The top four – BYU, Stanford, Minnesota and Penn State – remained the same in the AVCA Top 25 poll, but the Cardinal did pick up two additional first place votes on Week 9. New to the poll on Week 9 are Missouri, which jumped in at No. 24 with a five-set upset win over then No. 11 Florida on Sunday, and UCF, which garnered its first ever AVCA ranking at No. 25.
Illinois made a jump back into the top five following a wild week of play.
Fresno State’s Madelyn Halteman and Colorado State’s Kirstie Hillyer earned the Mountain West Women’s Volleyball Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors.
After week 8, the midway point of some conference seasons, here’s a look at the NCAA Division I statistical leaders.
Illinois remains steady at third in the latest RPI where the top three is the same and the rest is mostly shuffled.
Penn State jumped back into the AVCA Top 5, climbing five spots to No. 4 after topping No. 17 Purdue and No. 5 Nebraska. An upset in the Big 12, dropped Texas from No. 4 to No. 8 and earned the victor, Kansas, a spot in the poll at No. 22.
Behind the return of Nia Reed, Penn State spikes up the rankings into the top five.
The Mountain West Conference announced today that Colorado State’s Paulina Hougaard-Jensen and Fresno State’s Haile Watson have been selected as the MW Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week
San Diego State entered the Mountain West Conference slate with a 1-14 mark and a 10-match losing streak. Though picked to finish 3rd in the preseason conference poll along with Boise State with 75 points, that result seemed to be a tall order for the Aztecs.