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Iowa State Returns to AVCA Coaches Poll at No. 25

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Release: 11/04/2013
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AMES, Iowa – After four weeks on the outside looking in, the Iowa State volleyball team has returned to the top-25 of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Poll. The Cyclones are ranked No. 25 this week.

Iowa State was dropped from the rankings after a five-set loss at Oklahoma back on Oct. 5. It marked the first time in 68 weeks, a stretch that started with the 2009 preseason poll, that ISU had been outside the top-25. The Cyclones were always receiving votes during that stretch, though they nearly completely fell out after losing at No. 3 Texas (who is now No. 1), only receiving four votes in the preceding week.

That next Wednesday, Iowa State made the trip to then-No. 22 Kansas and defeated the Jayhawks in five sets and the momentum to get back in the rankings returned.

The rankings show the strength of Iowa State’s schedule this season. Texas remains the No. 1 team in the country, while San Diego continues its climb at No. 8. Nebraska checks in at No. 11 and Kansas slots in at No. 24. St. Mary’s, Oklahoma and Illinois all check in the “receiving votes” category.

No. 25 Iowa State is back in Hilton Coliseum Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for a match against South Dakota. It is “$2 Tuesday” as tickets cost just two dollars, and select concession stand items (hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, pretzels and nachos) will also be just two dollars.

AVCA Division I Coaches Poll (Nov. 4, 2013)
1. Texas
2. Penn State
3. Washington
4. USC
5. Florida
6. Stanford
7. Missouri
8. San Diego
9. Minnesota
10. Colorado State
11. Nebraska
12. Hawai’i
13. Michigan State
14. Purdue
15. Duke
16. Wisconsin
17. Michigan
18. Florida State
19. North Carolina
20. Kentucky
21. BYU
22. California
23. Cal State Northridge
24. Kansas
25. Iowa State
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