Volleyball ranked No. 4 in AVCA Preseason Poll
Aug. 15, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Texas Volleyball team has earned a No. 4 ranking in the AVCA Division I Coaches Preseason Poll. Texas has now appeared in the AVCA top 25 for 111 consecutive weeks and in the preseason top-four for five consecutive seasons. The Longhorns will face five teams in the Top 25 a total of eight times in 2011.
Texas grabs the No. 4 spot after concluding its 2010 campaign ranked fourth in the poll. The Horns are coming off a 27-6 campaign that saw UT advance to the NCAA Semifinals for the third-straight season.
Four-time defending NCAA Champion Penn State holds the No. 1 position, while 2010 NCAA Semifinalist Southern California ranks second and 2010 NCAA Finalist California ranks third. Penn State earned 54 of the 60 first-place votes, USC registered five and Cal garnered one.
Rounding out the Top 10 are No. 5 Nebraska, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Washington, No. 8 Illinois, No. 9 Florida and No. 10 Hawaii.
Texas will meet a ranked opponent in four of its non-conference matches, taking on No. 9 Florida, No. 12 Minnesota (twice) and either No. 1 Penn State or No. 6 Stanford at the Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic in Palo Alto. In league play the Horns meet No. 16 Oklahoma and No. 18 Iowa State twice each.
The Horns kick off their 2011 calendar on Friday, Aug. 26 when they host Pepperdine, which finished one spot outside of the top 25, at the Burnt Orange Classic. First serve is set for 8 p.m. Central on the Longhorn Network.
Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points
Others Receiving Votes and appearing on two or more ballots: Pepperdine 125; LSU 86; Oregon 85; Missouri 68; Florida State 61; Indiana 41; St. Mary’s (Ca.) 35; Louisville 33; Arizona 29; Kentucky 24; Cincinnati 22; Miami (FL) 13; Clemson 11; Wichita State 11; Wisconsin 11; North Carolina 10; Notre Dame 9; Cal Poly 8; Michigan State 8; Northwestern 4; Western Kentucky 4
Ten schools were listed on only one ballot for a total of 31 points.