Volleyball Ranked Eighth in Volleyball Magazine Preseason Poll

July 9, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz.- Coming off the best finish in school history and sporting the top-ranked incoming freshman class in the nation, the Arizona volleyball team is ranked eighth in Volleyball Magazine's 2002 preseason poll. The Wildcats, who finished 25-5 and advanced to their first-ever Final Four last season, return four senior starters from 2001, nine letterwinners and welcome six newcomers for the fall season.

Arizona, which begins its season on August 30 in Louisville, Ky., will face a challenging schedule in 2002, including matches against three of the top four teams in the early poll and seven teams ranked in the top 15.

2002 Volleyball Magazine Preseason PollRank		School	        	2001 Final Record1		Stanford 		33-22		Hawaii	        	29-53		USC 			25-44		Nebraska 		31-25		Florida	        	28-26		Pepperdine 		23-47		Long Beach State	33-18		Arizona		        25-59		Pacific 		28-810		Ohio State		27-411		Utah 			23-812		Wisconsin		27-413		UCLA			21-914		Northern Iowa    	31-215		UC Santa Barbara	17-1416		Michigan State   	21-817		Penn State		22-818		Illinois		21-919		Notre Dame		22-720		Colorado		19-11

Others: BYU, Santa Clara, Baylor, South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado State, San Jose State, Washington State, Minnesota, California, Cal Poly, Kansas State

Italics denote 2002 Arizona Opponents

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