"There is meaning in the rankings but the real meaning is in the end," said head coach Jim McLaughlin. "The excitement is unavoidable but you can't get too excited because you have to focus on getting better everyday. The real excitement should come with our team getting better and us controlling what we can control. There are two months left to the season and we need to be concerned with today and what we need to do to get better."
The Washington volleyball team becomes the third team to hold the No. 1 ranking this season as USC held the top spot through Sept. 6 and Minnesota was ranked No. 1 from Sept. 13 through Sept. 27. Since 2001, only seven teams have held the No. 1 spot. Along with UW, those teams include Minnesota, USC, Stanford, Nebraska, Long Beach State and Hawaii.
Heading into the 2004 season, Washington's highest national ranking ever was ninth (final polls in 1988 and 2003). This season, the Huskies were ranked seventh in the preseason poll and have steadily moved up to sixth, third, second and now first.
The UW volleyball team becomes the sixth Washington program to hold a No. 1 ranking. Other Husky programs to hold the coveted top ranking include football (last on 11-7-92), softball (last on 5-10-00), men's soccer (last on 9-21-98), women's crew (last on 5-14-03) and men's crew (last on 5-6-02).
The Huskies are 12-0 this season and are one of only four undefeated teams left in the country. The 12-0 start is the program's best since the 1977 squad began the year with 21 straight wins. UW is also 4-0 in the Pacific-10 conference, marking its best conference start ever.
Last week, Washington swept Oregon and Oregon State, 3-0, while then-No. 1 Minnesota dropped a 3-1 match to No. 16 Ohio State to dip to 14-2 overall.
The Huskies continue Pac-10 action on Oct. 8 when they host cross-state rival Washington State at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast by FSN on a tape-delayed basis and will air on Saturday.
Volleyball Earns No. 1 National Ranking
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