Gainesville, FL - On the strength of a 14-1 overall record and eight
wins this season against top-25 opponents, the University of Florida
volleyball team has ascended to the nation’s No. 1 spot in the latest
American Volleyball Coaches Association Top-25 Coaches Poll, the
Lexington, Ky., based organization announced Monday afternoon.
It marks Florida’s first No. 1 national ranking since December 3, 1996,
capping a span of five consecutive weeks during the 1996 campaign that
the Gators held the nation’s top spot.
Florida has played perhaps the nation’s toughest schedule during the
2010 season, facing nine top-25 opponents in their first 12 matches this
season. The Gators currently boast a record of 14-1 overall and 7-0 in
the Southeastern Conference through their first 15 matches.
The Gators hold the nation’s fifth-longest streak of consecutive weeks
ranked in the AVCA poll, as Florida has been ranked in the top-25 for
298 consecutive weeks dating back to Sept. 17, 1991. UF has been ranked among the nation’s top 10 in 244 of those weeks.
Stanford checks in at No. 2 in this week’s AVCA Top-25 Poll after
ranking No. 1 after holding the No. 1 spot for four consecutive weeks.
Nebraska is ranked third with Hawaii fourth and Southern California
fifth. SEC opponents LSU and Tennessee are ranked 12th and 24th,
respectively, this week.
The next AVCA poll will be released on Oct. 18.
Florida returns to action on Friday when it plays host to Auburn.
Opening serve in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center is slated for 4 p.m. ET.
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