Florida received 29 first place votes and 1459 points from the AVCA according to this week’s poll; Stanford earned 25 first place votes and 1448 points, making these two teams by far the highest rated in the NCAA right now. They both hold on to their spots from last week, as do No. 3 Nebraska and No. Hawaii. But last week’s No. 5 USC fell three places to No. 8, opening up the fifth place spot for California, which was ranked No. 6 last week.
USC’s drop was by far the most significant change in the top 10. In fact the top 10 teams remain virtually unchanged this week; the only exception is Texas and UCLA trading the No. 10 and 11 spots.
Mary Wise, Florida’s coach, earned her 700th career victory during the Gator’s win over Georgia, which marked the 11th straight victory for the Gators, who are 19-0 in conference play and 16-1 overall. Their only loss this season was against Penn State back on September 10. They face No. 21 Tennessee and unranked Kentucky this week.
No. 2 Stanford took down Washington State 3-0 after pushing past No. 7 Washington in four sets, with the final set going to 32-30 before the Cardinal could put it away. Stanford’s only match this week is against No. 16 Oregon.
Elsewhere we see Michigan, 18-2 on the season, continuing to make a case for themselves and climbing from No. 15 to No. 13. LSU, on the other hand, was swept by Ole Miss, giving them the dubious honor of falling the most spots this week from No. 12 to No. 17.
San Diego, on the other hand, had the best gains this week, climbing from No. 23 to No. 19 on the strength of their back to back 3-0 sweeps of San Francisco and Santa Clara.
3-0 victories over both Mississippi State and Alabama pushed Tennesse from No. 24 to No. 21, but will it be enough momentum to carry them through their upcoming match against the No. 1 ranked Gators? We’ll find out on Oct 20 – check back next week for the recap as always!