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Huskers Fall to No. 6 in Coaches Poll Following Loss to Ohio State

November 14, 2022

Nebraska dropped out of the top five for the first time this season following its four-set loss to Ohio State on Sunday.

The Huskers (22-3, 14-2 Big Ten) fell two spots to No. 6 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. The Huskers also fell three spots in the RPI to No. 7. The loss dropped the Huskers out of the three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten with two weeks left in the regular season.

Texas (19-1) remains at No. 1 and received 56 first-place votes. San Diego (24-1) is still at No. 2 with three first-place votes. No. 3 Wisconsin (21-3, 15-1 Big Ten) also received three first-place votes. Louisville (24-2) took Nebraska’s place at No. 4 and received the other two first-place votes.

The Buckeyes climbed to No. 5 after beating the Huskers and Purdue last week. Ohio State swept the Player of the Week (Emily Londot), Defensive Player of the Week (Kylie Murr) and Setter of the Week (Mac Podraza) awards in the Big Ten after its 2-0 showing, while Penn State’s Alexa Markey took home Freshman of the Week.

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Minnesota (17-7, 12-4) held at No. 9. The Nittany Lions (21-6, 10-6) climbed two spots to No. 14 after beating Indiana and Purdue. The Boilermakers (18-8, 9-7) dropped four spots to No. 19 after a 0-2 week.

Northwestern and Michigan did not receive votes with three losses against unranked teams between them last week.

Among Nebraska’s nonconference opponents, Stanford (20-4) remained at No. 8. Creighton (24-3) moved up one spot to No. 11. Kentucky (16-6) moved up one spot to No. 18. Loyola Marymount (nine points, 29th) and Pepperdine (six points, 31st) remain among others receiving votes.

Nebraska remains a game back of Ohio State and Wisconsin in the race for a Big Ten title with four matches remaining. The Huskers will get another crack at Wisconsin on Nov. 25. The Buckeyes play Maryland, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin to close out the regular season.

Nebraska will head to Iowa City on Friday for its final road match of the year. The Huskers swept the Hawkeyes last week in the program’s 300th consecutive sellout.

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