Cal Volleyball Ranked 10th in USA Today/CSTV Preseason Top 25 Poll

Aug. 9, 2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The University of California women's volleyball team, which last season finished 25-7 and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in school history, is ranked 10th in the 2004 USA Today/CSTV Division I Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll.The Bears, coached by 2003 AVCA Pacific Region and Pac-10 Coach of the Year Rich Feller (sixth year at Cal, 81-67; 20th year overall, 380-234), return all six starters from the 2003 squad and are one of only five schools to garner a first-place vote.'It is nice to see the coaches having respect for our program and what we accomplished last year,' said Feller. 'But, as most coaches will tell you, it is a brand new year.'Cal's No. 10 ranking is only the fourth time in school history the Bears have been preseason ranked in women's volleyball. Cal was ranked No. 24 at the start of last season, No. 12 in 1983 and No. 9 in 1989. The Bears finished with a No. 12 national ranking at the end of last year after falling to Georgia Tech, 3-1, in the NCAA Regional in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Bears have been ranked a total of 51 times, including in all 17 weekly polls last season, reaching as high as a No. 5 ranking on Oct. 13, 2003. The highest Cal has ever been ranked at the end of a season was 10th in 1982.The Bears open their season Sept. 1 versus UC Davis at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal then travels to the Houston (Texas) Tournament Sept. 3-5 before hosting the Golden Bear Invitational (Cal, Texas A&M, UC Santa Barbara), Sept. 9-11 at Haas Pavilion.

AVCA USA Today/CSTV Preseason Coaches Poll1	USC (56)2	Nebraska (5)3	UCLA4	Florida5	Minnesota (1)6	Stanford (2)7	Washington8	Penn State9	Pepperdine10	California (1)11	Colorado State12	Georgia Tech13	Hawai'i14	Kansas State15	Texas A&M16	UC Santa Barbara17	Arizona18	Loyola Marymount19	Illinois20	Louisville21	Northern Iowa22	Santa Clara23	Wisconsin24	Utah25	Notre Dame
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