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