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Volleyball Ranks In at No. 18 Nationally
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/17/2010
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Aug. 17, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Arizona Volleyball team today was picked No. 18 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association's Preseason Top 25 poll.

 

The Wildcats, who last week were picked to finish fourth overall in the Pac-10 Conference, return four starters from last season's NCAA Tournament team including seniors Paige Weber, Whitney Dosty and Tiffany Owens.

 

UA received 325 total votes and are one of just two teams included in the top 25 who finished 2009 unranked.  The Wildcats were 26th in the final poll last season after falling to Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament.

 

Other Pac-10 teams in the preseason top 25 include Stanford at fourth overall, Washington at No. 8, USC at No. 10, Cal at No. 11, UCLA at No. 16 and Oregon at No. 20.  Last season the Conference saw eight teams in the top 25 on multiple occasions.

 

After returning from a successful trip up to Prescott, Ariz. over the weekend, the Wildcats will resume their two-a-day practice schedule tomorrow through the end of the week.  On Saturday, UA will be hosting its annual Red-Blue scrimmage at 3 p.m. inside of McKale Center.  This is the first opportunity to meet the team's six newcomers as well as all the veterans from last season. Admission is free to the public and the match time is conveniently scheduled in conjunction with Football's "Meet the Team" Scrimmage which starts at 6 p.m.

 

 

AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll

2010 PRESEASON POLL: August 17, 2010

 

Rank School                Points  2009 Record           2009 Final Rank

1 Penn State (40)           1456     38-0                        1

2 Nebraska (16)             1384     26-7                        5

3 Texas (4)                    1352     29-2                        2

4 Stanford                     1296     23-8                        7

5 Hawai'i                       1166     32-3                        3

T-6 Illinois                     1149     31-3                        10

T-6 Minnesota               1149     28-9                        4

8 Washington                1061     24-6                        13

9 Iowa State                  1005     27-5                        6

10 Southern California    947       22-10                      16

11 California                  848       21-11                      8

12 Michigan                   793       27-10                      9

13 Florida                      722       25-6                        15

14 Kentucky                  678       29-5                        12

15 Florida State             671       31-3                        11

16 UCLA                       462       24-9                        14

17 Colorado State          436       25-6                        17

18 Arizona                     325       19-11                      NR

19 Tennessee                310       27-8                        24

20 Oregon                     282       20-10                      18

21 Dayton                     266       30-4                        25

22 San Diego                 225       18-7                        NR

23 LSU                         203       25-7                        19

24 Northern Iowa            195       31-3                        23

25 St. Mary's (Calif.)      156       23-5                        22

 

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