Loss Drops Volleyball to No. 24 in AVCA Poll

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Loss Drops Volleyball to No. 24 in AVCA Poll

BATON ROUGE — After losing their first match of the season last weekend in the Iowa Challenge, the LSU volleyball team dropped three spots to No. 24 in the AVCA/CSTV Coaches poll, it was announced on Monday.

The No. 24 national ranking marks the 18th consecutive week the Tigers have been among the Top 25, the longest streak since being ranked for 52 straight weeks from 1989 through 1993. Last week, LSU fell to Iowa State in four games, before rebounding with a sweep of Drake and a five-game win over Iowa.

Florida remains the highest ranked team in the Southeastern Conference, remaining at No. 6 this week after remaining undefeated at 7-0. Following the Tigers at No. 24, two more conference teams are receiving votes in the poll. Tennessee comes in at No. 40, followed Ole Miss at No. 42.

For the season, the Tigers’ only ranked opponent remains Florida. In addition to Tennessee 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.

The Tigers open SEC play on the road next week as LSU takes on Ole Miss in Oxford on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Tigers then travel to perennial power Arkansas for a match on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. LSU’s next home match is Sept. 21 against South Carolina in the Maravich Center at 7 p.m. Fans wearing gold to the match against the Gamecocks will get in FREE and the match will also serve as the first to two student-point games. The first 200 fans in attendance will receive free LSU volleyball t-shirts.

2007 CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Poll

Rank

School (1st-Place Votes)

Points

Record

Last Week

1.

Nebraska (56)

1496

7-0

1

2.

Stanford (4)

1444

7-0

2

3.

Penn State

1364

6-1

3

4.

Southern California

1303

8-0

4

5.

UCLA

1242

7-1

5

6.

Florida

1207

7-0

6

7.

Texas

1160

4-2

7

8.

Washington

1091

8-0

8

9.

Wisconsin

970

8-1

10

10.

Michigan

870

8-0

14

11.

California

844

8-1

15

12.

BYU

785

6-2

9

13.

Minnesota

705

4-3

12

14.

Cal Poly

697

5-4

17

15.

Hawai’i

636

6-3

16

16.

Duke

595

5-3

11

17.

Ohio

567

6-2

13

18.

San Diego

535

5-3

18

19.

Kansas State

372

8-2

22

20.

Ohio State

367

5-1

20

21.

Dayton

290

10-0

23

22.

Santa Clara

196

6-3

19

23.

St. John’s

136

10-2

24

24.

LSU

111

8-1

21

25.

Texas A&M

104

10-0

NR

Others Receiving Votes and appearing on two or more ballot : New Mexico State 91; Oregon 73; Wichita State 36; Middle Tennessee 33; Louisville 32; Colorado State 30; Purdue 18; Long Beach State 16; Pepperdine 14; Missouri State 9; Tulane 9; Utah 9; Notre Dame 8; Oklahoma 7; Tennessee 7; Loyola Marymount 6; Ole Miss 6.