Women's Volleyball Ranked No. 1 By AVCA and Volleyball Magazine

Sept. 16, 2002

LOS ANGELES -- The USC women's volleyball team -- off to a 6-0 start -- earned the No. 1 national ranking in this week's USA Today/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 poll and the Volleyball magazine Division I Top 20 poll.

The Women of Troy jumped two spots since starting the season at No. 3, thanks to two 3-0 wins over then-ranked No. 2 Nebraska on Sept. 2 and a victory over then-ranked No. 6 Florida on Sept. 6.

Despite not playing a match last week, the Trojans' jump was aided by Stanford's 3-0 loss to Florida at the USA Credit Union Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. Defending NCAA champion Stanford entered the 2002 season at No. 1. The last time USC held the No. 1 spot on either polls was on Oct. 9, 2000. The Trojans were ranked No. 1 by Volleyball magazine for five straight weeks (Sept. 11-Oct. 9), but dropped four spots the following week to No. 5 after falling to Arizona, 3-0, in Tucson on Oct. 13.

The last time USC was ranked No. 1 by the AVCA was on Oct. 16, 1984, following a four-game win over previous No. 1 Pacific. USC completed the 1984 season with a 30-7 overall record and No. 5 ranking.

USC travels to the desert this week to face Arizona State on Friday, Sept. 20, in Tempe and No. 15 Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Tucson.

USA TODAY/AVCA POLL
(Sept. 15)
1. USC

2. Hawai'i
3. Florida
4. Stanford
5. Nebraska
6. Long Beach State
7. Northern Iowa
8. Minnesota
9. Penn State
10. Utah
11. UCLA
12. UC Santa Barbara
13. Ohio State
14. Pepperdine
15. Arizona
16. Wisconsin
17. Texas A&M
18. North Carolina
19. Santa Clara
20. Washington State
21. Michigan State
22. Pacific
23. Eastern Washington
24. Texas
25. Colorado State

Volleyball Magazine
(Sept. 15)
1. USC

2. Hawai'i
3. Florida
4. Stanford
5. Nebraska
6. Long Beach State
7. Northern Iowa
8. Utah
9. Pacific
10. UC Santa Barbara
11. Ohio State
12. UCLA
13. Pepperdine
14. Arizona
15. Ohio State
16. Minnesota
17. Michigan State
18. North Carolina
19. Santa Clara
20. Texas A&M

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