EUGENE – The No. 17 University of Oregon volleyball team (15-3, 3-3) extended its program record run in the national rankings in the seventh American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Top 25 Poll released Monday.

Enjoying its 53rd straight week in the top 25, No. 17 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 USC (14-2) jumped three spots, No. 7 Washington (15-1) and No. 10 UCLA (12-4) both climbed two positions; No. 6 California (15-1) improved one spot; No. 2 Stanford (14-1) dropped a position; and No. 25 Arizona (14-4) rejoined the polls for the first time since the second edition of the campaign.

Among other poll notes, No. 1 Florida (14-1) moved atop the rankings after sweeps at Alabama and Mississippi State, while the former No. 1 Cardinal dropped a spot after it lost 3-2 at No. 10 UCLA and won 3-1 at No. 5 USC.

No. 3 Nebraska (16-1) and No. 4 Hawai’i (14-1) remained the same, and No. 5 USC returned to the top five after a 3-2 win that ended Cal’s unbeaten run and 3-1 loss at home to Stanford.

The Ducks have been ranked 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. 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.

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, UO topped ASU, 3-1, for its fifth straight win over the Sun Devils, and lost 3-2 to No. 25 Arizona. The latter outcome ended a eight-match home win streak that dated back to a 0-2 comeback vs. then-No. 7 UCLA last November on Senior Night.

Looking ahead to this weekend, Oregon hosts Oregon State (8-12, 1-5) on Friday, Oct. 15 - the last McArthur Court meeting in the most prolific volleyball series in Oregon history.

The 7 p.m. match is a Buy 1, Get 1 Night, and fans that show their Bi-Mart card at the ticket window for the OSU match get a free ticket to the Cal match two weeks later (Sat., 10/30, 7pm).


AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll #7 (10/11)
Rk    School (1st Place Vts)    Points    W-L    Prev
1    Florida (25)    1454    14-1    2
*2    Stanford (22)    1441    14-1    1
3    Nebraska (10)    1400    16-1    3
4    Hawai’i (2)    1297    14-1    4
*5    Southern California    1200    14-2    8
*6    California    1175    15-1    7
*7    Washington (1)    1157    15-1    9
8    Illinois    1092    13-3    6
9    Penn State    1017    13-4    4
*10    UCLA    963    12-4    12
11    Texas    888    10-5    11
12    LSU    721    16-1    15
13    Iowa State    709    11-4    10
14    Northern Iowa    691    16-2    14
15    Michigan    671    16-2    18
16    Colorado State    592    15-2    17
^17    Oregon    547    15-3    13
18    Dayton    474    15-3    19
19    Minnesota    420    14-4    16
20    Northwestern    360    15-2    24
21    Cincinnati    317    17-3    21
22    Florida State    264    13-3    20
23    San Diego    207    13-4    23
24    Tennessee    166    13-4    22
*25    Arizona    98    14-4    NR

Others Receiving Votes (and appearing on two or more ballots): Duke 48; Purdue 43; Long Beach State 21; Oklahoma 14; St. Mary's (Calif.) 13; Middle Tennessee 9; Tulsa 6; North Carolina 4; Indiana 3; Pacific 3

Five schools were listed on only one ballot for a total of 15 points.

Dropped Out: St. Mary’s (Calif.) (25)

Next poll: October 18, 2010


* = Duck opponents in 2010

 

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