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Hawaii tied for No. 20 in volleyball poll

    Hawaii middle blocker Olivia Magill hits between San Diego State's Jensen Cunningham and Chaiymin Steel in the first set of the San Diego State vs. Hawaii volleyball match at Stan Sheriff Center.

The Hawaii women’s volleyball team dropped three spots into a tie for 20th in the first AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll of the regular season.

The Rainbow Wahine (2-1) were at No. 17 in the preseason poll announced two weeks ago. It was the lowest preseason ranking for the program since the poll began in 1982.

Hawaii, which lost to previous No. 25 Arizona State on Saturday, was tied with North Carolina (2-1). The Tar Heels were swept Saturday by then-No. 11 Illinois.

ASU (3-0) moved up eight spots, replacing the Wahine at No. 17.

Penn State (3-0), receiving 35 first-place votes, remained No. 1. Stanford (15 votes) and Texas (5) traded spots at Nos. 2 and 3, the Cardinal (2-0) moving up a spot and the Longhorns (3-0) down a spot.

Wisconsin (2-0) received the remaining five votes and jumped two spots to No. 4. Rounding out the Top 10 were Washington (3-0), USC (3-0), Purdue (3-0), Florida State (2-0), Illinois (3-0) and BYU (3-0).

Hawaii returns to the Stan Sheriff Center for the Hawaiian Airlines Classic against New Mexico. The field also includes Oregon and St. John’s. 

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