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Hawaii finishes at No. 23 in final volleyball poll

    The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Kalei Greeley hits past the block of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustang Caihla Petiprin and Savannah Niemen during a game on Saturday at Mott Gym. University of Hawai'i won the match 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 25-18)

The Hawaii volleyball team kept its same ranking from before the NCAA tournament, remaining at No. 23 in Monday’s final AVCA Coaches Division I Women’s Volleyball Top 25.

In the final Ratings Percentage Index also released Monday, the Rainbow Wahine (22-7) finished at 32, seven places higher than their RPI heading into the NCAA tournament.

Hawaii saw its season end with a 3-1 loss at host Washington in the second round. The Huskies (31-3), falling to Nebraska in four in the third round, dropped from No. 3 to No. 9 in the final poll.

NCAA champion Penn State (38-3) closed the year a unanimous No. 1. The Nittany Lions also were top-ranked in the preseason poll and the first poll of the season.

Stanford (33-2), which lost to Penn State in the national semifinal, dropped a spot to No. 2. National runner-up BYU (30-6) jumped from 12 to 3 while Wisconsin (31-3), eliminated in the quarterfinals by Penn State fell two spots to No. 4.

Long Beach State (27-6), which defeated Hawaii twice in five sets, finished at No. 19, a loss of four places. Three other teams that beat the Rainbow Wahine also finished in the poll: Oregon at 14, UCLA 15 and Arizona State 21. 

Duke, swept by Hawaii in the NCAA first round, fell four spots to finish at No. 25. 

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