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Monday, October 31, 2016

Kansas volleyball returns to No. 4 in AVCA poll

Kansas setter Ainise Havili (11) pumps her fist during Saturday's win against Texas. The Jayhawks beat the Longhorns in five sets.

Kansas setter Ainise Havili (11) pumps her fist during Saturday's win against Texas. The Jayhawks beat the Longhorns in five sets.

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The Kansas volleyball team finished last season in the Final Four and started this one ranked No. 4 in the country before falling as far as eighth. The Jayhawks (20-2) returned to No. 4 in the AVCA poll released Monday in the wake of Saturday’s five-set victory that ended a 25-match losing streak to Texas.

Texas (17-3), which fell from No. 4 to No. 5, is the only other Big 12 squad in the top 25.

Nebraska (20-1) ranks first, followed by Minnesota (17-4) and Wisconsin (18-3), which means the top five schools in the poll are located in the Central time zone, an indication of the sport’s growing popularity in the middle of the country.

Kansas toppled from No. 4 in the fourth poll of the season after losing a road match to Purdue, then moved to No. 6, where it stayed until Monday.

The Jayhawks resume their schedule Wednesday at Kansas State at 7 p.m.

Comments

David Kelley-Wood 1 year, 11 months ago

Nice to see the return to the no. 4 spot, although that was quite a hit for Texas, going from no. 2 to no. 5 because of a tough 5-set road loss to the 6th ranked Jayhawks.

If having Texas to compete against makes the Jayhawks better, then the Big 10 teams have a distinct advantage, as they have the top three ranked teams in the nation, and 10 of the top 31 vote-getters.

http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/volleyball-women/d1

http://www.ncaa.com/sports/volleyball-women/d1

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