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Hawaii jumps to No. 7 in volleyball poll

The 8-1 Rainbow Wahine move up 3 spots

By Cindy Luis

LAST UPDATED: 2:21 p.m. HST, Sep 16, 2013

Hawaii's steadiness during a week full of upsets in women's volleyball was rewarded with a jump in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 poll released today. 

The Rainbow Wahine (8-1) moved from No. 10 up to No. 7. 

Penn State, with 45 of the 60 first-place votes, jumped two spots to No. 1. San Diego (7-1), the only team team to beat Hawaii this season, received 13 votes in shooting up seven spots to No. 2.

Washington (6-0), with the remaining two votes, went from No. 6 to No. 3 while Florida (6-1), despite losing to Penn State Sunday, was up a spot to No. 4.

Former No. 1 USC, with a loss to San Diego, meant a drop to No. 5. Preseason No. 1 Texas (5-2), defeated by the Rainbow Wahine in the season opener, slid four spots to No. 6.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Stanford (5-2), Minnesota (6-1) and Michigan (7-1).

Hawaii makes its first road trip of season, traveling to Wichita, Kansas, for the Shocker Classic. The Wahine open with South Dakota Thursday, followed by No. 23 Creighton Friday and host Wichita State Saturday. 

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