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PROVO — Don’t look now, but there’s a No. 1 team in Utah County.
The BYU women’s volleyball team jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 when the American Volleyball Coaches Association released its latest poll Monday morning.
The Cougars (8-0) are one of nine undefeated teams in the nation and received 54 first-place votes in the poll. No. 2 Stanford, whose only loss is to BYU, received the other 10 first-place votes.
Texas, Nebraska and Penn State rounded out the top five. The University of Utah (7-2) fell three spots to No. 24 in this week's poll.
BYU has been rated among the top-15 teams in the country consistently for several seasons. But Monday's ranking is the firs top billing the program has received since 1986.
Through eight matches, BYU has only dropped four sets — two at home to then-No. 1 Stanford and one each on the road at Duke and Marquette.
No. 1 Minnesota lost to No. 18 Oregon in four sets, 25-23, 25-23, 25-27, 25-23 at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion. This came just a week after then-No. 1 Stanford lost at BYU during the Cougars’ Nike Invitational.
On the same Saturday, No. 2 Wisconsin lost to No. 15 Baylor, 18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22, becoming the highest-ranked win in the Bears’ program history.
The Cougars held off a challenge of their own Saturday, but overcome a first-set loss to No. 25 Marquette and rallied for a 3-1 win after also defeating Syracuse and No. 10 USC during the week.
Roni Jones-Perry had 23 kills, three aces and seven digs in the win, Lyndie Haddock-Eppich dished out 56 assists, and Mary Lake supplied 26 digs for the Cougars.
BYU returns home Thursday, when it welcomes No. 24 Utah to the Smith Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. MT. The match will be televised on BYUtv.