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Volleyball Finishes 10th In Final AVCA Coaches Poll
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/06/2003
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Jan. 6, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona volleyball team's strong run through the postseason NCAA tournament earned the Wildcats a ranking of 10th in the final AVCA Coaches Poll. The ranking marks the third consecutive top 10 finish for the program.

Conference foes USC, the 2002 national champions, and Stanford finished in the top two spots, respectively, and were followed by Hawaii, Florida and Nebraska in the top 5.

The Pac-10, which had a conference record eight teams invited to the NCAA tournament, saw five teams finish in the top 25 and three others just outside, but still receiving votes. Washington State ended the year ranked seventh and UCLA No. 15, while California, Washington and Arizona State all received votes.

The Wildcats, who finished the 2002 season with a 20-12 record, advanced to their third consecutive Elite Eight with tournament victories over Texas-Arlington, Texas and Minnesota. Arizona's loss to Stanford in the regional finals marked the fifth straight season that the Wildcats' season ended to either the eventual national champion or the runner up.

Arizona will return four starters for the 2003 season, including AVCA National Freshman of the Year Kim Glass and classmate Bre Ladd, a freshman All-Pac-10 selection.









Rank	School (First-Place Votes)	Total Points	2002 Record	Last Week
1	USC (65)                	1625       	31-1    	1
2	Stanford                 	1558      	32-5    	3
3	Hawai'i                 	1466      	34-2    	2
4	Florida                  	1452     	34-3    	5
5	Nebraska                  	1372      	31-2    	4
6	Pepperdine                	1264      	26-7    	8
7	Washington State          	1184      	24-8    	10
8	UC Santa Barbara          	1130     	30-3    	7
9	Northern Iowa             	1116      	34-3     	6
10	Arizona 	                1066     	20-12   	12
11	Minnesota                  	1014      	32-6    	9
12	North Carolina            	892       	32-4    	11
13	Ohio State                	811       	21-11    	13
14	Long Beach State         	645       	28-4    	14
15	UCLA                       	570      	20-14    	17
16	Penn State                	557     	25-8    	15
17	Georgia Tech              	509     	33-6    	16
18	Wisconsin                 	455     	24-9    	18
19	Santa Clara               	350     	24-7    	19
20	Missouri                  	333     	26-8    	20
21	Kansas State              	291     	21-9    	22
22	Michigan State          	288     	21-12   	23
23	Miami, Fla.              	265     	27-6    	24
24	Eastern Washington         	251     	29-2    	21
25	Temple                  	196      	29-7    	25
Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: California (104), Washington (83), South Carolina (66), Texas (43), San Diego (42), South Florida (38), Utah (24), Arkansas (21), Pacific (14), Texas A&M (10), Arizona State (7), Louisville (6).
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