K-State Moves Up To No. 19 in AVCA/USA Today Poll
Nov. 18, 2002
Colorado Springs, Colo. - On the strength of its first-ever win at Texas A&M on Sunday, the Kansas State women's volleyball team advanced one spot to No. 19 in the latest AVCA/USA Today Top 25 poll released on Monday. The Wildcats, who own their highest ranking of the season, are ranked in the association's Top 25 for the third consecutive week.
For the third straight week, the poll has a new top-ranked team, as USC (22-1) was elevated to No. 1 after previous No. 1 Stanford lost to No. 17 Washington State on Saturday night. Hawai'i (25-1) is second followed by Florida (26-1), Stanford (25-4) and Nebraska (24-1). The Wildcats have played three teams ranked in the current Top 25, including the No. 5 Cornhuskers, No. 20 Georgia Tech and No. 22 Missouri, while they have played five teams that are receiving votes (Texas, Colorado State, South Florida, Texas A&M and Michigan State).
The ranking is the highest of the season and the highest since Kansas State finished the season at No. 18 in the final poll of 2001. The Wildcats were ranked in the first three polls of 2002, including receiving its fourth consecutive preseason ranking in the poll at No. 22 on August 12, but did not even receive votes for four consecutive polls from Sept. 23 to Oct. 14. K-State was ranked in 10 of the 15 polls in 2001, including finishing the season earning its fourth consecutive final ranking in the poll.
Kansas State is riding an 12-match winning streak, which ranks as the second-longest winning streak in school history behind the 13-match streak posted from Sept. 24 to Oct. 8, 1977. The winning streak also ties Pepperdine for the seventh-longest current streak in the nation, trailing Florida (23), Nebraska (22), College of Charleston (19), American (16), Western Kentucky (16) and Northern Iowa (15).
Kansas State holds a three-match lead for second place in the Big 12 Conference standings over Missouri (22-6, 11-5 Big 12) with four matches to play. A win by the Wildcats over Oklahoma on Wednesday or a loss by the Tigers will assure the team of at least a tie for second place in the league standings. K-State also holds a four-match lead on fourth place Texas (20-7, 11-6 Big 12) and a lead of five over fifth-place Texas A&M (18-8, 10-7 Big 12) and a lead of five and half over sixth-place Kansas (18-7, 9-7 Big 12). However, three of the team's last four matches are against three of these teams, including fifth-ranked and conference leader Nebraska (24-1, 16-0 Big 12) to conclude the season on Nov. 30.
Kansas State will look to tie the school record for consecutive wins at 13 on Wednesday, as the Wildcats play host to Oklahoma (5-20, 3-14 Big 12) at Ahearn Field House beginning at 6 p.m. Please note the time change of the match, as it has been moved up an hour in order to accommodate the Women's NIT game between K-State and USC slated for 7:30 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum.
A win against the Sooners would not only tie the 1977 squad for the longest winning streak in school history, it would allow the Wildcats to tie the school record for conference wins (15) for the fourth consecutive season. A win would also clinch at least a tie for second-place in the conference standings, which would tie the 2000 squad for the highest conference finish in school history. K-State has won seven straight in the series, including the first meeting in 2002 by scores of 30-20, 30-20, 30-19 on Oct. 9 in Norman, Okla.