Texas volleyball players Brionne Butler, Logan Eggleston (33) and Katarina Luketic (21) celebrate a point against Kentucky at Gregory Gym on Sept. 7, 2018. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Promotion in poll raises the stakes for No. 3 Texas in its home-and-home series against No. 2 Stanford

Posted September 10th, 2018

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Awarded a bronze medal in one national poll, Texas’ volleyball team will be eyeing silver throughout this week.

Texas earned the third-most votes in the AVCA’s weekly poll, which was released on Monday. Before beating Texas State and No. 16 Kentucky last week, Texas was ranked sixth nationally. The win over Kentucky was UT’s third takedown of a ranked team this season.

With 1,410 points, Texas trailed only BYU (1,590 points) and Stanford (1,543 points). BYU and Stanford were the only teams that received first-place votes.

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Texas is set to play Stanford twice this week. The Longhorns will travel to Stanford on Tuesday before hosting the Cardinal on Friday night. On Monday, Texas said it had less than 100 tickets remaining for the match in the 4,000-seat Gregory Gym.

Stanford has beaten UT in the last two NCAA tournaments. The 2016 meeting between the two schools was staged in the NCAA’s championship game. Five Longhorns who appeared in that title tilt are still on campus, and Stanford has retained four players from that four-set match in Columbus, Ohio.

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