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Oct. 11, 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 eighth, a move of one position up in the poll from last week. The Buckeyes entered the poll four weeks ago ranked 25th and then moved to 20th the next week. Two weeks ago Ohio State moved to 16th and then to ninth last week after defeating No. 1 Minnesota. The last time Ohio State was ranked eighth in the poll was during the fourth week of the 1996 season.

Ohio State (16-0 overall, 6-0 Big Ten) continues Big Ten play this week with home matches against Michigan State (6-8, 1-5) Friday, Oct. 15 and Michigan (14-3, 4-2), Saturday, Oct. 16.

USA TODAY/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll
Poll #6 – Oct. 11, 2004

Rk School Total 2004 Last
(First-Place Votes) Points Record Week
1. Washington (63) 1623 13-0 1
2. Minnesota 1496 16-2 3
3. Hawaii (2) 1475 14-0 4
4. Nebraska 1411 13-1 5
5. Penn State 1324 14-1 6
6. So. California 1288 9-3 2
7. Colorado State 1219 13-1 7
8. Ohio State 1208 16-0 9
9. Texas 1111 15-0 11
10. Florida 1102 14-2 8
11. UCLA 923 11-4 10
12. Stanford 870 11-4 14
13. California 761 8-6 17
14. Saint Mary’s (Ca.) 661 15-1 19
15. Santa Clara 634 11-3 12
16. Kansas State 621 11-5 16
17. Tennessee 602 16-1 18
18. Utah 498 13-2 20
19. UC Santa Barbara 434 10-3 13
20. Texas A&M 379 8-5 15
21. Louisville 311 14-2 22
22. Arizona 282 10-6 21
23. Illinois 199 12-3 24
24. Florida A&M 169 10-2 25
25. San Diego 84 10-4 NR

Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Rice 79, Missouri 69, Ohio 68, Pacific 65, Long Beach State 64, Georgia Tech 20, Michigan 17, UC Irvine 16, Colorado 14, Loyola Marymount 14, Wichita State 13.
(One team mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 1 combined point.)

2004 BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS
as of Oct. 11

    Conference All Matches
    W L Pct. W L Pct.
1. Ohio State 6 0 1.000 16 0 1.000
2. Penn State 5 1 .833 14 1 .933
  Minnesota 5 1 .833 16 2 .888
4. Michigan 4 2 .667 14 3 .824
  Illinois 4 2 .667 12 3 .800
6. Purdue 3 3 .500 10 6 .625
  Wisconsin 3 3 .500 9 5 .643
8. Iowa 1 5 .167 9 9 .500
  Michigan State 1 5 .167 6 8 .429
  Northwestern 1 5 .167 6 10 .375
11. Indiana 0 6 .000 6 11 .353

BIG TEN SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Wednesday, Oct. 13
#2 Minnesota at Iowa

Friday, Oct. 15
Michigan State at #8 Ohio State
Michigan at #5 Penn State
Purdue at Northwestern
Illinois at Iowa
Indiana at Wisconsin

Saturday, Oct. 16
Michigan at #8 Ohio State
Michigan State at #5 Penn State
Purdue at Wisconsin
Indiana at Northwestern
Illinois at #2 Minnesota