Cal Volleyball Receives No. 5 Preseason Ranking

Aug. 19, 2008

BERKELEY - The California volleyball team will open the 2008 season with the No. 5 ranking in the first CBS College Sports Network/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll of the year. The ranking marks the eighth time in school history that the Golden Bears have been ranked to open a season, the sixth since Rich Feller became head coach in 1999. Cal was ranked No. 12 to open the 2007 season and finished at No. 4, the highest finish in program history.

Cal's other preseason rankings include holding the No. 17 spot in 2006, No. 19 in 2005, No. 10 in 2004, No. 24 in 2003, No. 9 in 1989 and No. 12 in 1983. In total, the Bears have been ranked 115 times in the weekly AVCA poll of Division I collegiate volleyball coaches.

This season, the Bears will face seven teams also ranked in the preseason top 25 including two meetings each against No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 USC, No. 6 UCLA, No. 9 Washington and No. 11 Oregon. Cal will also meet No. 10 Cal Poly and No. 16 Minnesota in the Diet Coke Classic Volleyball Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn. Sept. 12-14. Among other teams receiving votes on two or more ballots, the Bears will meet St. John's in the Cal Molten Classic, Aug. 29-31 and Arizona on two separate occasions.

The poll features six Pac-10 schools and four schools that completed 2007 unranked including Minnesota, No. 17 Colorado State, No. 21 LSU and No. 25 Purdue. Please visit for the complete Aug. 19 preseason poll.

The Bears host their annual Blue and Gold intrasquad scrimmage at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. Admission is free and doors open at 6 p.m. as the Golden Bears simulate a full-match experience. Fans are invited to attend the warm-up session preceding the scrimmage.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the 2008 Cal volleyball season, please visit

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