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Texas Leapfrogs Nebraska in Week One Coaches Poll

August 29, 2022

After a clean sweep of the opening weekend, Nebraska dropped one spot to No. 2 in the first in-season AVCA Coaches Poll.

The Huskers went 3-0 at the Ameritas Players Challenge in Lincoln, sweeping Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Tulsa and Pepperdine while getting everyone on the roster some playing time.

However, Texas scored two wins over a top-10 team to leap-frog the Huskers, receiving 41 first-place votes to Nebraska’s 23. The Longhorns beat No. 7 Ohio State 3-0 and 3-1 in Columbus to open their season.

Minnesota moved up one spot to No. 4 after beating No. 16 Baylor in four sets and TCU in three. Wisconsin dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 after losing to Baylor in five and sweeping TCU. The Buckeyes dropped one spot to No. 8 after their 0-2 start against the Longhorns, rounding out the Big Ten teams in the top 10.

Purdue went 3-0 against unranked teams and moved up two spots to No. 11. Illinois fell to No. 9 Georgia Tech in three before bouncing back to beat Ole Miss in four and dropped two spots to No. 19. Penn State also dropped one spot to No. 21 after a 3-0 weekend against unranked teams.

Michigan is the lone Big Ten among others receiving votes, scoring 37 points to come in at 32nd after a 3-0 weekend against unranked teams.

Stanford leads Nebraska’s nonconference opponents after moving up to No. 12 following two sweeps against mid-major teams. Kentucky split its matches with a five-set loss to Marquette and dropped five spots to No. 16. Creighton moved up one spot to No. 17 after a 3-0 start to the season. The Pepperdine Waves received votes (enough to come in at 34th) after a 2-1 showing in Lincoln.

Nebraska will welcome Loyola Marymount and Ole Miss to Lincoln for week two.

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