EUGENE – The No. 20 University of Oregon volleyball team (16-7, 4-7) enjoyed its 56th straight week in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Top 25 Poll released Monday.

In the 10th edition of the season, No. 20 UO stood as the sixth-highest of seven Pac-10 teams sighted, and overall has been ranked between 11th and 20th in 2010.

Compared to last week, No. 2 California (20-1), No. 3 Stanford (18-2), No. 7 USC (19-3) and No. 10 UCLA (17-5) all improved a position; No. 11 Washington and No. 20 Oregon dropped four and two spots, respectively; and No. 23 Arizona remained the same.

Among other poll notes, No. 1 Florida (18-1) remained atop the rankings for the fourth straight week. The former second-ranked team, No. 5 Nebraska (20-2), lost at No. 8 Texas in four sets and swept No. 12 Iowa State at home; and the former fifth-ranked squad, No. 4 Hawai’i, swept Boise State and New Mexico State at home.

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. 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 was also 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 weekend, No. 20 Oregon opens the final month of the regular season in the desert against two other rivals that are separated by less than two matches in the Pac-10 standings. UO first faces No. 23 Arizona (16-7, 5-5) on Friday, November 5, then travels to Arizona State (10-13, 4-6), Saturday, November 6, and both matches start at 7 p.m.

UO has won seven of the last nine vs. the Sun Devils, and sports a 4-5 record against the Wildcats the last five seasons.

Last weekend in Tempe, Arizona topped ASU by a 3-1 score to end a three-match losing streak. In comparison, Oregon dropped only its second and third home matches of the season by 3-0 scores to No. 2 California and No. 3 Stanford.

Freshman setter Lauren Plum logged her fifth double-double of the season against the Golden Bears (38 assists, 11 digs) and led the team in the latter category for the second time. Oregon logged its third-highest hitting mark in league play (.278) against Cal, the nation’s second best blocking team. Two starters posted +.400 hitting marks – redshirt sophomore Alaina Bergsma (.444, 11 kills) and freshman Ariana Williams (.462, 6 kills).

The night before, the Cardinal was held to its second-lowest hitting total of the season (.242), and its kill average (11.33 p/s) was also noticeably lower than its second-best mark nationally (15.41). The balanced Duck attack featured three hitters who logged between 6-9 kills and digs – Meyers (9K/7D), Fischer (9K/7D), Bergsma (8K/6D).


AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll #10 (11/1)

Rk     School (1st Place Vts)  Points   W-L     Prev

1       Florida (47)                1480     20-1    1

*2      California (12)             1436     20-1    3

*3      Stanford                    1360     18-2    4

4       Hawai'i (1)                  1311     21-1    5

5       Nebraska                   1254     20-2    2

6       Illinois                        1194     19-3    6

*7      Southern California     1130     19-3    8

8       Texas                        1063     16-5    10

9       Penn State                 1044     19-4    9

*10    UCLA                         972       17-5    11

*11    Washington                885       16-5    7

12      Iowa State                  770       16-5    12

13      Northern Iowa             736       22-2    13

14      Colorado State           712       20-2    14

15      Michigan                    616       20-4    15

16      LSU                           598       20-2    16

17      Dayton                      537       20-3    17

18      San Diego                 486       19-4    19

19      Minnesota                  399       17-7    20

^20    Oregon                      378       16-7    18

21      Cincinnati                   285       22-4    21

22      Tennessee                 245       19-5    22

*23    Arizona                      154       16-7    23

24      Northwestern              107       16-7    24

25      Tulsa                         65         23-2    NR

 

* = Duck opponents in 2010
 

Others Receiving Votes (and appearing on two or more ballots): St. Mary's (Calif.) 50; Long Beach State 44; Oklahoma 33; Duke 29; Cal State Fullerton 28; Purdue 23; Ohio State 19; North Carolina 16; Pepperdine 10; Indiana 7; Ole Miss 5; Florida State 2. Dropped Out: Florida State (25)

Next poll: November 8, 2010




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