AUSTIN, Texas -- Riding a season-best eight-match winning streak, the Texas volleyball team has climbed back into the national top 10.
According to Monday's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) weekly poll, the Longhorns are ranked No. 10, the team's highest ranking of the season.
In the last eight weeks, Texas (20-3, 14-2 Big 12) has inched up from a low of No. 23, all the way to the top 10 after earning a preseason ranking of No. 11.
This week's ranking marks the team's highest ranking in the AVCA poll since the Dec. 10, 2004 edition when UT was also ranked 10th after the first weekend of NCAA play.
"The national coaches voting us 10th is a testament to how hard this young team has worked all year," Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott said. "However, we're not going to rest on our laurels, we have a tough Big 12 schedule remaining and we are working hard to prepare for the postseason.
"Our team is focused on giving ourselves the best possible seed for the NCAA Tournament we can," Elliott continued.
The Longhorns are undefeated since Oct. 15, when they suffered a 3-0 loss at top-ranked Nebraska. Since then, UT has won eight-straight matches entering Wednesday's home contest against Texas Tech (6:30 p.m. at Gregory Gym).
During the Horns' current winning streak, Texas has won four three-game matches, three four-game matches and one five-game match while defeating two top-25 teams.
The Horns have now been ranked in 25-straight editions of the AVCA poll, dating back to Sept. 20, 2004 when they cracked the poll at No. 22 after opening the season 10-0.
Texas has 12 players on the roster, but only one senior. A total of five freshmen or sophomores start at Texas, and six are part of the regular rotation for the Longhorns. Two juniors also hold down starting spots.