Volleyball jumps into national rankings at No. 22
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas volleyball team – one of eight remaining undefeated teams in the nation at 9-0 – jumped into the national rankings and is ranked No. 22 in the Sept. 20 edition of the USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Coaches' Poll presented by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The ranking is the team's first of the 2004 season and marks the first time the team has been ranked since the first week of the 2003 season.
Texas has rolled to a 9-0 record overall this season, as well as a 2-0 mark in Big 12 play. The Horns swept the first weekend of play, winning the SMU Invitational with victories over SMU, Cal Poly and Northern Arizona. After a win over Houston, UT defeated LSU, Louisiana Tech and Liberty to win its own Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. The team opened conference play on Wednesday, Sept. 15, with a victory at Baylor.
The team won its first eight matches all by a 3-0 score and set the school record for consecutive games won (24) and consecutive games won to start a season (24) in that span. On Saturday, Sept. 18, UT snapped it's game winning streak when it dropped the first two games to Colorado at Gregory Gym, but the team rallied to win the match, 3-2, and preserve its undefeated record in 2004.
A total of seven of the team's opponents are ranked in the latest edition of the USA Today/CSTV poll, including Florida (No. 5), Nebraska (No. 7), Texas A&M (No. 11), Kansas State (No. 19), Kansas (No. 21) and Colorado (No. 25), who entered the poll despite its loss to the Horns on Saturday evening.
Texas returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 22, when the team hosts Iowa State at 6:30 p.m. in Gregory Gym. On Saturday, Sept. 25, UT travels to No. 21 Kansas for a 7 p.m. match in Lawrence.