Heading into the 2021 season, Marquette volleyball was earning votes in the preseason AVCA poll. Not ranked, just earning votes, sitting at what would be #33 if it was a top 35 poll instead of a top 25. That was fine. It means some people were taking notice of the Golden Eagles, and you can’t ask for much more than that.
Marquette went 3-0 in the opening weekend of the regular season, including snagging a 3-0 win over Big West favorites Hawaii. The Rainbow Wahine were also earning votes in the preseason poll, coming in at an unofficial #29 in the country. It stood to reason that MU would move up in the world after that three set victory, but the question was: How much would they move up?
Turns out the answer is “A lot!”
Well, okay, tied for being the #25 team in the country this week. Both Marquette and Washington State earned 104 points in the polling to end up tied for the final spot in the top 25, which means it’s actually a top 26 this week. No word on whether or not the AVCA will be paying royalties to CBS Sports and Gary Parrish for this. South Carolina are the #24 team in the country with 149 points, while our old friends at Creighton earned 89 points to just barely miss the top 25.
As was the case in the preseason poll, there are just two ranked teams on MU’s schedule at the moment. Wisconsin held on to their #2 spot in the first poll after the season started, and they picked up 15 first place votes after their 2-0 start. Kentucky, the defending national champions, are at #3 just like they were in the preseason poll. They have seven first place votes after starting out the season with a 3-0 record.
Creighton is the only other Big East team earning votes in this week’s poll, and we already mentioned their spot as the unofficial #26 team in the country. Hawaii dropped from 47 points to just 10 after losing to Marquette over the weekend. I don’t want to tell anyone how to do their jobs, but it would definitely be helpful for MU if the Rainbow Wahine got that going in a positive direction as the season keeps chugging along. We should note that future MU opponent Wright State lost all of their points from the preseason poll after getting swept by Western Michigan on Saturday.
Marquette returns to action on Friday when they kick off Illinois State’s Redbird Classic with a 7pm Central start against Illinois-Chicago. The Golden Eagles will also play Ohio and the hosting Redbirds before the weekend is done.
You can check out the entire top 25 right here.