EUGENE – Sporting its seventh top-five ranking this season, the University of Oregon volleyball team (20-3, 11-3) was tabbed fourth in Monday’s 11th AVCA Coaches Poll of the season.

Coming off a No. 2 ranking last week, UO dropped two positions from its all-time high after it dropped home matches to No. 1 Stanford (3-0) and California (3-2) in front of the second- and 20th-biggest crowds in school history (5,007 / 2,011).

UO was one of five Pac-12 schools spotted in the top eight overall Monday with No. 1 Stanford, No. 5 Washington, No. 6 UCLA and No. 8 USC.

Among those five teams, Stanford, remained the same this week; Washington climbed three spots; UCLA fell one position; and Oregon and USC both dropped two spots.

One other Duck foe stood top 25 – No. 15 Ohio State – and California, Kentucky, Oregon State 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. 1 Stanford, No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 USC and No. 8 Washington.

Overall during head coach Jim Moore’s eight-year tenure, Oregon has now been ranked top 25 for 86 editions (2012-12; 2011-14; ’10-13; ’09-16; ’08-16; ’07-13; ’06-2), including 50 in the top 15, and all 23 of the team’s ever top-10 honors. UO has also scored five, top-three rankings the past seven weeks with its No. 2 rankings in the fifth, sixth and 10th editions of the year, and third-place pollings in the eighth and ninth installments.

Among other poll news:
- No. 1 Stanford repeated as the top team in the nation for the second straight week after it also won 3-0 at Oregon State.
- No. 2 Penn State improved one position after its wins at home vs. No. 10 Minnesota (3-1) and Wisconsin (3-0).
- No. 3 Texas jumped four positions after it won 3-0 at both TCU and at then-No. 16 Kansas State.
- The former No. 4 – Nebraska – dropped to No. 9 after it lost 3-2 at both Michigan and Michigan State.
- No. 5 Washington won 3-0 at home vs. Colorado and came back from an 0-2 deficit vs. Utah to win in five sets in Seattle.
- No. 6 UCLA lost 3-0 at Arizona and won 3-1 at Arizona State.
- No. 8 USC also split in the desert with a 3-1 win at Arizona and 3-0 loss at ASU.

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.

With three weeks of the regular season left, UO remains at home to welcome its desert rivals this weekend. Oregon first faces Arizona State (16-11, 5-9) on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., then takes on Arizona (13-12, 5-9) on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.

Against the Sun Devils, fans that wear a KIDSPORTS t-shirt will get discounted G.A. tickets ($1 youth; $5 adults). Against the Wildcats, the BI-MART 2-for-1 Night promotion means that fans that show a BI-MART card at the door will get two G.A. tickets for the price of one.

Duck fans can also watch both of those matches streamed live on the Pac-12 website at the www.pac-12.com/live/goducks.aspx URL address.


AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll

Week #11: November 5, 2012

Rank    School (1st-Place Votes)    Points    W-L    Prev.
*1    Stanford (60)    1500    22-2    1
2    Penn State     1436    23-2    3
3    Texas    1343    20-3    7
>4    Oregon    1272    20-3    2
5    Washington    1195    19-4    8
*6    UCLA    1163    18-5    5
7    Hawai’i    1143    21-2    9
*8    USC    1098    22-4    6
9    Nebraska    1050    18-5    4
10    Minnesota    1038    20-5    10
11    Louisville    890    23-3    12
12    Dayton    746    22-4    14
13    Florida State    718    22-3    11
14    BYU    676    23-2    17
*15    Ohio State    631    18-8    15
16    Florida    617    19-4    13
17    Kansas State    547    20-4    16
18    Western Kentucky    463    28-3    19
19    San Diego    423    18-5    18
20    Iowa State    363    15-7    21
21    Purdue    313    18-7    22
22    North Carolina    187    21-4    NR
23    Kansas    172    20-5    20
24    Pepperdine    159    18-8    24
25    Creighton    80    22-3    NR

Others Receiving Votes (and appearing on two or more ballots): *Kentucky 63; Miami (FL) 57; Marquette 49; *St. Mary’s (CA) 43; Tennessee 38; Texas A&M 7

Three schools were listed on only one ballot for a total of 19 combined points.

Dropped Out: Miami (FL) 23; St. Mary’s (CA) 25

Next poll: November 12, 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; 10/22 – 3rd; 10/29 2nd; 11/6 – 4th;   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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