Volleyball Tabbed Preseason No. 1 In USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll

Aug. 12, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - The defending national champion Stanford women's volleyball team was tabbed No. 1 in the preseason USA Today/AVCA Division I Coaches poll which was released today. Stanford garnered 54 first place votes.

Four Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top 25 including No. 3 USC, No. 6 Arizona and No. 11 UCLA. Washington State and Oregon State were among those receiving votes.

The Cardinal won its unprecedented fifth NCAA National Championship in 2001, ending the season with a 33-2 overall record. Stanford posted 3-0 wins over Nebraska and Long Beach State to claim the crown.

The Cardinal open the 2002 season at the NACWAA/State Farm Classic, August 23 and 24 in Minneapolis, Minn. against No. 14 Northern Iowa.

For full details of the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll can be viewed on the AVCA web site at http://www.avca.org

USA TODAY/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25
Preseason Poll, August 12, 2002

1. Stanford (54)2. Nebraska (4)3. USC (2)4. Hawaii (5)5. Long Beach State6. Arizona7. Florida8. Pepperdine9. Ohio State10. Wisconsin11. UCLA12. Pacific13. Utah14. Northern Iowa15. Michigan State16. Penn State17. Texas A&M18. Colorado State19. Illinois20. UC Santa Barbara21. Colorado22. Kansas State23. BYU24. Santa Clara25. Notre Dame

Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: South Carolina (161), North Carolina (155), Texas (117), Louisville (105), San Diego (97), Washington State (81), San Jose State (67), Minnesota (66), Missouri (58), Arkansas (53), Utah State (47), Duke (36), Baylor (26), Cincinnati (12), Georgia Tech (10), Loyola Marymount (10), Michigan (10), Texas Tech (9), Cal Poly (7), Eastern Washington (7), Oregon State (7), South Florida (4), Alabama (3), Southwest Missouri State (3).

Seven teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 21 combined points

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