Wildcats Move Up to No. 22 in AVCA Coaches Poll

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The K-State volleyball team moved up to No. 22 in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, which was released earlier today. It is the second week in a row that the Wildcats have been ranked as last week they cracked the poll for the first time this year with a No. 25 ranking.

K-State (17-3, 4-2 Big 12) is coming off a 1-1 week, beginning with a sweep at TCU last Wednesday to keep its record in true road matches this season at an unblemished 6-0. The Wildcats dropped their second match in straight-sets to No. 2 Texas at home.

The Longhorns (14-0, 6-0), the only other Big 12 team ranked in the top 25 this week, remained at No. 2 and received four first-place votes.

The No. 22 ranking for K-State is its highest since Nov. 12, 2012 when it was slotted at No. 20.

Among teams ranked in last week's poll that were also slotted in the top 25 this week, K-State's climb of three spots was the second-biggest jump. Illinois had the highest, going from No. 15 to No. 10.

This marks the 167th time in K-State history and 121st time since 2001 under head coach Suzie Fritz the Wildcats have been among the top-25 rankings.

K-State returns to action on Wednesday, October 22 in Ahearn Field House for a 7 p.m. match against Oklahoma, which received votes in this week's AVCA Coaches poll. The first 100 fans to Wednesday's match will receive a free pink t-shirt to help raise awareness for breast cancer research as part of Cats for the Cure.