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For the first time this season, the Nebraska volleyball team is not the No. 1 team in the AVCA poll, but another Big Ten Conference team is in the top spot.

Minnesota is the new No. 1 team, while Nebraska dropped to third.

NU had been No. 1 in the first six polls of the season before suffering its first loss Saturday against Ohio State in four sets.

Minnesota (12-1) received 61 of the 64 first-place votes. The Gophers have won 11 straight matches since an early loss to Stanford. Minnesota was last ranked No. 1 in 2004.

Wisconsin is second, also with a 12-1 record. Nebraska (12-1) received the other three first-place votes.

This is the third straight week the top three teams are from the Big Ten. Nine Big Ten teams are ranked.

Minnesota, Wisconsin and Penn State are tied for the lead in the Big Ten standings with 4-0 records. The Huskers are tied with Illinois for fourth at 3-1.

Nebraska will play Indiana on Friday, and No. 17 Purdue on Sunday.

Huskers fourth in RPI

The first RPI was released Monday, with Nebraska No. 4.

Wisconsin is No. 1, followed by Minnesota, Texas, Nebraska and Stanford. The RPI, based on record and strength of schedule, is one factor that can be used to determine seeding for the NCAA Tournament.

TV matches added

Nebraska’s two November home matches that were not previously selected for television will be televised by NET.

The Huskers' Nov. 9 match against Iowa will air on NET2, while the Nov. 26 regular-season finale against Michigan will be on NET.

That means all 10 of Nebraska's conference home matches will be televised on either NET, BTN or ESPN2. In all, 16 of the Huskers' 29 regular-season matches this season will be televised, the most in program history.


Ohio State middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe was named the Big Ten player of the week, and Buckeye libero Valeria Leon the league defensive player of the week.

— Brent C. Wagner


Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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