Volleyball Maintains No. 1 National ranking

Oct. 18, 2004

SEATTLE-- The Washington volleyball team (15-0, 7-0 Pac-10) remained ranked No. 1 for the third week in a row in the USA Today/CSTV top 25 poll tabulated by the AVCA and released on Oct. 18. The Huskies received 1,623 points and 63 of 65 first-place votes to maintain the top ranking in the nation ahead of No. 2 Minnesota who received 1,508 points.

Washington won road matches against Arizona State and No. 22 Arizona last weekend. The Huskies have won 15 matches in a row and join No. 3 Hawaii (16-0) and No. 7 Ohio State (18-0) as the only undefeated teams remaining in the country. Hawaii received the other two first-place votes in this week's poll.

Washington joins five other Pac-10 teams in this week's poll, including No. 6 USC, No. 11 Stanford, No. 12 UCLA, No. 13 California and No. 23 Arizona.

The Huskies are in first place of the Pac-10 Conference with a 7-0 record but will put that standing on the line this weekend when they host California and Stanford. Stanford is currently in second place of the Pac-10 with a 6-1 record, while California is tied with USC for third place with a 5-2 record.

The Stanford game will be a rematch of last season's NCAA Sweet 16 match in which the Huskies won 3-1 to advance to the Elite Eight for just the second time in school history.

Washington is just the 14th team to be ranked No. 1 for three weeks or more in the top 25. Only 14 teams have been ranked No. 1 since 1982 in the USA Today/AVCA top 25 poll.

The Huskies have been ranked in the top 5 for the last six consecutive weeks, dating back to their No. 3 ranking on Sept. 13.

Washington's 15-0 start is its best since the 1977 squad began the year with a 21-0 record. Its 7-0 conference mark is its best Pac-10 start ever.

The Huskies host California on Friday, Oct. 22 and Stanford on Saturday, Oct. 23. Both matches are scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve.

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