Texas outside hitter Micaya White (1) speaks with libero Sydney Petersen (8) before a Kentucky serve at Gregory Gym on Sept. 7, 2018. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

BEVO BEAT Volleyball

National poll upgrades Texas as Longhorns prepare for match against Big 12’s only other ranked team

Posted September 24th, 2018

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On Monday, Texas moved up to the fourth spot in the AVCA’s national volleyball poll.

With 1,356 points and none of the poll’s 64 first-place votes, Texas trails top-ranked BYU (1,595 points; 59 first-place votes) by a healthy margin. Texas was listed fifth in the rankings that were released on Sept 17. In their only match last week, the Longhorns held off Kansas State’s upset bid in a five-set contest in Manhattan, Kan.

Texas (6-3; 1-0) is set to host Baylor (9-4; 1-1) on Wednesday before travelling to West Virginia (7-7; 0-2) on Saturday. Baylor is the only other Big 12 team currently ranked by the AVCA. The Bears are seeded 21st this week.

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Earlier this summer, Texas and Baylor were the top two teams in the Big 12’s preseason poll. In its history, Texas has compiled an 81-2 record against Baylor.

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