Volleyball Receives Votes In USA Today/AVCA Preseason Poll
Aug. 13, 2002
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Oregon State is among the teams receiving votes in the 2002 USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Assocation preseason poll.
The Beavers, who received seven points in the poll, are one of six Pacfic-10 teams included in the list. Defending national champion Stanford was picked No. 1, with the Cardinal taking 54 out of a possible 65 first-place votes. USC received two first-place votes and was picked No. 3, while Arizona (No. 6) and UCLA (No. 11) also are ranked. Washington State is not ranked but received 81 points.
OSU has not been mentioned in a preseason poll since 1998, when the team received votes in the preseason poll although it never appeared in a regular season poll that year. Last year, the Beavers received votes in the last five polls of the season, including seven points in the final poll of the year.
In addition to the five Pac-10 opponents, several of OSU's non-conference opponents received votes in the 2002 preseason poll. The Beavers will play North Carolina (155 points) and Minnesota (66 points) at the September 13-14 Minnesota Tournament, and Missouri (58 votes) will travel to OSU for the annual Volleyball Showcase, set for August 30-31. The Beavers are also scheduled to host Eastern Washington (7 votes) on October 5.
The first regular season poll will be released September 2.
2002 USA Today/AVCA Preseason Volleyball Poll
Rank School (FPV) Points1 Stanford (54) 16102 Nebraska (4) 15023 USC (2) 14454 Hawai'i (5) 13495 Long Beach State 13006 Arizona 12827 Florida 12558 Pepperdine 11889 Ohio State 106410 Wisconsin 96711 UCLA 91212 Pacific 77813 Utah 65414 Northern Iowa 64515 Michigan State 62916 Penn State 62017 Texas A&M 48218 Colorado State 41119 Illinois 38520 UC Santa Barbara 34621 Colorado 30822 Kansas State 23223 BYU 20324 Santa Clara 19525 Notre Dame 191
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