The Colorado Buffaloes' rough showing in a top-20 volleyball showdown Friday night didn't impact the team's reputation in the eyes of the national top-25 voters.

On Monday, the latest rankings released by the American Volleyball Coaches Association have CU situated at No. 18, the same as when the Buffs debuted in the 2016 polls last week. The Buffs held serve despite getting swept Friday at the University of San Diego, which climbed from No. 15 to No. 10 this week. The Buffs entered the poll last week after defeating then-No. 13 Penn State (now 20th) and then-17 Illinois (now unranked).

CU bounced back from the loss against USD by sweeping UC-Irvine on Saturday afternoon. Among Pac-12 Conference schools Washington moved from sixth to fifth while UCLA fell from seventh to 11th. Stanford (12), USC (21), and Oregon (24) gives the Pac-12 six spots in this week's top 25.

Nebraska was a unanimous choice for No. 1, followed by Texas, Minnesota, and Kansas.

The Buffs return home this week to host the Omni Hotels Invitational, beginning with a date against Chicago State on Friday night. CU hosts two matches on Saturday, squaring off against New Orleans at 11 a.m. and state rival Colorado State at 7:30 p.m. It will be just the second meeting between the Buffs and Rams since 2010.


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