Wisconsin volleyball came in at No. 2 again this week, holding steady after last week’s rankings. While the Badgers took care of business this week, the same can’t be said of other teams in the top 25, with plenty of changes happening up and down the rankings.
Wisconsin Volleyball Lose Only One Set This Week
On their way to a 22-1 record on the season, the Badgers defeated then No. 19 Purdue and Illinois this week. Wisconsin volleyball dialed up their blocking prowess, where they’re first in the nation with 4.00 blocks per set this season. In fact, they totaled 17 blocks in their matchup with Illinois, which set a 3-set record for Badgers volleyball. The high mark was 16, which the team most recently did in 2017 vs. Lipscomb. They have 11 matches where they’ve tallied double-digit blocks, and the Wisconsin volleyball train keeps rolling to their No. 2 ranking.
Took the fight out of the Illini 👐 pic.twitter.com/7JBBEX3JMx
— Wisconsin Volleyball (@BadgerVB) November 5, 2023
The Court Around the Badgers
The top 5 of the newest AVCA poll had the same schools, but it was a slightly different ranking. Nebraska and Wisconsin volleyball dropped in at No. 1 and No. 2, which was the same as last week. Following them, Texas, Stanford, and Louisville follow, with Louisville falling two places from the No. 3 ranking. The reason? They dropped a match to newly minted No. 8 Georgia Tech 1-3.
The latest AVCA/TARAFLEX Division I Women’s Volleyball Poll has @Huskervball and @BadgerVB back in at 1 and 2. @texasvolleyball moves up to 3 and @StanfordWVB climbs to 4, following No. 5 @LouisvilleVB’s loss on Friday.
See the full poll at https://t.co/IlOc3gkpWb.#WeAreAVCA pic.twitter.com/Pn6UTql9Vg
— AVCA (@AVCAVolleyball) November 6, 2023
Tennessee is the newest entrant to the top 10, moving up from No. 11, with Arkansas falling from No. 8 to No. 11. Tennessee defeated Texas A&M and Florida this week, with Florida continuing to slip down the rankings. Arkansas was swept at the hands of the unranked Georgia Bulldogs, which was enough to drop them out of the top 10.
Purdue swapped spots with Penn State, with Purdue moving to No. 16 and Penn State dropping to No. 19. Penn State and Purdue both dropped their games in respective matches against Nebraska volleyball and Badgers volleyball. Still, Purdue was able to overcome Penn State, making the obvious flip-flop happen.
Southern California made their way into the top 25 at No. 25 with a win over Arizona and No. 15 Arizona State. Subsequently, Arizona State dropped from 15th to No. 17.
The Florida Gators continued their downward trend this week from No. 20 down to No. 21. They’ve dropped 3 straight matches against ranked opponents.