Huskers Finish Fifth in Final AVCA Coaches Poll
Lincoln - The Nebraska volleyball team finished the 2009 season ranked fifth in the final AVCA Coaches poll released Tuesday afternoon. The Huskers finished the year with a 26-7 record after falling in the regional final to NCAA runner-up Texas in the Omaha Regional final on Dec. 12.
It marks the sixth straight year that the Huskers finished in the top five of the AVCA poll, as Nebraska has finished in the top five a total of 16 times dating back to 1988. It also marks the ninth time this decade that Nebraska has finished the season in the top five of the final AVCA poll.
With Tuesday’s ranking, Nebraska is one of only two programs in the country to be ranked in every AVCA poll since its inception in 1982. The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 for the last 97 polls dating back to 2004. In addition, NU has been ranked in the top 10 for 366 of the 400 polls, trailing Stanford, which has been ranked in 367 polls.
Nebraska closed the season by winning 10 of its final 11 final matches, including four sweeps over teams that reached the NCAA Sweet 16. Nebraska advanced to a regional for the 16th straight year, the longest streak in the nation, and has played in an NCAA-best six straight regional finals.
The Huskers finished the decade with a 307-26 record and the only program in the nation to win 90 percent of its matches since 2000. NU collected nine top-five finishes in the AVCA poll this decade, and made five NCAA semifinal final appearances, winning NCAA titles in 2000 and 2006.
Nebraska will return six starters, including AVCA All-Americans Sydney Anderson, Brooke Delano and Tara Mueller for the 2010 season.