Volleyball ranked No. 3 in Volleyball Magazine Preseason Poll
Aug. 19, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas Volleyball team has earned a No. 3 ranking in the Volleyball Magazine Preseason Poll. The poll voting body is comprised of head coaches, members of the media and sports information directors from around the country.
Texas grabs the No. 3 spot after garnering the No. 4 position in the AVCA Preseason Poll. In 2010, Texas concluded its 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 National Champion Penn State holds the No. 1 position, while 2010 NCAA Finalist California ranks second and 2010 NCAA Semifinalist Southern California ranks fourth. Penn State earned eight of the 10 first-place votes, USC registered one and Stanford 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 Minnesota.
The Longhorns will face five teams in the Top 25 a total of eight times in 2011. Texas will meet a ranked opponent in four of its non-conference matches, taking on No. 9 Florida, No. 10 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. 17 Oklahoma and No. 18 Iowa State twice each.
The Horns kick off their 2011 calendar on Friday, Aug. 26 when they host Pepperdine at the Burnt Orange Classic. First serve is set for 8 p.m. Central on the Longhorn Network.
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Others receiving votes: San Diego, Tennessee, Pepperdine, Louisville, Dayton, LSU, Arizona, Michigan, Florida State, Tulsa, Oregon, Indiana