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Penn State Falls After 109 Wins

Published on September 14, 2010 by   ·   No Comments

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The Mighty Have Fallen

Well, it was bound to happen eventually, and I suppose it’s fitting that it happened against Stanford, the team that handed Penn State its last loss back in September, 2007. Three years ago, however, the loss came in a gut-wrenching 5-game marathon; last weekend in the inaugural Nike Big Four Classic in Gainesville, FL, however, Penn State was swept by The Cardinal.

No, that’s not a typo. Penn State got swept. They lost 3-0, 28-26, 25-12, 25-18. The team that dropped less than five games last year lost three in a row. Ouch.

Stanford also took down Texas, who was ranked No. 5 last week but is now hovering near the bottom of the top 10 at No. 8, with a 3-game sweep, earning them the championship of this weekend’s tournament.

With that kind of performance I hardly need to tell you who now sits atop the AVCA coaches’ poll. That’s right, Stanford is this week’s No. 1 ranked team. Penn State falls to just No. 2, with Florida, Nebraska and Illinois rounding out the top five.

Other Top-Ranked Volleyball Teams

Illinois was ranked No. 3 last week, but a 5-game loss to Nebraska over the weekend dropped them down a few spots. With two All-Americans sidelined, one with an ankle sprain and one with mono, there was a lot of reliance on the bench this weekend. On the strength of their victory the Cornhuskers jumped from No. 7 to No. 4.

Florida lost to Penn State but managed a victory over Texas and climbed from No. 4 to No. 3.

Other top 10 teams are: Hawaii (No. 6), USC (No. 7), Washington (No. 9) and California (No. 10).

Conference play starts this week, so things are starting to get serious. Keep your eye on for coverage!

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