The Nebraska Cornhuskers have regained their throne as the undisputed #1 team in the land – a title they held for the first 5 weeks of the season – in the latest October 31st AVCA polls.
The Cornhuskers, one of only two 1-loss teams left in Division 1 (#24 Dayton being the other), has proven their mettle after a small hiccup on the first of this month against Ohio State. In the time since, the Huskers have rattled off 8 straight wins, including 24 of 27 sets they’ve played, against 5 teams ranked in the top 25. That included avenging their loss against Ohio State – this time on the road.
While Nebraska continued at #1, the top 5 saw a big shakeup after the Kansas Jayhawks won their first game against conference rivals Texas since 2003 on Saturday – bumping Kansas up 2 spots and Texas down 3. That means the Big Ten is once again 1-2-3 in the national polls.
The North Carolina Tar Heels, meanwhile, fell out of the top 10 after a 3-2 loss on the road against unranked Pitt on Sunday. That was UNC’s first loss of the 2016 ACC season.
Two new teams joined the top 25 this week – Dayton, who by win percentage has the best record in the country; enters the polls at 24th, while Creighton enters tied for 25th with USC. The Creighton women were ranked in the AVCA’s pre-season polls, but quickly fell out of favor after 6 losses in their non-conference schedule. They’ve run through Big East play at 12-0 so far, though, dropping only 3 sets in those 12 matches.
Only Illinois, after losses to #1 Michigan and unranked Iowa, fell out of this week’s top 25 (which is technically-speaking a top 26 because of the tie). The Missouri women were on the verge of breaking into the top 25, but dropped their first game of the season last Wednesday – a 3-1 road defeat to the formerly-ranked Texas A&M Aggies on the road.
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Missouri 68; Purdue 50; Illinois 37; Arizona 14; Colorado 13; Iowa 9; Texas A&M 4
Seven teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 14 combined points.
Dropped Out: Illinois 24