LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A 3-0 record against teams either ranked or receiving votes paved the way to Kansas receiving a No. 24 ranking in the week five American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches' Poll.

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Also on Monday, the NCAA released the firstĀ RPI projections of the season, where Kansas (14-2, 2-0) debuted at No. 9 - the highest RPI mark in program history. A year ago, the Jayhawks started at No. 39 in the RPI and remained in the top-50 for the remainder of the season, ending at No. 47.

Penn State held on to its No. 1 spot in the AVCA poll and tops the RPI.

Kansas knocked off Tulsa and Creighton to start receiving in last week's poll. On Wednesday, the Jayhawks upset No. 19 Iowa State - who moved to No. 22 - to propel them into the national rankings for the first time since Sept. 24, 2005.

For the first time in 2012, the Big 12 has four teams in the top-25 (No. 9 Texas, No. 14 Kansas State, No. 22 Iowa State), while Oklahoma is one step away from the rankings after receiving 100 votes in Monday's poll.