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      UTB Volleyball Back At Number One After Year Away

      The University of Texas at Brownsville Ocelots women's volleyball team has been rewarded for knocking off the former top-ranked team as the Ocelots are the new No. 1 in the seventh regular-season edition of the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. For the previous 11 polls, Concordia (Calif.) was the No. 1 team, but UTB swept the Eagles, 3-0, last Saturday in Brownsville at the Manuel Garza B. Gymnasium.

      "It's a great accomplishment to get back to the top of the polls." Coach Todd Lowery said. "This team has worked hard the first half of the season to achieve that and being ranked one in October is nice but we still have a lot of work to do before we journey into post-season play."

      The top billing is the first for the Ocelots since Oct. 23, 2012, which was the last of 10-consecutive No. 1 rankings. With a perfect 21-0 record this year, the member of the Red River Athletic Conference is one of two NAIA programs still undefeated. UTB, who collected 23 first-place votes and 653 points, will participate in the Boneyard Brawl hosted by Georgetown (Ky.) this weekend. Two of the four opponents are ranked in the top 10 -- No. 9 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and No. 10 Embry-Riddle (Fla.).