Baylor VB sets new program record with No. 2 ranking

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WACO, Texas (Baylor Athletics) Baylor volleyball is ranked a program-best No. 2 in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll after a 9-0 start to the season for the first time since 2009, released Monday afternoon.

The No. 2 ranking shatters the previous all-time program record set two weeks ago at No. 5. BU’s 27 first-place votes are also a program record, just one shy of No. 1 Stanford who garnered 28 first-place votes.

Prior to last season, BU was ranked for 10 straight weeks and peaked at No. 17 in 2009, which stood as the program-high ranking for eight years in the 37-year history of the AVCA poll.

Since 2017, the Bears have entered the top-25 for the first time since 2009, become a top-15 team for the first time ever and recently become a top-five squad.

The Bears are ranked for the 42nd time in program history and have received votes in the poll for 31 straight weeks dating back to the 2017 season.

BU is 5-0 against ranked opponents so far in 2019, beating No. 18 Creighton, No. 4 Wisconsin No. 11 Marquette, No. 17 Missouri and No. 13 Hawai’i in non-conference action. Five wins over ranked teams ties a program-best record set in 1999.

Baylor is now the highest ranked Big 12 team with No. 6 Texas as the other conference team in the poll. BU has never been the highest-ranked Big 12 team in the history of the AVCA poll.

Baylor closes out its five-match homestand against Texas State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.