Volleyball's Hot Start Earns No. 24 National Ranking

Sept. 30, 2002

AVCA Top 25 Poll (9/30/02)

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- The Arizona State Volleyball team, fresh off back-to-back wins over ranked opponents and off to a 6-2 start to the 2002 season, has earned a No. 24 ranking in the USA Today/AVCA national poll.

The Sun Devils are already 3-1 this year against ranked opponents, beating No. 13 Pacific (3-2; 9/7), No. 11 UCLA (3-1; 9/21) and most recently No. 12 Arizona (3-0; 9/27). ASU is ranked in the national poll for the first time since Sept. 3, 1996 when they were No. 23. The last time ASU finished a season ranked in the poll was 1995 when they were No. 11 and made an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. ASU Volleyball, celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year (1973-2002) has now been ranked 125 times in school history.

In other national rankings, ASU is 10th in attendance with a home average of 1,765 (three matches). ASU drew the largest crowed in recent history last Friday when 3,243 were on hand to see ASU sweep rival Arizona for the first time since 1994.

ASU (6-2, 2-1 Pac-10) makes its first Pac-10 road trip of the year this week at Washington (Oct. 3) and at 19th-ranked Washington State (Oct. 4). Both matches start at 7 p.m. A total of six Pac-10 teams are now ranked in the top 25 poll, with California and Washington also receiving votes.

*poll information courtesy of Bill Kauffman, AVCA*

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