OMAHA, Neb. — The Creighton Volleyball team ascended one spot to a season-best ninth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll that was released on Monday. The Bluejays also moved to 20th in the fourth official RPI listings released by the NCAA.
Creighton has now been ranked in the top 10 of the AVCA poll 19 times in program history, including 12 straight weeks last year from Sept. 10 to Nov. 26. This is the second straight week the Bluejays have been in the top-10 after a No. 10 slotting a week ago. Creighton is one of just nine programs to have spent at least one week in the AVCA Top 10 in each of the last four seasons, a list that consists of BYU, Creighton, Florida, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Stanford, Texas and Wisconsin.
The Bluejays improved to 17-3 after picking up a pair of 3-0 wins last weekend at Providence, tying the program’s best record ever after 20 contests. The Bluejays are now 10-0 in BIG EAST play and have won 33 consecutive matches against teams from the league.
No. 3 Baylor (17-1), No. 8 Nebraska (16-3) and No. 12 Washington (16-4) are the lone teams to beat the Bluejays thus far and have combined for a 49-8 record.
This week marks the 48th consecutive week the Bluejays have been ranked, the nation’s 10th-longest active streak. The Bluejays have now been ranked in 62 all-time polls, and every poll since Oct. 31, 2016. CU’s all-time best ranking in program history is No. 7, which came in the poll released on Aug. 28, 2017.
After sweeping previous No. 1 Baylor, Texas jumped three spots to take over the top spot in this week’s poll, earning 43-of-64 first place votes. Pitt, Baylor, Wisconsin and Stanford are now second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Creighton’s BIG EAST rival, Marquette, moved up a spot from 11th to 10th after previous No. 9 Washington lost at Utah and fell to No. 12. This is the first time since December 5, 2005 that the BIG EAST Conference has two top-10 teams simultaneously. Back then, it was No. 7 Louisville and No. 9 Notre Dame in the top 10.
Creighton, which appeared in the NCAA RPI rankings at No. 10 on October 14, now stands at No. 20 in the NCAA RPI despite four straight 3-0 sweeps since the initial reveal. It’s still two spots better than the RPI ranking at this time a year ago, when CU ended up with the No. 9 national seed. The three teams to beat Creighton so far are also highly-regarded in the RPI, with No. 1 Baylor, No. 6 Washington and No. 7 Nebraska all in the top-7.
Creighton is 104-25 all-time when playing as a ranked team in the AVCA poll, including a 45-6 mark at home, where the Jays will be this weekend. The Bluejays host St. John’s at 5:30 p.m. on Friday before welcoming in Seton Hall on Sunday at 1 p.m.