, 0-16) on Friday-Saturday, November 26-27.

The following day, fans can watch the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday, November 28 from 12-12:30 p.m. Pacific Time on ESPNEWS.

Last weekend, the Ducks dropped a pair of hard-fought matches to its top-10 ranked L.A. rivals in its final action at McArthur Court.

Then-No. 23 UO came back from an 0-2 deficit to push No. 6 USC to five sets for the second time this campaign. The night before, then-No. 10 UCLA ended a three-match McArthur Court losing streak with a 3-1 win over UO.

 
AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll #13 (11/22)
Rk    School (1st Place Vts)    Points    W-L    Prev
1    Florida (50)    1480    26-1    1
*2    California (9)    1418    24-2    4
3    Hawai’i (1)    1359    27-1    3
*4    Stanford    1319    22-3    2
5    Nebraska     1273    25-2    5
*6    Southern California    1196    24-4    6
7    Penn State    1156    25-4    7
8    Texas    1097    21-5    8
*9    UCLA    996    21-7    10
10    Illinois    900    22-6    9
11    Northern Iowa    867    29-2    12
12    Dayton    762    26-3    13
*13    Washington    748    18-8    11
14    Colorado State    666    24-3    15
15    Minnesota    614    22-8    19
16    Iowa State    571    19-7    T-16
17    LSU    546    24-4    T-16
18    San Diego    483    23-5    14
19    Michigan    392    23-7    20
*20    Arizona    376    20-9    22
21    Tennessee    289    23-6    21
22    Cincinnati    271    28-5    18
23    Tulsa    170    29-2    24
24    Oregon    142    18-10    23
25    Cal State Fullerton    88    26-5    NR

Others Receiving Votes (and appearing on two or more ballots): St. Mary's (Calif.) 58; Duke 57; Oklahoma 53; Purdue 29; Pepperdine 26; Northwestern 17; Long Beach State 16; Cal Poly 15; Ohio State 14; Louisville 10; Missouri 10; Middle Tennessee 7; North Carolina 3; Wichita State 3

Dropped Out: Northwestern (25)

Next poll: November 29, 2010


* = Duck opponents in 2010

 


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