Illini volleyball's rankings streak ends

Illini volleyball's rankings streak ends

The Illini volleyball team's streak of consecutive weeks in the national rankings ended Monday at 70 .

Illinois fell out of the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll after splitting two matches last week, both at home. The then-No. 25 Illini (10-10) defeated Northwestern in five sets and were swept by No. 4 Nebraska in three.

Illinois last was unranked in the 2008 preseason poll. The Illini then entered the Top 25 in the first regular-season poll that year at No. 19 and remained nationally ranked until this week.

During that stretch, Illinois was No. 1 for four consecutive weeks last season en route to a final ranking of No. 2  -- the program's highest ever to end a season.

The Illini continued to receive support in the current AVCA poll, however. Among teams outside the Top 25, Illinois had the fourth-most points in voting by a  panel of 60 coaches.

Led by No. 1 Penn State, the Big Ten is represented by five teams in this week's Top 25. Joining the Nittany Lions are No. 4 Nebraska, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 20 Ohio State and No. 21 Purdue.

Click here for view the complete AVCA poll.