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Volleyball opens 2014 season ranked sixth in preseason poll


Aug. 11, 2014

MADISON, Wis. – Fresh off its 2013 Cinderella season, the Wisconsin volleyball team is ranked No. 6 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) preseason poll released Monday. The NCAA runners up receive eight first-place votes and 1,264 points.

It is the second highest preseason rank in program history and the highest since 2001 when the Badgers were ranked fourth, coming off a runner-up finish at the 2000 NCAA Championship.

Reigning NCAA champion Penn State (34-2 in 2013) leads the national poll with 1,417 points and 32 first-place votes. Texas (27-3), who the Badgers beat in last season’s NCAA national semifinals, is ranked second with 1,389 points and 11 first-place votes. Stanford (27-6), Washington (30-3) and Southern California (29-6) round out the top-five teams, respectively.

Wisconsin will face nine top-25 teams, including a much anticipated rematch against the Nittany Lions. The Badgers also face Southern California and Washington in the Pac-12/Big Ten Showcase in Seattle and travel to No. 18 Colorado State (28-2).

Seven Big Ten Conference teams are ranked in the top 25 behind PSU and Wisconsin. Nebraska (26-7) comes in at seventh while Purdue (23-12) is ranked eighth. No. 11 Illinois (18-15), No. 12 Minnesota (28-7) and No. 16 Michigan State (23-12) are all ranked in the top 20. Michigan (18-14) receives votes in the poll.

Wisconsin hosts its annual Cardinal vs. White scrimmage on Aug. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the UW Field House. The event is preceded by the Fan Fest, beginning at 2 p.m. Both events are free.

The season officially kicks off on Aug. 29-30 when UW faces Louisville and Notre Dame at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Minneapolis.

AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll
Preseason - Aug. 11, 2014
 Rank  School (1st place)  Points  2013 Record  2013 Rank
 1.  Penn State (32)  1417  34-2  1
 2.  Texas (11)  1389  27-3  3
 3.  Stanford (7)  1356  27-6  5
 4.  Washington  1280  30-3  4
 5.  Southern Cal (2)  1272  29-6  6
 6.  Wisconsin (8)  1264  28-10  2
 7.  Nebraska  1149  26-7  7
 8.  Purdue  980  23-12  8
 9.  BYU  924  24-7  13
 10.  Florida  897  28-4  15
 11.  Illinois  813  18-15  16
 12.  Minnesota  802  28-7  10
 13.  Florida State  695  26-8  11
 14.  San Diego  628  26-4  9
 15.  Missouri  547  35-1  12
 16.  Michigan State  494  23-12  14
 17.  Hawai'i  481  25-5  18
 18.  Colorado State  472  28-2  21
 19.  Kentucky  452  22-9  20
 20.  North Carolina  378  27-5  25
 21.  Duke  361  28-5  22
 22.  Kansas  232  26-8  17
 23.  Creighton  184  23-9  NR
 24.  American  134  32-3  19
 25.  Arizona State  129  19-14  NR
Others Receiving Votes and appearing on two or more ballots:  Oregon 115; Oklahoma 114; California 111; Marquette 102; Arizona 60; Iowa State 59; LSU 52; Colorado 32; UC Santa Barbara 26; Michigan 23; UCLA 23; Cal State Northridge 19; Long Beach State 11; New Mexico 9; UT San Antonio 3

 

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