Volleyball Receives First Top-25 Votes In Year-End Poll

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OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton Volleyball team earned national recognition for its recently completed season, earning three votes in the year-end AVCA Top-25 Poll. It marks the first time in program history the team has shown up in the national poll.

Twenty-five teams are ranked, and Creighton was one of next 11 teams in the "Others Receiving Votes" category, putting the Jays at 36th overall. Teams must appear on at least two of the 60 ballots to be listed in the poll. Four-time national champion Penn State was a unanimous No. 1 selection in the year-end poll, finishing ahead of fellow Final Four qualifiers California, Southern California and Texas.

Earlier in the week, the year-end RPI released by the NCAA had Creighton 32nd overall.

"The goal is that our program becomes a regular in the top-25, and this is a step in that direction," said Creighton head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth. "Much of the credit goes to our administration, fans and student-athletes who have helped build our program to what it has become."

Creighton finished the 2010 season with a 21-12 record, including a win over then-No. 16 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and a second-round loss to then-No. 12 Minnesota. The Cyclones finished 25th in the final poll, while Minnesota moved up to 10th. Northern Iowa was the only other Missouri Valley Conference team to earn votes, finishing 14th in the year-end poll.

AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll

Final Poll: December 21, 2010
Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2010 Record Last Week

1
Penn State (60) 1500 32-5 8

2 California 1439 30-4 4

3 Southern California 1364 29-5

4 Texas 1306 27-6
6

5 Stanford 1264 27-4 2

6 Washington 1153 23-9 11

7 Nebraska 1120 29-3 3

8 Florida 1031 29-2 1

9 Illinois 954 24-9 14

10 Minnesota 916 26-9 12

11 Purdue 882 24-11 24

12 UCLA 809 22-9 9

13 Hawai'i 744 28-3 7

14 Northern Iowa 616 31-3 10

15 Dayton 547 28-4 13

16 Colorado State 515 26-5 17

17 San Diego 485 24-6 18

18 Duke 454 27-7 NR

19 Ohio State 388 24-12 NR

20 Tulsa 345 31-3 22

21 Oklahoma 302 23-11 NR

22 Missouri 264 22-11 NR

23 Indiana 210 23-12 NR

24 Tennessee 182 25-7 19

25 Iowa State 153 20-9 16

Others Receiving Votes and appearing on two or more ballots: LSU 125; Cincinnati 120; Michigan 71; Arizona 58; Northwestern 44; Cal State Fullerton 36; Oregon 23; Louisville 19; Long Beach State 15; Florida State 13; Creighton 3.

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