Missouri matches program-best ranking at seventh in coaches' poll
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- With a national-best 25-0 record and as one of just two unbeaten teams in the country, Missouri was again a big mover in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) coaches' top 25 on Monday, moving up four spots to seventh nationally. The No. 7 rank for the Tigers matches the best in program history -- the 2005 team spent three weeks ranked at No. 7. Mizzou is one of three SEC teams ranked this week, joining No. 5 Florida and No. 19 Kentucky.
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Mizzou has climbed from unranked on Sept. 30 to No. 7 nationally in less than a month as it has been the biggest mover up the poll this month. The Tigers join Colorado State as one of just two unbeaten teams nationally and the Tigers control their own destiny in the SEC Championship race, finishing the first half of league play at a perfect 9-0, including a win against defending champion No. 5 Florida.
The six spots in front of Missouri all stayed in the same ranking as last week's poll, led by Texas (15-2) at the top. The Longhorns received 43 first-place votes, followed by No. 2 Penn State (which received 11) and No. 3 Washington (six).