Oct. 28, 2013
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LEXINGTON, Ky. – With two wins last week, the undefeated Colorado State Rams are again on the rise, moving into the top 10 of the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll for the first time in nine years.
Coaches selected CSU No. 9 in the nation, jumping ahead of Minnesota, Hawai’i and Michigan State. It is CSU’s first time ranked in the top 10 since the Nov. 29, 2004 poll, when the Rams entered the NCAA tournament ranked No. 9 with a 26-3 record.
"We're in this position because we're undefeated," Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. "We have to stay humble and go win the next match. There is no selfishness on this team. No one feels like they have to prove something, they just go out and play great volleyball."
While it has been nearly a decade since CSU was in the top 10, the program has a strong history of being among the best in the nation. CSU has been ranked more frequently than all but 14 teams in NCAA history, and earned a spot in the top 10 for the 59th total time on Monday, a number that ranks 19th among all programs.
All-time, CSU is 418-125 as a ranked team, including 113-23 while in the top 10. For a complete list of each top-10 ranking, click here.
The Rams began the season receiving 15 points in the preseason poll, good for 38th. With each win, however, the team has continued to climb the rankings, cracking the top 25 on Sept. 16.
CSU and Missouri are the only two unbeaten teams in the country. The Rams’ 19-0 start is their second-best, one win shy of tying the program record set in 2001. CSU has won 18 straight home matches (tied for fourth) and 12 consecutive true road wins, a program record. CSU returns to action this week at Boise State (Thursday, 7 p.m. MT) and Utah State (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. MT). The Aggies are tied for second place in the Mountain West. Both matches can be streamed for free through the Mountain West Network.