Despite a 10-game winning streak, the Penn State men’s volleyball team has fallen to No. 6 in the rankings after sitting at No. 5 for the past four weeks.
After a weekend that saw top-ranked Stanford and No. 3 BYU lose, it appeared likely that the Nittany Lions would move up in the rankings. However, playing weaker EIVA competition appears to have hurt them.
USC, which was ranked sixth last week, jumped to No. 4 after impressive road wins at then No.11 Pacifc and Stanford. Stanford dropped to the second spot while BYU fell to No. 5 after splitting a weekend series with No. 12 UC Santa Barbra. UCLA moves into the top spot, while UC Irvine moves up to No. 3 after being ranked fourth last week.
With three top-15 opponents coming up in the next two weeks, the Lions have some big opportunities to prove the doubters wrong and move back into the top five.
You can check the full rankings here.
The Lions next match is this Saturday at 7 p.m. against No. 9 Ohio State in Rec Hall.