Kansas Volleyball Returns to AVCA Poll at No. 23
LAWRENCE, Kan. – After a brief hiatus from the national spotlight, the Kansas volleyball team reclaimed a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll, listed at No. 23, Monday afternoon.
Kansas (14-4, 4-1) went more than a month without a defeat, rattling of 10-straight wins before running into defending national champion Texas on Saturday for a 3-1 loss. Texas, the only other Big 12 school on the list, remained at No. 3 on this week’s poll. The Jayhawks also have wins against No. 15 Wisconsin and Oklahoma, who continues to receive votes.
This marks KU’s first ranking since earning a No. 20 spot on the AVCA Preseason Poll (8/12), following nine-consecutive weeks in the top-25 to finish the 2012 season. The highest ranking in program history occurred almost exactly a year ago when the Jayhawks broke through at No. 17 on Oct. 22, 2012.
On the RPI side, used more weightily by the NCAA Selection Committee, Kansas improved to No. 11 on Monday. The Jayhawks have not been outside the RPI’s top-15 since the 2011 season.
In 2013, Kansas is 2-2 against top-15 RPI teams and 5-3 against the top-30. With more than a month still remaining in the regular season, KU has wins against Wisconsin (No. 14), Oklahoma (No. 15), Arkansas (No. 26), Georgia (No. 27) and Arizona (No. 30). All but five of the opponents KU faces this season are ranked in the top 100.
No. 23 Kansas will hit the road for a pair of long road trips starting on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Texas Tech. First serve is set for 6 p.m. The Jayhawks then travel to West Virginia for a 5:30 p.m. CT meeting against the Mountaineers on Saturday, Oct. 19.
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