The Illini rose three spots, to No. 20, in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll. The weekly rankings were announced Monday afternoon.
Illinois (6-4) went 3-0 last week to win the Texas Invitational, a performance highlighted by a five-set victory against then-No. 6 Texas on the Longhorns' home court.
There was a change at the top of the poll, with UCLA (8-1) climbing one spot to replace Nebraska (8-1) at No. 1. The Cornhuskers, who fell to No. 3, absorbed their first loss of the season at then-No. 25 Iowa State.
For the second straight week, the Big Ten had seven representatives in the Top 25, although the identity of one of them changed. Michigan (12-2) was dropped from the rankings and replaced by Michigan State (12-0), which entered at No. 25.
Other Big Ten teams in the Top 25 were No. 4 Penn State; No. 12 Minnesota, which will visit Illinois on Friday for a Big Ten opener; No. 17 Purdue and No. 23 Ohio State.
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