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Utah Volleyball Ranked No. 22 in AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll

Aug 15, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Volleyball continued its streak of weeks in the AVCA Coaches Poll on Monday afternoon, checking in at No. 22 in the AVCA Preseason Poll ahead of the 2022 fall season. The poll marks the sixth-straight season the Utes have been ranked or have received votes in the preseason poll.

Utah has found itself among the top-25 of the nation in 45 consecutive polls, dating back to the poll on Sept. 2, 2019. The 45 weeks in a row in the AVCA Coaches Poll is tied for the longest stretch in program history, matching the record of 45 consecutive weeks ranked from Sept. 11, 2000 to Dec. 2, 2002.

The Utes are coming off their sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and finished the 2021 season with a 22-9 overall record with a 14-6 conference record. Utah finished third overall in the Pac-12 for the third year in a row, while the 14 Pac-12 wins tied a program-best since joining the conference. Madelyn Robinson highlights the returners, heading into the fall season as a Preseason All-Pac-12 selection after she earned conference and region honors in 2021.

Additional impact players for the Utes returning for another season are starting libero Vanessa Ramirez and starting middle blocker Amelia Van Der Werff. With a total of eight returners, the Utes have welcomed three standout sophomore transfers and a strong freshman class of four itching to make an immediate impact.

Utah will face nine teams ranked in the preseason poll, including four ranked squads in non-conference play. No. 23 Kansas and No. 10 BYU will visit the Huntsman Center this season, while Utah will take on No. 13 Purdue and No. 25 San Diego on the road. From the Pac-12 Conference, Utah finds itself ranked alongside No. 8 Washington, No. 12 UCLA, No. 14 Stanford, No. 19 Oregon and No. 24 USC.

Utah Volleyball is set to hit the Jon M. Huntsman Center floor for the first time at the annual Red & White Match on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. MT. Admission to the intrasquad is free. The season opener for the Utes will be the following weekend when the team hosts the Utah Classic on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27. Utah will open its home tournament against Loyola Marymount and No. 23 Kansas on Friday at 10 a.m. MT and 7 p.m. MT, respectively, and will close out action the next day against Utah Valley at 4 p.m. MT on the Pac-12 Networks. Season tickets for Utah Volleyball can be found here for the 2022 season.

2022 AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank School (First-Place) Total Points 
1. Nebraska (24) 1538
2. Texas (27) 1528
3. Wisconsin (12) 1439
4. Louisville (1) 1317
5. Minnesota 1251
6. Pittsburgh 1222
7. Ohio State 114
8. Washington 1102
9. Georgia Tech 1034
10. BYU 1009
11. Kentucky 890
12. UCLA 791
13. Purdue 783
14. Stanford 755
15. Florida 733
16. Baylor 645
17. Illinois 504
18. Creighton 477
19. Oregon 392
20. Penn State 331
21. Western Kentucky 280
22. Utah 254
23. Kansas 219
24. Southern California 187
25. San Diego 154

*Utah's 2022 opponents are italicized.