UW Climbs To No. 3 In Latest Rankings

Aug. 31, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Husky volleyball team stepped up one spot in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) rankings, checking in at No. 3 after beginning the year 3-0.

Washington survived what turned out to be a perilous opening week for many of the nationa's top teams. Three of the top-six teams all found themselves on the wrong end of upsets. Previous No. 3 Nebraska lost its opener to No. 16 Michigan, which jumped up to No. 7 this week as a results. Also, Pac-10 rivals California and Stanford each suffered an early-season setback, dropping them to 10th and 11th, respectively.

This is the first time the Dawgs have been in the top-three since the December 4th poll in 2006, right before UW reached its third-straight Final Four.

This past weekend the Huskies earned three sweeps over two days against San Jose State, Seattle U., and San Diego State to win The Invitational At Seattle, Washington. A similar tournament format awaits this weekend when Washington visits the Portland State campus to play Boise State Friday night and then Gonzaga at 11 a.m. and Portland State at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

AVCA Top-25 Poll - Week One
Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2009Record Last Week

1 Penn State (53) 1492 3-0 1
2 Texas (5) 1429 2-0 2
3 Washington (2) 1388 3-0 4
4 Hawai'i 1299 4-0 7
5 Florida 1212 2-0 8
6 Nebraska 1142 1-1 3
7 Michigan 1056 2-0 16
8 Illinois 1036 2-0 10
9 UCLA 993 2-2 9
10 California 921 2-1 6
11 Stanford 904 2-1 5
12 Iowa State 854 2-0 13
13 Minnesota 842 1-1 11
14 Oregon 767 3-0 14
15 San Diego 612 1-1 15
16 Southern California 570 2-1 12
17 Utah 545 3-0 17
18 Kentucky 406 3-0 21
19 Saint Louis 375 2-1 20
20 Michigan State 275 3-0 NR
21 Pepperdine 237 3-0 NR
22 UC Irvine 204 3-0 NR
23 Kansas State 144 0-2 22
24 Purdue 120 2-1 19
25 Wichita State 109 2-1 18

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