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Hawaii drops to No. 10 in volleyball poll

  • BRUCE ASATOHawaii's Jade Vorster hits over UCLA's Mariana Aquino in the second set of the UCLA vs Hawaii volleyball match at Stan Sheriff Center.
    BRUCE ASATO
    Hawaii's Jade Vorster hits over UCLA's Mariana Aquino in the second set of the UCLA vs Hawaii volleyball match at Stan Sheriff Center.

A 3-0 week that included a sweep of No. 10 UCLA and coach Dave Shoji becoming the all-time career leader in Division I women’s volleyball victories, had Hawaii moving down a spot in today’s AVCA Top 25 coaches poll.

The Rainbow Wahine (5-1)  fell to No. 10, their preseason ranking. Hawaii’s week included Shoji surpassing retired UCLA coach Andy Banachowski for in all-time wins and a sweep of then-No. 10 UCLA in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,300. Shoji now has 1,108, two more than Banachowski and 13 more than Penn State’s Russ Rose, No. 2 on the active coaching list.

USC (6-0), receiving 37 of the 60 first-place votes, jump two spots to No. 1. Preseason No. 1 Texas (4-1), with two big wins over Penn State and Florida over the weekend, received 16 votes in moving to No. 2; the Longhorns’ only loss came at Hawaii in the season-opener for both teams on Aug. 30.

Last week’s No. 1 Penn State (4-1) received six votes in falling two spots to No. 3 while Minnesota (7-0) remained at No. 4.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Minneota (7-0), Florida (5-1), Washington (5-0), Stanford (2-2), San Diego (4-1) and Hawaii. San Diego, which handed the Wahine their lone loss on Sept. 1, received the remaining first-place vote. 

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