Matthew Lalanne | Mustang News

Cal Poly volleyball is nationally ranked for the first time since 2008. It currently sits at No. 24 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Top 25 Poll.

The Mustangs (16-2, 6-0 Big West) also moved up to No. 25 in the Rating Percentage Index (RPI), a ranking based on a formula which combines wins and losses with the team’s strength of schedule. Cal Poly’s only losses this season were against University of Oregon and University of Washington, who both rank in the top 15 in both the AVCA poll and RPI rankings.

After beating Hawaii, Cal Poly now sits atop the Big West in first place. The win against Hawaii was their first over the Rainbow Wahine since 2006.

The Mustangs will play next at UC Santa Barbara Saturday, Oct. 14. The Gauchos are currently fifth in the Big West. After an away match at Isla Vista, Cal Poly will play six of its next seven matches at home.

To get an automatic bid for the 64-team playoff, Cal Poly will need to finish first in conference at the end of the regular season.  If they are unable to win the conference outright, they will need to hope for an at-large bid, as Big West does not play a conference tournament.

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