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Volleyball ranked in top 25 for first time since 2008


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Sept. 9, 2013

MADISON, Wis. - For the first time since 2008, the Wisconsin volleyball team (6-0) is ranked in the top 25 of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches poll. The Badgers receive 142 points to enter the poll at No. 25, the AVCA announced today.

"We don't focus a whole lot on the rankings," said first-year head coach Kelly Sheffield. "We want to focus on how we play and getting better from week to week. It we do that, then we're going to win our share of matches and the rankings will come. We have a long ways to go this season and a lot of matches to be played. We have to get a whole lot better and that's where our energies are right now."

The last time Wisconsin was ranked among the top 25 teams in the country was Oct. 27, 2008, when the team was 25th. The Badgers entered the 2008 season ranked 13th but dropped out of the poll by the end of the year.

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The Big Ten Conference dominates the poll with nine teams in the top 25. Penn State (3-1) drops to third after spending last week at No. 1. Minnesota (7-0) and Michigan (5-0) remain at fourth and seventh, respectively, for the second straight week. Nebraska (4-1) moves up one spot to 12th while Ohio State (6-0) takes a 10-position jump to 13th.  Illinois (3-2) jumps up four spots to 18th while Purdue (3-2) stays at No. 22.

"Nine teams ranked in the top 25, that's crazy," said Sheffield. "That shows how strong this conference is in a snapshot. It's a long season and it would be nice if nine teams are ranked in the top 25 at the end of the season."

The Badgers open the 2013 home season this Friday-Saturday by hosting the 22nd-annual InnTowner Invitational in the UW Field House. Wisconsin takes on Kansas (4-2), Milwaukee (3-3) and Bowling Green (1-4) in the round-robin tournament.

 AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll -  Sept, 9, 2013

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2013 Record Previous Rank
1 Southern California (37) 1451 6-0 3
2 Texas (16) 1432 4-1 6
3 Penn State (6) 1386 3-1 1
4 Minnesota 1254 7-0 4
5 Florida 1182 5-1 8
6 Washington 1173 4-0 5
7 Michigan 1167 5-0 7
8 Stanford 1097 2-2 2
9 San Diego (1) 1042 4-1 14
10 Hawai'i 1023 5-1 9
11 UCLA 841 5-1 10
12 Nebraska 758 4-1 13
13 Ohio State 704 6-0 23
14 Illinois 659 3-2 18
15 Michigan State 582 5-1 20
16 Florida State 529 4-2 15
17 Iowa State 517 4-2 11
18 North Carolina 434 6-0 24
19 Kentucky 352 4-2 21
20 Oregon 284 3-3 12
21 Western Kentucky 261 4-3 16
22 Purdue 253 3-2 22
23 California 220 5-0 NR
24 Creighton 180 4-1 19
25 Wisconsin 142 6-0 NR

Others Receiving Votes:  Colorado State 125; Arizona State 98; Oklahoma 85; Ohio 58;
Louisville 43; Kansas State 31; BYU 23; Texas A&M 22; Miami (FL) 21; St. Mary's (CA) 17;
Cal State Northridge 14

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