The most recent AVCA Coaches’ poll is starting to look very familiar to those of us who followed the men’s 2010 season earlier this year.
The Stanford Cardinal is at the top of the heap again this week, just as the men’s team was for a large part of their season. Their 11-0 record earned them all 60 votes this week, and easy wins over Arizona and Arizona State this week solidified Stanford for another week as No. 1.
No. 2 Florida and No. 3 Nebraska both climbed over the struggling Penn State team, who fell to Big Ten opponent Illinois in five games on Friday. This was the first loss in 65 matches for the Nittany Lions, putting an end to the longest winning streak in conference history. The win pushed Illinois, last week’s No. 9 team, to the No. 7 spot.
Last week’s No. 15 team Oregon pulled out a home court win against former No. 7 Washington, ending a 10-year long drought of wins against Washington at home. The game propelled Oregon to No. 11 and dropped Washington down to No. 10.
The season is just getting started and there’s a lot more volleyball between now and the championship in December, but it’s already shaping up to be an outstanding year. I think it’s pretty safe to say that we’ll have a new champion in 2010, and with Texas’ sketchy performances so far (the Longhorns are still out of the top ten at No. 12, but that’s up one spot from last week) it seems likely that we’ll have two completely new teams in teh finals.