Sept. 10, 2012
Complete AVCA poll
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—After three wins over the weekend, including a sweep over then-No. 12 Pepperdine, Colorado State volleyball is again receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll. The poll was released by the AVCA Monday afternoon.
CSU, which began the year at No. 25 and improved to No. 24 after a 3-0 start to the season, fell out of the rankings a week ago after dropping three consecutive contests. Two of those teams are currently ranked.
The Rams received 44 votes this week, fifth-most among schools in the ‘receiving votes’ category. All-time, CSU has appeared in 237 of the AVCA’s 433 polls, 14th-most in the country.
The UCLA Bruins, which visit Moby Arena this weekend, received one first-place vote and moved up one spot, to No. 2. A win over UCLA on Saturday would be the lowest-ranked team CSU has ever beaten at Moby Arena. The current record is against No. 3 BYU, in 1987. UCLA will be the fifth top-two team to play in Fort Collins.
In 2000, CSU defeated No. 1 UCLA on a neutral court, which is the two teams’ most recent meeting.
Nebraska, which handed UCLA its only loss of the season, is the nation’s top team. BYU and Tennessee, two of CSU’s losses, are at No. 15 and 17, respectively, while Pepperdine ranks No. 18. Additionally, Oklahoma, which CSU defeated in four sets on Sept. 2, is receiving votes.
CSU’s only match this week will be against the defending national champions. The Rams will look to improve on their 16-match home winning streak, which dates back more than a year. The match will also be a White Out, with the first 750 fans in attendance receiving free white T-shirts. Card five of the set of 12 collectible trading cards will also be given out.
Last year’s white out, against No. 5 Nebraska, set a Mountain West record with 6,750 fans in attendance. CSU came from behind to beat the Huskers in five sets.
Tickets for the match vs. No. 2 UCLA can be purchased online here, over the phone at 1-800-491-RAMS or in person at the McGraw Athletic Center.