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UF Volleyball Remains No. 1; Ranked for 300th Consecutive Week

By: UF Sports Communications
By: UF Sports Communications

Gainesville, FL - The University of Florida volleyball team is
ranked No. 1 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top-25 Poll for the third consecutive week, the Lexington, Ky., based organization announced Monday afternoon. It marks the 300th consecutive poll that the Gators are among the nation’s top-25, which goes down as the nation’s fifth-longest active streak of consecutive polls ranked.

This week’s ranking marks the eighth time in program history that the
Gators have been ranked No. 1 nationally and the third time this season. Florida was ranked No. 1 for five consecutive polls during the 1996 campaign. The Gators are 16-1 all-time when playing with a No. 1
record.

Florida has played perhaps the nation’s toughest schedule during the
2010 season, facing 10 top-25 opponents so far this year, going 9-1
against ranked foes. The Gators currently boast a record of 18-1 overall
and 11-0 in the Southeastern Conference through their first 19 matches.

The Gators hold the nation’s fifth longest streak of consecutive
weeks ranked in the AVCA poll, as Florida has been ranked among the
nation’s top-25 for 300 consecutive polls, dating back to Sept. 17,
1991. UF has been ranked in the nation’s top-10 in 246 of those weeks.

The Gators are one of just five teams nationally to be riding a streak
of 300 or more consecutive weeks ranked. Nebraska and Stanford are the only teams in the nation to be ranked in all 405 weeks of the AVCA poll since its debut on Sept. 15, 1982.

Nebraska checks in at No. 2 in this week’s AVCA poll, while
California is No. 3, Stanford is No. 4 and Hawaii is No. 5.

The next AVCA poll will be released on Nov. 1.

Florida returns to action on Wednesday when it plays host to South
Carolina. Opening serve is slated for 7 p.m. ET and the match will be
carried live on ESPNU as part of a “Campus Connection.” The match
also will air on WRUF Sports Radio 850 with Tom Collett and Missy
Whittemore.

For all of the latest information on Florida volleyball, please log on
to www.GatorZone.com/volleyball. Follow Florida Volleyball on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/GatorZoneVB and Coach Mary Wise on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/GatorMary.

CONSECUTIVE WEEKS RANKED IN AVCA POLL (ACTIVE)
Team Consecutive Polls Ranked Entered Poll
Stanford 405 9/15/82
Nebraska 405 9/15/82
Penn State 326 11/20/88
Southern Cal 302 8/31/91
Florida 300 9/17/91

AVCA TOP-25 COACHES POLL (WEEK 9 – OCT. 25, 2010)
Rank Team 2010 Record
1 Florida (44) 18-1
2 Nebraska (6) 19-1
3 California (8) 18-1
4 Stanford 16-2
5 Hawaii (2) 18-1
6 Illinois 17-3
7 Washington 16-3
8 Southern California 17-3
9 Penn State 17-4
10 Texas 14-5
11 UCLA 15-5
12 Iowa State 15-4
13 Northern Iowa 20-2
14 Colorado State 19-2
15 Michigan 19-3
16 LSU 19-2
17 Dayton 18-3
18 Oregon 16-5
19 San Diego 17-4
20 Minnesota 15-7
21 Cincinnati 20-4
22 Tennessee 15-5
23 Arizona 15-7
24 Northwestern 15-6
25 Florida State 15-6

Others receiving votes and appearing on two or more ballots: Long Beach State, Tulsa, St. Mary’s (Calif.), Ohio State, Indiana, Oklahoma,
Duke, Purdue, Cal State Fullerton, Arizona State, Ole Miss, North
Carolina, Louisville.


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