Minnesota Ranked No. 14 in AVCA Poll Minnesota was ranked No. 14 in this week's AVCA Top 25 according to an announcement on Monday, Sept. 20.
The Minnesota volleyball team was ranked No. 14 in this week's AVCA Top 25 according to an announcement on Monday, Sept. 20. The Gophers received 675 points the top 25 poll this week.
Minnesota went 2-1 on the week, as it defeated UC Santa Barbara (3-0) and San Diego State (3-0) and dropped a hard-fought five-set match to No. 23 San Diego. With the No. 14 ranking, the Golden Gophers have now been ranked in the AVCA Top 25 for 37 straight weeks dating back to the final poll in 2007. Minnesota set the school-record with 40 straight weeks in the top 25 from Oct. 20, 2003 to Sept. 4, 2006.
The Golden Gophers are joined by three Big Ten teams in the poll. Penn State is ranked No. 2, Illinois is No. 9 and Michigan is No. 22. Ohio State (70), Northwestern (12), Wisconsin (9) and Purdue (3) also received votes in the preseason poll.
Minnesota will open up Big Ten play this week at East Lansing when it travels to the Breslin Center to face Michigan State on Friday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. (CT). That match can be seen live on the BigTenNetwork.com. The Golden Gophers will also face No. 22 Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. (CT). Both matches can be heard live in the Gold Zone and can be followed on a live blog on gophersports.com.