With help from losses by last week’s top two teams and an undefeated weekend at home at the Diet Coke Classic, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are the new AVCA No. 1 team. The Gophers were No. 3 in the Week 2 poll and now stand at 5-0, although they have yet to face another ranked team.
Also climbing the rankings and earning a spot in the Top 5 were Wisconsin, BYU and Penn State. The Badgers knocked off then-No. 2 Texas at their home HotelRed Invitational to jump from No. 8 to No. 2. The Cougars jumped from No. 9 to No. 3 after handing then No. 1 Stanford their first loss of the season on Friday and topping Wichita State on Saturday. The Nittany Lions also took advantage of the shakeup, moving up from No. 6 to No. 5 with two home victories.
Stanford remained in the Top 5 at No. 4 after salvaging the weekend with wins over Wichita State and West Virginia.
Falling out of the top group were Texas (from 2 to 6), Nebraska (from 5 to 7), Florida (from 4 to 8). Last week’s No. 7 USC fell three spots to No. 10 after a loss to unranked UCF.
New to the poll on Week 3 are Washington State and Marquette. The 4-0 Cougars check in at No. 23 after a picking up two four-set road wins at then No. 17 Northern Iowa. The Golden Eagles are 5-1 after three sweeps over Kansas State, Western Kentucky and Saint Louis.
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Total Points Adjusted||2018 Record||Previous Week|
|5||Penn State (4)||1289||5-0||6|
|10||Southern California (1)||1076||5-1||7|
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Iowa State 88; Northern Iowa 68; Alabama 30; Arizona 28; Louisville 27; Cincinnati 26; Wichita State 26; Colorado State 21; Oregon State 13; UCF 12; Wyoming 12; Georgia 11; Michigan State 7
Four teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 11 combined points.
Dropped Out: Northern Iowa 17; Colorado State 25