EUGENE – Looking ahead to key home showdowns with Washington State and No. 2 Washington this weekend, the No. 5 University of Oregon volleyball team (14-1, 5-1) claimed its third-ever top-five ranking in as many weeks.

Last week in the Bay Area, Oregon tied its school record 14-win win streak with a 3-1 win at Cal, then lost 3-2 loss at No. 4 Stanford. UO has now staked wins over the Bears in five of the last seven years, while it fell just shy of its fifth-ever win vs. the Cardinal.

UO was one of five Pac-12 schools spotted in the top seven overall Monday with No. 2 Washington, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 USC and No. 7 UCLA.

Among current league rankings, Stanford climbed three positions; Washington held steady; USC and UCLA each fell one spot; Oregon dropped three positions; and Oregon State received votes.

One other Duck foe stood top 25 – No. 19 Ohio State – and California, Kentucky 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. 2-tie Oregon, No. 2-tie Washington, No. 5 USC, No. 6 UCLA and No. 7 Stanford.

Overall during head coach Jim Moore’s eight-year tenure, Oregon has now been ranked top 25 for 82 editions (2012-8; 2011-14; ’10-13; ’09-16; ’08-16; ’07-13; ’06-2), including 46 in the top 15, and all 19 of the team’s ever top-10 honors.

Among other news among top five teams, No. 1 Penn State remained in the top spot for the third straight week after it won at Northwestern (3-0) and at then-No. 22 Illinois (3-2). No. 3 Nebraska improved one spot after it won at then-No. 12 Purdue (3-0) and at Indiana (3-2).

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.

This week, UO returns home to host Washington State (10-8, 0-6) and No. 2 Washington (15-0, 6-0) on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 12-13 for 6 and 7 p.m. matches. The Cougar tilt will be televised regionally by Pac-12 Networks, while the Husky match features the nation’s last unbeaten team this week.

Promotions-wise for the Cougar tilt, a host of promotions are planned for Matt Knight Madness / Student Night. Kids get $1 G.A. tickets and adults G.A. tix are $3. The first 100 UO students get free pizza, and raffle tickets for MKA prizes (shoes, jackets, etc.) and Pit Crew shirts will be available. University students also get double points for the Duck fan rewards program.

For Saturday’s Youth Night promotion vs. Washington, kids can again get $1 G.A. tickets, and adults G.A. tix are $3. Fans can bring tickets from the Washington football game this past weekend to get $1 G.A. volleyball tickets. 200 Free Mac to Matt T-shirts will be given away along with an iPad. Season ticket holders can get a free coffee cup, and Duck trading cards will be given away for the first time.



AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll
Week #7: October 8, 2012
1    Penn State (47)    1482    16-1    1
*2    Washington (12)    1444    15-0    T-2
3    Nebraska    1318    13-2    4
*4    Stanford    1283    14-2    7
>5    Oregon (1)    1269    14-1    T-2
*6    USC    1220    16-2    5
*7    UCLA    1200    12-3    6
8    Hawai’i    1050    14-2    8
9    Texas    1038    13-3    9
10    Minnesota    956    14-3    10
11    Florida    863    13-2    11
12    Florida State    784    14-2    13
13    San Diego    773    14-2    15
14    Kansas State    701    16-2    14
15    Louisville    631    16-2    17
16    BYU    622    16-1    16
17    Purdue    519    13-4    12
18    Dayton    427    12-4    18
*19    Ohio State    406    13-5    19
20    Western Kentucky    344    20-3    20
21    Kansas    214    16-2    24
22    Illinois    185    8-8    21
23    Iowa State    173    9-6    22
24    Pepperdine    161    11-7    23
25    Michigan State    152    15-3    25

Others Receiving Votes
(and appearing on two or more ballots): Texas A&M 94; Miami (FL) 48; *St. Mary’s (Ca.) 25; Marquette 22; Arkansas 19; Tennessee 19; Oklahoma 17; North Carolina 11; *Oregon State 11; *Kentucky 6; Michigan 3; Creighton 2; N.C. State 2

Two schools were listed on only one ballot for a total of six combined points.

Next poll: October 15, 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;  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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