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Oct. 5, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll released this week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association has moved Ohio State to ninth, a move of seven positions up in the poll. The Buckeyes entered the poll three weeks ago ranked 25th and then moved to 20th the next week. Last week Ohio State moved to 16th. The Buckeyes were last ranked in the top-10 during the second week of the 2002 season when it was ninth in the poll.

Ohio State (14-0 overall, 4-0 Big Ten) continues Big Ten play this week with matches at Indiana (6-9, 0-4) Friday, Oct. 8 and at Purdue (10-4, 3-1) Saturday, Oct. 9.

USA TODAY/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll Poll #5 – Oct. 4, 2004 Rk School Total 2004 Last (First-Place Votes) Points Record Week 1 Washington (61) 1620 12-0 2 2 So. California (1) 1509 8-2 3 3 Minnesota (1) 1466 14-2 1 4 Hawaii (2) 1403 12-0 6 5 Nebraska 1342 10-1 7 6 Penn State 1335 12-0 4 7 Colorado State 1157 12-1 9 8 Florida 1125 12-2 5 9 Ohio State 1091 14-0 16 10 UCLA 1059 10-3 10 11 Texas 944 13-0 18 12 Santa Clara 888 11-2 13 13 UC Santa Barbara 884 9-1 8 14 Stanford 742 10-3 11 15 Texas A&M 634 8-4 14 16 Kansas State 616 10-4 15 17 California 534 7-5 12 18 Tennessee 500 14-1 20 19 Saint Mary’s (Ca.) 414 13-1 NR 20 Utah 358 11-2 22 21 Arizona 330 8-6 17 22 Louisville 327 11-2 21 23 Long Beach State 242 12-1 23 24 Illinois 182 10-3 19 25 Florida A&M 85 8-2 NR

Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Michigan 80, Pacific 77, Ohio 52, Rice 51, Missouri 14, San Diego 11, Western Kentucky 9, Georgia Tech 8, Kansas 8, Colorado 7, Purdue 6, Wisconsin 6, Illinois State 3, Wichita State 3, UC-Irvine 2. (One team mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 1 combined point.)

2004 BIG TEN STANDINGS as of Oct. 4 Conference All Matches W L Pct. W L Pct. 1 Ohio State 4 0 1.000 14 0 1.000 2 Penn State 3 1 .750 12 1 .923 Minnesota 3 1 .750 14 2 .875 Michigan 3 1 .750 13 2 .867 Purdue 3 1 .750 10 4 .714 6 Illinois 2 2 .500 10 3 .769 Wisconsin 2 2 .500 8 4 .667 8 Iowa 1 3 .250 9 6 .600 Michigan State 1 3 .250 6 6 .500 10 Indiana 0 4 .000 6 9 .400 Northwestern 0 4 .000 5 9 .357

BIG TEN SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, Oct. 6 Michigan State at Michigan

Friday, Oct. 8 #9 Ohio State at Indiana Michigan at #24 Illinois Northwestern at Iowa Wisconsin at #3 Minnesota #6 Penn State at Purdue

Saturday, Oct. 9 Michigan State at #24 Illinois #6 Penn State at Indiana Wisconsin at Iowa Northwestern at #3 Minnesota #9 Ohio State at Purdue