As is tradition, the new AVCA coaches poll for women’s volleyball came out on Monday afternoon, and YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles...... are still ranked #19 in the country. That’s two straight weeks at #19 for MU, the best ever ranking in program history.
The Golden Eagles did earn more points in this week’s poll than they did last week. It’s 501 points in the new poll after just 420 points last week. #18 Washington earned 509 points, so MU was not that far away from a brand new program record high ranking. UCLA came in at #20 with 418 points, giving Allie Barber and company a pretty big cushion.
All the familiar names from the Marquette schedule are still in the poll this week, of course. BYU is still #1 with 60 first place votes and a perfect 16-0 record. Wisconsin slipped down two spots to #8 thanks to a Saturday road loss to Bond Shymansky’s Iowa squad. Our old friend Taylor Louis had 24 kills in that one to help the Hawkeye cause. Creighton keeps on keeping on at #10, while USC goes from #12 to #15 because they got swept by Oregon on Sunday. Baylor finds themselves on the verge of tumbling out of the poll, going from #23 to #24 this week after losing to unranked Kansas on Saturday. The Bears have now lost three of their last five matches, which generally speaking not particularly helpful for Marquette’s overall standing in the world.
Northern Iowa just barely missed out on the top 25, coming in with 39 points to be the unofficial #26 team in the country. MU will be visiting the Panthers in 12 days time, so perhaps they can keep their Missouri Valley winning streak going for the four matches between now and then. Kansas State is officially off the Christmas card list after falling to 0-5 in Big 12 action with a loss to Texas Tech on Wednesday.
Marquette returns to action on Wednesday night when they host Butler at the Al McGuire Center. There’s free Jimmy John’s sandwiches for the first 200 students with doors opening at 5pm for a 6pm first serve.
You can check out the full top 25 rankings right here.