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Friday, September 30, 2011
Rankings snapshot: Tracking the best girls teams in the country

By Susie Arth

Congratulations to the Pennington School (Pennington, N.J.) girls soccer team. The Red Raiders became the first team to hold the No. 1 spot for back-to-back weeks in the girls soccer POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings during the 2011 regular season. Cheers, too, to Indiana. With four undefeated teams in the FAB 50, it is quickly becoming one of the top fall-playing states in the nation.

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In volleyball, Papillion-La Vista South (Papillion, Neb.) has had a firm grip on the No. 1 spot in the FAB 50 rankings since last season. But the Titans are in for a tough game on Wednesday when they travel to Kansas to take on No. 4 St. James (Lenexa, Kansas). And while the top 10 remained mainly unchanged this week, expect big movement next week after nine FAB 50 teams, including two in the top five, sort things out this weekend at the Asics Challenge in Chicago.

Likewise in girls cross country, there was only minor movement behind powerhouse No. 1. Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.). No. 11 Glacier Peak (Snohomish, Wash.) and No. 18 Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) took big leaps and find themselves among the nation's elite.