Well, Marquette volleyball got back on a winning track this past weekend after losing to St. John’s. They didn’t beat anybody super important in terms of the national landscape, but that doesn’t matter to the people who wield the pens over at the AVCA top 25 polling.
After just 15 points last week, a low point for the season for the Golden Eagles, they are back up to 31 points in Monday’s brand new poll. That makes them the unofficial #28 team in the country, nestled in between UCF with 63 points and Indiana with 30.
Wisconsin is no longer the top team in the country, merely the top ranked team on Marquette’s schedule. The Badgers lost on the road in five sets to last week’s #2 ranked team, and so the two have flipped spots to make Nebraska #1 and Wisconsin #2. The Badgers still got one first place vote, though.
Elsewhere on the schedule, Pitt stayed steady at #7, Oregon dropped one spot to #9, Tennessee hung around at #12 for another week and Kansas did the same at #14. Purdue moved up three spots to #16 while Creighton fell two spots to #17 after [consults notes] beating UConn and Providence on the road for their fourth and fifth straight victories since losing to Marquette? Okay.
Where were we? Oh, right. Dayton takes a two spot knock down to #18 and Western Kentucky moves up two spots to #23 to round out the rundown of all of the ranked teams that Marquette has played this season.
Shouts to UC Santa Barbara for being ranked #25 in the country this week with 76 points in the polling.
Marquette returns to action and returns to the friendly confines of the McGuire Center this Friday when they host Providence. First serve is set for 7pm Central, and UConn will be in the next night for a 6pm start.