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Hawaii moves to No. 10 in volleyball poll

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  • Darryl Oumi / Special to the Star-Advertiser
    Hawaii middle Olivia Magill sent the ball past the UCSB block to score a point on Friday night.

For the first time in nearly two seasons, Hawaii is ranked in the Top 10 of the AVCA Coaches Division I Top 25.

The Rainbow Wahine (12-1, 2-0 Big West) was at No. 10 on Monday, the first time to break through since their No. 8 ranking in the Oct. 21, 2013, poll. Helping Hawaii make the move was former No. 10 BYU dropping to No. 15 after losing at unranked Santa Clara Saturday.

The same schools remained in the top nine but there was some shuffling, courtesy of former No. 5 Stanford losing to then-No. 3 USC. The Women of Troy (14-0) moved up a spot to No. 2, trading places with Texas (12-1) and also picked up a first-place vote.

Although Penn State (13-0) didn’t lose — surviving in five against visiting (Minnesota — the Nittany Lions did lose a first-place vote after being a unanimous choice the previous two weeks. Nebraska (11-1) remained at No. 4.

Washington (13-0) and Arizona State (13-0) both moved up a spot, to fifth and sixth, respectively. Stanford (7-3) fell to No. 8 while former No. 5 Florida (9-2) fell to ninth after being upset at home Saturday by new No. 21 Kentucky (10-5).

Moving up one place to No. 24 was Big West rival Long Beach State (12-3, 2-0).

Hawaii puts its seven-match winning streak on the line when leaving for its first road trip of the season Wednesday. The Rainbow Wahine are at Cal State Fullerton (0-13, 0-1) on Friday and at UC Riverside (6-8, 1-0) on Saturday.

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