The second loss of the season by defending NCAA champion Penn State cleared the way for Nebraska to move up one spot in college volleyball’s Top 25.
The Huskers, winners of 11 straight matches, were No. 3 in Monday’s AVCA poll. Nebraska last week beat Kansas and Baylor to improve to 12-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12.
Stanford (11-0) remained at No. 1 for the third straight week, and the Cardinal finally earned the unanimous top spot by receiving all 60 first-place votes.
A bit of controversy surrounded the previous two polls. Penn State received No. 1 votes — two of them on Sept. 13 and one on Sept. 20 — even after Stanford had swept the Nittany Lions on Sept. 11 and ended Penn State’s NCAA-record 109-match winning streak.
But Illinois on Friday outlasted Penn State (11-2) in five sets, snapping the Nittany Lions’ run of 65 straight wins against the Big Ten.
Florida, the only team to defeat the Huskers this season, moved up one spot to No. 2 on Monday. Rounding out the new top five are fourth-ranked Penn State, which fell two positions, and No. 5 Southern California (12-0).
Also in the top 10 are No. 6 Hawaii, No. 7 Illinois, No. 8 California, No. 9 Iowa State and No. 10 Washington.
The only other ranked team in the Big 12 is No. 13 Texas (7-4, 2-1 Big 12). The Huskers will visit Oklahoma (10-4, 2-1) on Wednesday, then they’ll host the Longhorns on Saturday in Lincoln.
Northern Iowa of the Missouri Valley Conference moved up one spot to No. 15.
The Panthers improved to 12-2 last weekend with wins at Creighton and Drake.
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