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Creighton Volleyball Earns Highest Ranking in AVCA Poll History | KTIC Radio

Creighton Volleyball Earns Highest Ranking in AVCA Poll History

Creighton Volleyball Earns Highest Ranking in AVCA Poll History

OMAHA, Neb. — Fresh off a 3-0 start that included a road win at third-ranked Washington, the Creighton Volleyball team has ascended to its highest ranking in the AVCA Coaches poll in program history. The Bluejays rose two spots and are seventh in today’s poll, eclipsing the previous best of ninth in the rankings done twice previously.

Stanford earned the top spot in the ranking, just ahead of Minnesota. Florida surged from 12th to third after a pair of top-five wins last weekend. Texas is fourth, followed by Penn State and Wisconsin. After Creighton at No. 7 is Washington, Kansas and BYU.

In other polls released on Monday, the Bluejays are fourth in the PrepVolleyball.com rankings, and sixth in the new VolleyMob.com poll.

Creighton is 35-10 all-time when playing as a ranked team, and 4-6 when facing another ranked team while ranked. The Bluejays have now been ranked in 22 all-time polls, including each of the last eight editions.

The Bluejays opened their 2017 season last weekend with wins in Seattle over Saint Mary’s (3-0), Pitt (3-0) and then-No. 3 Washington (3-1). It was the first tournament title for the Bluejays since the 2014 Bluejay Invitational.

Creighton hosts the Bluejay Invitational presented by First National Bank on Sept. 1-2, which also includes No. 13 Kentucky, No. 18 USC and vote-getter Northern Iowa. All four teams are 3-0 with a victory over a ranked team. Play starts Friday at 4:30 pm when USC meets Northern Iowa, followed by Creighton’s home opener vs. Kentucky at 7 pm. Saturday’s action features Northern Iowa vs. Kentucky at 10 am, Creighton vs. USC at 12:30 pm, Kentucky vs. USC at 6 pm and Creighton vs. UNI at 8 pm.

“It’s going to be the best volleyball in the country,” said Creighton coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth. “Even if you’re not a Creighton fan, you should make your way to Omaha and hopefully you’ll morph into a Creighton fan. Every match will be awesome and our facility should be rocking. It’ll be a blast.”

For ticket information, contact the Creighton Ticket Office at (402) 280-JAYS.

AVCA Division I Coaches Week #1 Poll: August 28, 2017
Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2017 Record Previous Week
1 Stanford (53) 1587 3-0 2
2 Minnesota (3) 1461 2-0 4
3 Florida (7) 1447 2-0 12
4 Texas (1) 1332 1-1 1
5 Penn State 1320 3-0 6
6 Wisconsin 1271 2-0 7
7 Creighton 1250 3-0 9
8 Washington 1095 2-1 3
9 Kansas 1070 3-0 8
10 BYU 1054 3-0 10
11 UCLA 988 3-0 13
12 Nebraska 850 0-2 5
13 Kentucky 833 3-0 14
14 Oregon 750 1-1 18
15 Florida State 680 3-0 15
16 North Carolina 602 0-2 11
17 San Diego 494 3-1 22
18 Southern California 454 3-0 NR
19 Michigan 413 2-1 16
20 Ohio State 383 2-1 21
21 Purdue 335 3-0 25
22 Utah 315 2-1 23
23 Michigan State 207 2-1 17
24 Western Kentucky 137 3-0 NR
25 Iowa State 116 3-0 NR

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Wichita State 73; Missouri 40; Washington State 31; Baylor 30; Hawai’i 30; Northern Iowa 27; Arizona 18; Cal Poly 14; Colorado State 14; Pittsburgh 12; Marquette 11; Duke 10; Lipscomb 8; Dayton 6

Eight teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 32 combined points.

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