Volleyball Jumps To No. 3 In AVCA Poll

Sept. 13, 2004

SEATTLE-- The Washington volleyball team (6-0) has taken over the No. 3 spot in the AVCA USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Coaches poll. The No. 3 national ranking is the highest-ever in the program's history.

The Huskies received 1,411 votes to just trail No. 1 Minnesota (1,559) and No. 2 Southern California (1,506). Florida (1,358) and Penn State (1,345) round out the top five. Washington also received seven out of 65 first place votes.

'I've never been concerned and I hope I'm never concerned about rankings,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'What I'm concerned about are the pressing issues day-to-day and improving in the areas we need to improve in. If we do that, the ranking in the end will matter. People think we are talented and that's good but we still have a ways to go before we're where we want to be.'

Other Pac-10 teams ranked in the top 25 include No. 6 UCLA, No. 13 Stanford, No. 14 California and No. 15 Arizona. The Huskies will also face Florida A&M this weekend at the Boise State Invitational. FAMU received votes in this week's poll and was just two spots out of the top 25 after upsetting then-No. 2 ranked Nebraska last weekend.

'The reports on Florida A&M are beginning to come in and they are legitimate,' said McLaughlin. 'They have eight Bulgarian players that have a lot of experience. We just need to take care of our game this weekend and not look sideways.'

The Huskies open the Boise State Invitational on Sept. 17 against FAMU at 5 p.m. UW will then face Montana and Boise State on Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., respectively, to finish the non-conference part of its schedule. Washington opens the Pac-10 season in Los Angeles, with matches against No. 6 UCLA and No. 2 USC on Sept. 24-25.

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