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Jan 6 - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team, which concluded the program's most successful season is school history this year, earned a No

The Pepperdine women's volleyball team, which concluded the program's most successful season is school history this year, earned a No. 6 national ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) final poll released on Monday.

The No. 6 ranking signifies the Waves' highest ever final ranking. Last season, Pepperdine's previous highest final ranking was No. 8 by the AVCA in 2001.

The Waves posted a 26-7 overall record, captured the West Coast Conference (WCC) with a perfect 14-0 mark and advanced to the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

After registering an early-season 9-5 record against one of the country's most difficult non-conference schedules, Pepperdine won 17 of its final 19 contests while winning a school-record 17 consecutive matches.

Following a three-game loss to No. 1 USC on October 8, the Waves won 17 straight until falling to the Women of Troy in the third round of the NCAA Championships. USC concluded the year with a 31-1 overall record and claimed the national championship with a victory over Pacific-10 Conference rival Stanford in the title match.

The following is the final AVCA poll with records in paranthesis.
1. USC (31-1)
2. Stanford (32-5)
3. Hawaii (34-2)
4. Florida (34-3)
5. Nebraska (31-2)
6. PEPPERDINE (26-7)
7. Washington State (24-8)
8. UC Santa Barbara (30-3)
9. Northern Iowa (34-3)
10. Arizona (20-12)
11. Minnesota (32-6)
12. North Carolina (32-4)
13. Ohio State (21-11)
14. Long Beach State (28-4)
15. UCLA (20-14)
16. Penn State (25-8)
17. Georgia Tech (33-6)
18. Wisconsin (24-9)
19. Santa Clara (24-7)
20. Missouri (26-8)
21. Kansas State (21-9)
22. Michigan State (21-12)
23. Miami, Fla. (27-6)
24. Eastern Washington (29-2)
25. Temple (29-7)