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Volleyball Team Climbs Up Two to No. 21 in AVCA Coaches Poll

Oct. 8, 2002

With an 18-3 record and a 3-1 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play, the Georgia Tech volleyball team is ranked No. 21 in the most recent USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll.

“We are pleased that we continue to climb the poll but we still have a lot of work to do,” said head coach Bond Shymansky, who in his first year as head coach has defeated three nationally ranked teams. “One of the things that we told our team at the beginning of the season was if we take care of what we need to do on our side of the court everyday in practice, then good things will happen and this is one of those things.”

The Jackets, who have dropped only one match to No. 11 North Carolina over the past three weeks, have obtained their highest ranking since appearing as No. 25 in the 2001 preseason poll. Tech’s highest ranking was in 1996 when the Jackets were ranked No. 16.

Georgia Tech, which stands in second in the ACC standings, travels to take on Clemson Friday in Jervey Gym at 7 p.m.

USA TODAY/AVCA DIVISION I COACHES TOP 25Poll #6, October 7, 2002Rank    School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2002 Record     Last Week1       USC (59)        1619    12-0    12       Hawai'i (6)     1547    12-0    23       Florida         1469    14-1    34       Stanford        1430    13-2    45       Nebraska        1400    13-1    56       Minnesota       1265    17-2    67       UC Santa Barbara        1257    15-0    78       Long Beach State        1161    13-1    89       Penn State      1112    14-1    910      Northern Iowa   989     15-2    1011      North Carolina  972     15-1    1112      Pepperdine      829     9-5     1213      UCLA    756     10-6    1314      Santa Clara     725     13-2    1515      Wisconsin       661     11-4    1416      Washington State        651     13-2    1917      Eastern Washington      615     17-0    1818      Michigan State  459     11-3    2219      Utah    386     13-4    2020      Arizona 336     7-6     1721      Georgia Tech    259     18-3    2322      Arizona State   212     7-3     2423      Missouri        192     14-2    2124      Ohio State      187     6-7     1625      Texas A&M   158     11-4    25

Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: South Carolina (136), Pacific (61) San Diego (60), Texas (52), California (46), Illinois (24), Louisville (21), Fresno State (18), Notre Dame (17), Kansas (8), Michigan (2).

Nine teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 33 combined points

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