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Wildcats Tabbed 17th in Preseason Poll
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/08/2005
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TUCSON, Ariz. - For the second year in a row, the Arizona volleyball team has been picked No. 17 overall in the CSTV (College Sports Television)/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) preseason coaches poll, which was released today.

The Wildcats, which return five starters from last year’s squad, will face seven teams ranked in the preseason Top 25, including defending national champion and No. 3-ranked Stanford. Also on the schedule for Arizona is No. 2 Washington, No. 7 Southern California, No. 13 UCLA, No. 15 UC Santa Barbara, No. 19 California and No. 20 Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech is the first ranked team the Wildcats will face, as they host the Yellow Jackets over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-3) in the Four Points University Plaza Wildcat Classic.

Arizona was one of six teams from the Pacific-10 Conference in the poll. The Pac-10 is the only conference nationwide with five or more teams ranked in the Top 25. The complete poll is listed below.

CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Coaches Preseason Poll

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2004 Record 2004 Final Ranking
1 Nebraska (35) 1,463 30-2 5
2 Washington (15) 1,424 28-3 3
3 Stanford (8) 1,333 30-6 1
4 Hawai'i (1) 1,311 30-1 8
5 Penn State (1) 1,243 29-3 7
6 Minnesota 1,126 33-5 2
7 Southern California 1,075 23-6 4
8 Florida 997 28-5 15
9 Tennessee 985 32-3 10
10 Wisconsin 853 22-10 14
11 Texas 835 26-5 11
12 Ohio State 728 30-4 6
13 UCLA 696 20-11 9
14 Louisville 650 30-3 16
15 UC Santa Barbara 573 24-4 21
16 Texas A&M 518 19-9 20
17 Arizona 513 19-11 22
18 San Diego 481 24-5 12
19 California 479 17-12 18
20 Georgia Tech 304 27-7 17
21 Missouri 290 20-9 24
22 Colorado State 241 26-4 19
23 Saint Mary's (Calif.) 217 25-4 13
24 Long Beach State 201 24-7 NR
25 Pepperdine 177 10-15 NR

Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Kansas State 123, Notre Dame 118, 
Santa Clara 85, Utah 77, Purdue 57, Ohio 51, Illinois 44, Wichita State 41, Kansas 40, Nevada 35, Brigham Young 33, Florida A&M 23, Colorado 22, Duke 14, Loyola Marymount 9,
Rice 9, Pacific 5.
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