Kansas Earns National Ranking; Debuts Best RPI
Oct. 1, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - A flawless 3-0 record this season against teams either ranked or receiving votes, including an upset of No. 19 Iowa State last week, paved way to the Kansas volleyball team receiving a No. 24 ranking on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Poll, Monday afternoon.
Also on Monday, the NCAA released the first RPI projections of the season, where Kansas (14-2, 2-0) debuted at No. 9 - the highest RPI mark in program history.
Although excited by the news, head coach Ray Bechard and his team only sees it as a step in the process, not the goal.
"It is exciting," Bechard said. "I'm amazed at how many people have asked me (since Wednesday), `do you think we'll be ranked?' To me, it doesn't change our process, our preparation or how we'll go about handling our business. From a fan perspective, I can see where there's some fun in that. From a program perspective, it's great. You just can't afford to lose sight of the process. Our focus has to stay on one match at a time and what's our next mission, otherwise we stub our toe and we can't afford to do that."
For the first time in 2012, the Big 12 has four teams in the top-25 (No. 9 Texas, No. 14 Kansas State, No. 22 Iowa State), while Oklahoma is one step away from the rankings after receiving 100 votes in Monday's poll.
In 2012, Kansas is 4-2 against top-50 RPI teams and 7-2 against the top-100 with the Jayhawks' only losses coming at Arkansas (No. 16) and Notre Dame (No. 50).
Four Big 12 teams appear in the top-15 of Monday's RPI projections and all but one league school (No. 179 West Virginia) are in the top-75.
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