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

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