Volleyball Ranked No. 21 in Latest Poll

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Volleyball Ranked No. 21 in Latest Poll

BATON ROUGE — After winning the Mizuno Invitational II last weekend to open the season undefeated at 6-0, the LSU volleyball team moved up one spot in the AVCA/CSTV Coaches poll to No. 21, it was announced on Monday.

The No. 21 national ranking marks the 17th consecutive week the Tigers have been among the Top 25 since being ranked for 52 straight weeks from 1989 through 1993. Last week, LSU knocked off Illinois in five games, before sweeping Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Tigers earned the tournament title with a 3-1 win over Rice.

Florida remains the highest ranked team in the Southeastern Conference, remaining at No. 6 this week after going 3-0 last weekend. Following the Tigers at No. 21, three more conference teams are receiving votes in the poll. Tennessee comes in at 31st, followed by Arkansas at 33rd and Ole Miss at No. 39.

For the season, the Tigers’ only ranked opponent remains Florida. In addition to Tennessee, Arkansas and Ole Miss, LSU is scheduled to face Notre Dame and Tulane, which are also among the programs receiving votes. The Tigers will take on the Fighting Irish in a non-conference match at home on Oct. 23 and the Green Wave in a non-conference match on Nov. 24.

This weekend, LSU will take to the road for the second of three consecutive road trips. The Tigers will participate in the Iowa Challenge in Des Moines, Iowa. LSU beings play against Iowa State on Friday at 5 p.m., before closing out the tournament on Saturday against tournament host Drake at 10 a.m. and Iowa at 5:30 p.m.

2007 CSTV/AVCA Preseason Top 25 Poll

Rank

School (First-Place Votes)

Total Points

2007 Record

Last Week

1.

Nebraska (56)

1496

4-0

1

2.

Stanford (4)

1444

4-0

2

3.

Penn State

1347

3-1

3

4.

Southern California

1310

6-0

4

5.

UCLA

1253

3-1

5

6.

Florida

1187

5-0

7

7.

Texas

1176

2-2

6

8.

Washington

1083

6-0

8

9.

BYU

933

5-0

15

10.

Wisconsin

873

5-1

10

11.

Duke

849

5-1

14

12.

Minnesota

811

2-2

9

13.

Ohio

777

4-1

23

14.

Michigan

628

6-0

20

15.

California

602

5-1

11

16.

Hawai’i

521

3-2

16

17.

Cal Poly

499

3-2

18

18.

San Diego

480

2-3

12

19.

Santa Clara

441

5-1

19

20.

Ohio State

403

4-1

13

21.

LSU

344

6-0

22

22.

Kansas State

192

5-2

25

23.

Dayton

169

6-0

NR

24.

St. John’s

113

7-1

NR

25.

Middle Tennessee

86

6-0

NR

Others Receiving Votes and appearing on two or more ballots
Purdue 67; Oklahoma 59; New Mexico State 57; Texas A&M 43; Colorado State 42; Tennessee 32; Oregon 26; Arkansas 24; Pepperdine 22; Utah 16; Colorado 15; Long Beach State 15; Louisville 12; Ole Miss 12; Notre Dame 11; Tulane 10; Sacramento State 5.