K-State volleyball earns national ranking

Kansas State volleyball earns its first national ranking of the season.

COURTESY: K-State Sports Information

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the first time this season, the K-State volleyball team cracked the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 poll as the Wildcats are No. 25 in the latest rankings released today by the organization.

The Wildcats (16-2, 3-1 Big 12), who have not been ranked in the top 25 since November 19, 2012, jumped into the poll after winning their last three matches, including a four-set win over Iowa State last Wednesday in Ahearn Field House. Over the course of the season, K-State is a perfect 5-0 on the road, including wins at KU and Michigan of the Big Ten, while it is also sporting a 6-1 record at home.

K-State’s 16-2 overall mark to begin this season matches the 2012 and 1996 teams for the second-best 18-match start to a campaign in school history. The Wildcats’ current three-match winning streak is their longest Big 12 winning streak since 2012 when they won three straight from Oct. 20-27, 2012.

This week is the 166th time in K-State history and 120th time under head coach Suzie Fritz that the Wildcats have been ranked in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll.

The Wildcats have been receiving votes in the poll for each of the last five weeks prior to this week’s No. 25 ranking. K-State had 50 points in the October 6 poll, which were the 27th-most at the time.

K-State is the fourth different Big 12 team this season to be ranked among the nation’s top 25. The Wildcats are joined in this week’s poll by No. 2 Texas.

K-State will play its first match as a top 25 team this season when it travels to Fort Worth, Texas for a 6:30 p.m. match at TCU on Wednesday, October 15. The contest can be watched on FOX Sports-Southwest and heard on News Radio 1350 KMAN.

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