Oct. 14, 2013
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Colorado State volleyball team continues to climb the national rankings, moving up to No. 12 in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll on Monday. CSU jumped one spot after two wins last week, and is now one of two undefeated teams in the country.
The ranking is CSU’s highest since the Sept. 29, 2008 poll, in which the Rams were also ranked No. 12 after an 11-1 start to the season.
CSU began 2013 receiving top-25 votes (38th), and has steadily risen each week following a 15-0 start to the season. In the program’s storied history, CSU has been ranked 240 total weeks, more frequently than all but 14 teams in the NCAA.
After wins against Utah State and Boise State, CSU jumped ahead of previously unbeaten North Carolina, which lost to then-unranked Duke last Friday. The Rams and Missouri Tigers (No. 18) are the only remaining unbeaten teams.
For just the second time in eight polls, the No. 1 team retained first place. Southern California garnered 50 of the 60 first-place votes, followed by Florida, Texas, Penn State and Michigan State.
The Rams will now face one of their hardest road trips of the season, traveling to second-place UNLV — which sits a half-game behind CSU in the Mountain West standings — and preseason favorite San Diego State. Both matches can be streamed online for free on the Mountain West Network.
RPI and other rankings
Also released Monday was the NCAA’s second RPI report. CSU moved up two spots, to No. 23. Nine of CSU’s 19 opponents this season are ranked in the top-100, including three Mountain West teams, which CSU will play twice. The RPI is based off of three categories: a team’s winning percentage (25 percent), its opponents’ winning percentages (50 percent) and the winning percentages of its opponents’ opponents (25 percent). Since the formula was created in 1999, CSU is one of eight teams to be ranked in the top 50 each season.
As a team, the Rams are one of two teams nationally (also Stanford) to be ranked in the top 15 in kills (seventh), hitting percentage (seventh), blocks (11th) and assists (15th). Individually, junior Deedra Foss ranks sixth in the NCAA in assists per set (11.87), and senior Samantha Peters is one of 10 players to be ranked in the top 50 in both hitting percentage (.398) and blocks (1.27).
After CSU drew 4,801 fans for Saturday’s victory over Boise State — 10th-largest in program history — CSU jumped up one spot, to No. 7, for national attendance averages. The Rams are averaging 3,146 fans per match, which would be a program record.