The Hawaii women’s volleyball team remained No. 11 in today’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 while the only team to defeat the Rainbow Wahine this season — Baylor — received its first-ever No. 1 ranking.
The Bears (11-0), the last unbeaten team in Division I, received 54 of the 64 first-place votes to become just the 20th program to be ranked No. 1 since the poll began in 1982. Baylor swept Hawaii on Sept. 22 in Waco, Texas.
Hawaii (12-1, 2-0) went 3-1 on its 10-day road trip, including 2-0 to open Big West play last week at Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge.
Nebraska (10-1, 7 votes) moved up a spot to No. 2 and defending NCAA champion Stanford (7-3, 1 vote) fell two spots to No. 3. The Cardinal lost to No. 8 Washington (10-2) on Sunday; the Wahine defeated the Huskies in the season-opening tournament.
Teams ranked No. 4 through 14 remained the same. No. 4 Pitt (13-1) received one vote and No. 9 BYU (11-2) one vote. Missouri (8-3), which Hawaii defeated at the Baylor Classic, dropped three spots to No. 22.
Hawaii remains the lone Big West team ranked. UC Santa Barbara (13-1, 3-0 Big West) received 27 votes, tying the Gauchos with USC at 30th.
The Wahine host UC Irvine on Friday and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.