Volleyball Up to No. 22; Washington Honored

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Volleyball Up to No. 22; Washington Honored

BATON ROUGE — After back-to-back 20-kill performances, LSU junior Kyna Washington was named the Southeastern Conference Volleyball Player of the Week as the Tigers moved up two spots to No. 22 in the AVCA/CSTV Coaches poll, it was announced on Monday.

This is the second-straight Player of the Week honor for Washington, who also took home the award last week. The Houston native helped lead LSU to a pair of wins on the road to open SEC play, sweeping Ole Miss in Oxford before coming from a game down to knock off Arkansas in Fayetteville. Both of those teams have received votes in the poll this year.

Against the Rebels on Wednesday, Washington recorded the second most kills in a three-game match in school history with 24. The outside hitter had posted 22 kills going into the third game before closing out with 24, two shy of Monique Adams’ record of 26 against Oklahoma in 1991. In addition, she posted eight digs, three blocks, while hitting an amazing .378 against Ole Miss.

Coming back against the Lady Razorbacks on Sunday, Washington recorded her third-straight 20 kill match, leading all players with 20 kills in the four-game win. In addition, she led the match with four service aces while recording 17 digs, second best on the team and third best in the match.

For the week, Washington averaged an amazing 7.21 points per game while posting 6.29 kills and 3.57 digs per game. With 44 digs last week, she moved to within 164 of reaching the 1,000-kill mark in only her third season of play.

The No. 22 national ranking marks the 19th consecutive week the Tigers have been among the Top 25, the longest streak since being ranked for 52 straight weeks from 1989 through 1993. LSU has been ranked as high as No. 21 this season after starting the year at No. 23.

Florida remains the highest ranked team in the SEC, staying at No. 6 this week after remaining undefeated at 9-0. The Tigers are the only other team ranked or receiving votes in the poll from the conference after Tennessee and Ole Miss dropped this week.

LSU is scheduled to face Notre Dame and Tulane, which are among the programs receiving votes, in non-conference home matches later this season. The Tigers will take on the Fighting Irish on Oct. 23 and the Green Wave in the regular season finale on Nov. 24.

For the first time in a month, the Tigers return home this weekend to take on South Carolina and No. 6 Florida. LSU will face the Gamecocks on Friday at 7 p.m. and all fans wearing gold will get into the match for FREE. Sunday’s match against the Gators is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be televised by Cox Sports Television on Baton Rouge cable channel 37.

2007 CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2007 Record Last Week
1. Nebraska (55) 1495 9-0 1
2. Stanford (5) 1445 11-0 2
3. Penn State 1363 8-2 3
4. Southern California 1304 10-0 4
5. UCLA 1251 10-1 5
6. Florida 1198 9-0 6
7. Texas 1134 5-3 7
8. Washington 1091 11-0 8
9. Wisconsin 990 8-1 9
10. Michigan 950 12-0 10
11. California 920 10-1 11
12. Minnesota 808 7-3 13
13. Hawai’i 708 8-3 15
14. Duke 638 5-3 16
15. San Diego 590 7-4 18
16. Kansas State 573 10-2 19
17. BYU 504 7-3 12
18. Dayton 426 13-0 21
19. Ohio 390 8-3 17
20. Cal Poly 271 6-6 14
21. St. John’s 257 14-2 23
22. LSU 230 10-1 24
23. Ohio State 197 6-3 20
24. Oregon 126 11-1 NR
25. New Mexico State 115 10-2 NR
 
Others Receiving Votes and appearing on two or more ballots: UNLV 92; Long Beach State 74; Middle Tennessee 54; Colorado State 48; Oklahoma 46; Sacramento State 33; Missouri State 31; Pepperdine 26; Santa Clara 21; Iowa State 16; Louisville 12; Purdue 12; Wichita State 11; Arizona 10; Notre Dame 10; Texas A&M 9; Tulane 8; Illinois State 3.