For the first time since 2013, YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles women’s volleyball team is ranked in the AVCA top 25 poll.
With 165 points, Marquette is the #25 team in the country this week. Colorado sits at #24 with 192 points, while Iowa State is first in the Receiving Votes department but is well off Marquette’s pace with just 88 points.
The question that immediately comes up once you wedge yourself into the top 25 is always “How long can you stay there?” That’s a pretty solid question for Marquette right now, as they will be hosting not one, but two top ten teams at the McGuire Center this coming weekend. #10 USC and their lone first place vote will be MU’s first opponent in the event that they’re hosting, while #3 BYU and their seven first place votes will be waiting on Saturday. Syracuse is also part of the tournament, so if Marquette manages to even go 2-1, odds are that we’ll see MU’s name in the rankings for most if not all of the rest of the season.
If you’re a fan of big time matchups at the McGuire Center, then you’re cheering for #18 Oregon and #4 Stanford this weekend. Why? Well, it’d be pretty fun if the #1 team in the country visited Milwaukee, wouldn’t it? That’s what’s on the table if Oregon or Stanford (or both, I suppose) come away with a win over #1 Minnesota on Friday or Sunday respectively. That would open the door for #2 Wisconsin to ascend to the top spot before coming to the McGuire Center on September 14th. Of course, that means that the Badgers would have to go 2-0 on their trip to visit both #15 Baylor and North Texas. You won’t see me crying my eyes out if Baylor gets the win and UW’s not #1 in the country, that’s for sure.
Elsewhere on the Marquette opponent watch, Creighton moves up one spot to #14 this week, while aforementioned Baylor has slid from #12 to #15. After a big opening weekend with wins over Creighton and Kentucky, Northern Iowa is back out of the top 25. Home losses to Iowa State and now-#23 Washington State twice sent the Panthers tumbling from #17 to right behind Iowa State in the receiving votes area. How’s that for a weird season through six matches?
If you’re not busy on Friday, you can watch BYU vs USC at the McGuire Center with first serve scheduled for 10am. MU’s match against the Trojans is set for 7pm, although it will have to wait for the BYU/Syracuse match to end first. Was it sneaky for Marquette to schedule USC to play a top 10 team in the morning before playing the Golden Eagles at night? SURE WAS. I DON’T CARE. Don’t like it? Host your own tournament with blackjack and hookers.
You can check out the full top 25 poll right here.