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Nebraska Stays at No. 3 as Top Five of AVCA Coaches Poll Remains Unchanged

October 03, 2022

The top five of the AVCA Coaches Poll remained unchanged as Nebraska stuck at No. 3 following wins at Rutgers and at Maryland last week.

Texas (11-0) is still the unanimous No. 1, Louisville (13-1) is No. 2 and San Diego (13-1) is No. 4.

Purdue (13-1, 4-0 Big Ten) remained at No. 5 after another 2-0 week. Nebraska and Purdue are the only Big Ten teams who made it through the first two weeks of conference play unscathed.

No. 6 Ohio State (7-5, 3-1) bounced back from its loss to Nebraska to score a pair of road wins and held its spot. Wisconsin (9-3, 3-1) moved up one spot to No. 7 after sweeping Penn State and pulling out a five-set win against Illinois. 

Minnesota (7-5, 2-2) dropped four spots to No. 11 after losing a five-setter at home to Northwestern. The Nittany Lions (13-2, 2-2) also dropped one spot to No. 13 after the loss to Wisconsin.

Michigan (12-2, 3-1) cocked the top 25 for the first time despite a 1-1 weekend. The Wolverines bounced back from a four-set loss to Ohio State to beat Northwestern in four after earning a sweep at Penn State the previous week.

Northwestern (29th, 14 points) and Illinois (33rd, three points) are among others receiving votes.

Stanford (8-4) moved up one spot to No. 8, Kentucky dropped one spot to No. 19 and No. 20 Pepperdine (12-4) and No. 21 Creighton (12-3) held their spots.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee released its first top 10 on Sunday afternoon and it featured four Big Ten teams plus one of Nebraska’s nonconference foes. The Huskers came in at No. 4 behind Texas, Louisville and San Diego. Ohio State was No. 6, Purdue was No. 9 and Minnesota was No. 10.

The NCAA also released its RPI rankings for the first time on Monday with Nebraska coming in at No. 9. Ohio State leads all Big Ten teams at No. 3 as nine of its 12 matches have been against teams that are currently ranked in the Coaches Poll. Minnesota (No. 10), Wisconsin (No. 12), Penn State (No. 13), Michigan (No. 14) and Purdue (No. 15) give the Big Ten seven of the top 15 in the RPI.

Michigan climbing into the top 25 this week gives Nebraska another match against a ranked team this week as the Huskers will visit both Michigan schools. The Huskers will head to Ann Arbor on Saturday after a rematch with Michigan State on Thursday. 

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