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Hawaii up to No. 8 in volleyball poll

  • KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISERHawaii's Kanani Danielson slams one over the net in the second game of the San Jose St. vs. Hawaii volleyball match on Saturday, October 8, 2011.
    KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    Hawaii's Kanani Danielson slams one over the net in the second game of the San Jose St. vs. Hawaii volleyball match on Saturday, October 8, 2011.

The Hawaii women’s volleyball team heads back on the road today with a new ranking: No. 8 in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25. 

The Rainbow Wahine (15-1, 5-0 Western Athletic Conference) traded places with Penn State (11-5). The Nittany Lions dropped to No. 9 following their loss to top-ranked Illinois.

The Fighting Illini, the only undefeated ranked team, received 58 of 60 first-place votes. Washingon (15-1) moved up a spot to No. 2, with USC (13-3) receiving one vote, up two spots to No. 3.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Cal (17-2), Nebraska (13-1), UCLA (14-3, one vote) Stanford (12-3), Hawaii, Penn State and Texas (10-4). 

Hawaii puts its 10-match winning streak on the line Wednesday in a ESPNU-televised match at New Mexico State (15-4, 5-0 WAC).

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