AVCA poll released, POWs all over the country (updated)

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As expected, Florida, after beating Nebraska and Texas, moved up to No. 2 in the latest AVCA poll that released Monday.

Penn State, which rolled past Stanford, stayed No. 1, and Stanford only dropped a notch to No.3.

Southern Cal, now 6-0, made another jump up to No. 8, just ahead of Illinois, which lost to Stanford and beat Colorado. Speaking of which, the Buffs stayed in, dropping two spots to 23.

The Pac-12 has four in the top 10, and Arizona, ranked 13th, is the only team from the power five conferences to be 6-0 and won every set.

Others climbing up of note include BYU from 12 to 9, Ohio State from 22 to 15, Purdue from 24 to 20, and two new teams breaking in, Michigan at 6-0 to No. 24 and Texas A&M at No. 25.

Western Kentucky, North Carolina and Michigan State dropped out.

Also, in the Division II poll, the University of Alaska-Anchorage made it to No. 14, its first ranking since 1991.

Click here for the AVCA Division I poll.  And here for the Division II poll.

Players of the week

ACC

Virginia Tech outside hitter Amanda McKinzie, Georgia Tech outside hitter Teegan Van Gunst and Duke middle blocker Leah Meyer have been named the ACC co-players and freshman of the Week, respectively.

Big Ten

Ohio State’s Taylor Sandbothe, Penn State’s Haleigh Washington and Minnesota’s Dalianliz Rosado and Samantha Seliger-Swenson were recognized. Sandebothe and Washington shared top-player honors.

Big 12

The league honored Kansas’ Kelsie Payne, TCU’s Regan McGuire and Iowa State’s Jess Schaben.

Pac-12

USC’s Samantha Bricio was the offensive player for the second straight week. Also recognized were Utah’s Brenna DeYOung and Oregon’s Lindsey Weide.

SEC

The Southeastern Conference offensive player was Rhamat Alhassan of Florida, the defensive play was Jazzmin Babers of Texas A&M , the setter was Mackenzie Dagostino of Florida and the freshman of the week was Erica Treiber of Tennessee.

Big West

Hawai’i’s Nikki Taylor won the honor for the second straight week. Also recognized were Cal Poly’s Adlee Van Winden and UC Riverside’s Maddie Hubbell.

West Coast Conference

The WCC player of the week is BYU’s Alexa Gray, who has picked up this season where she left off last, which was being a huge component of the Cougars trip to the NCAA title match.

American Athletic Conference

Kia Bright of Central Florida and Houston’s Olivia O’Dell got the nods.

Sun Belt Conference

The SBC gave awards to Georgia State’s Kristina Stinson, Troy’s Darby Griff, Appalachian State’s Paige Brown and UT Arlington’s Zhanelle Geathers.

American East

The player of the week was Tori Forrest of New Hampshire, the rookie of the week McKyla Brook of Stony Brook, the defensive player Madison Lightfoot of UNH, and setter of the week Mikala McCauley of Albany. Click here for the complete release.

Missouri Valley

The honorees are Illinois State’s Ashley Rosch, Loyola’s Amanda Cushen and Northern Iowa’s Amie Held, who might have the longest hair of any player in the game. For the Valley’s complete weekly notebook, click here.

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