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Arizona Volleyball Ranked Sixth in Preseason USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/13/2001
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Aug. 13, 2001

Tucson, Ariz.- The defending Pac-10 co-champion Arizona women's volleyball team will head into the 2001 with high expectations. The Wildcats have been voted sixth in the preseason edition of the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll. It is the highest preseason ranking for the Wildcats in school history, bettering the rank of 10th just a season ago.

Arizona, which finished the 2000 season ranked fifth in the country, returns four starters from its 28-5, Elite Eight team, including All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year Dana Burkholder and All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selections Lisa Rutledge and Jill Talbot.

The Cats are slated to face six teams ranked in the preseason top 25 and four additional teams that received votes this season. The defending national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers are the top ranked team in the preseason followed by Pac-10 conference foe USC. Penn State, Wisconsin and Hawai'i round out the top five, respectively. Seventh-ranked UCLA and 10th-ranked Stanford puts four Pac-10 schools in the top 10 of the preseason poll, the most of any conference in the nation. Only the Big Ten with Minnesota (no.15) and Ohio State (no. 16) joining Wisconsin and Penn State have as many teams in the preseason top 25.

The Arizona volleyball team will begin its season with a trip to Gainesville, Fla., to participate in ninth-ranked Florida's SunTrust Invitational Aug. 31-Sept. 1. The Cats will face South Florida, who received 17 votes in the preseason poll, and Marshall on Aug. 31, and the ninth-ranked Gators on Sept. 1.


2001 USA Today/AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank   School (First-Place Votes)	Points  	2000 Record 	Final Poll
1     	Nebraska (63) 			1623    	34-0    		1
2      	USC (2) 			1472    	29-3    		4
3      	Penn State	   		1374    	30-6    		6
4      	Wisconsin 			1320    	33-5    		2
5      	Hawai'i				1261    	31-2    		3
6      	Arizona	 		        1178    	28-5  		        5
7      	UCLA 				1098    	25-8    		7
8      	Long Beach State         	1091    	24-8    		14
9     	Florida 			1084    	29-5    		12
10    	Stanford 			1017    	19-12   		19
11    	BYU 				989     	26-7    		13
12    	Pacific 			950     	28-4    		8
13     	UC Santa Barbara         	882     	26-8    		9
14     	Colorado State  		866    	        32-5    		10
15    	Minnesota	    		724     	30-4    		11
16    	Ohio State	   		638     	26-7    		15
17    	Pepperdine      		606     	24-7    		18
18    	Texas A&M			481     	20-9    		23
19    	Kansas State 			354     	22-9    		16
20    	Notre Dame      		278     	26-7    		21
21    	Utah 	 			254     	23-8    		20
22    	Santa Clara     		232     	27-5    		17
23    	South Carolina  		172     	22-7    		NR
24    	Loyola Marymount        	155     	20-9    		25
25    	Georgia Tech    		123     	25-8    		NR

Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Louisville (112), Missouri (109), Colorado (108), Washington State (102), Michigan State (88), North Carolina (62), Northern Iowa (58), Utah State (33), Michigan (26), Texas Tech (20), University of San Diego (18), South Florida (17), Tennessee (16), Arizona State (15), Baylor (14), Duke (13), Arkansas (12), Florida State (11), Western Michigan (9), Fairfield (8), Cal Poly (8), Northern Arizona (5), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (4), San Jose State (3)

Italics Denote a 2001 Arizona Opponent


Arizona's Preseason Rankings (Since 1982)
Year		Ranking
1982		NR
1983		NR
1984		NR
1985		NR
1986		13th
1987		NR
1988		NR
1989		11th
1990		14th
1991		NR
1992		NR
1993		NR
1994		16th
1995		NR
1996		NR
1997		20th
1998		NR
1999		15th
2000		10th
2001		6th
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