CSU volleyball ranked No.12 in AVCA Preseason Poll

Emmett McCarthy

The Colorado State volleyball team finds itself tabbed at No.12 in the AVCA Division I Preseason Coaches’ Poll. It is the same spot the team finished in at the end of the 2014-2015 season after going 31-3 overall and 17-1 in the Mountain West. The Rams are the only team from the Mountain West ranked in the top-25.

Penn State was voted No.1, receiving an overwhelming 54 first-place votes. Stanford came in at No. 2 and received six first-place votes. Texas, who eliminated the Rams in the Sweet-16 of the NCAA Tournament last season, received one first-place vote and came in at No.3. Florida cis right behind at No.4.

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Nebraska and Wisconsin were ranked in a tie for No.5, with the latter receiving one first-place vote as well. The Badgers handed CSU its only home loss last season, sweeping the Rams 3-0 at Moby Arena.

Coming in one spot ahead of CSU at No.11 is BYU, who the Rams defeated 3-1 on a neutral court last season in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

In-state rival Colorado, who the Rams eliminated from the postseason with a 3-2 win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, cracked the list at No.24.

The next poll will be released Monday.

AVCA Division I Coaches Preseason Poll: Aug. 12, 2015

Rank. School – Total Points Adjusted (First-place votes) – 2014 Record – 2014 Final Rank

  1. Penn State – 1538 (54) – 36-3
  2. Stanford – 1468 (6) – 33-2
  3. Texas – 1384 (1) – 27-3
  4. Florida – 1338 – 28-4

T-5. Nebraska – 1275 – 23-10

T-5. Wisconsin – 1275 (1) – 31-3

  1. North Carolina – 1158 – 29-3
  2. Illinois – 1055 – 26-8
  3. Florida State – 986 – 30-3
  4. Washington – 953 – 31-3
  5. BYU – 919 – 30-5
  6. Colorado State – 754 – 31-3
  7. Oregon – 722 – 23-10
  8. Ohio State – 700 – 23-12
  9. Kentucky – 603 –27-6
  10. Arizona State – 529 – 20-14
  11. Arizona – 498 – 24-10
  12. Hawai’i – 401 – 22-7
  13. Michigan State – 340 – 19-14
  14. UCLA – 316 – 22-12
  15. Iowa State – 273 – 19-10
  16. Southern California – 255 – 16-16
  17. Utah – 211 – 20-13
  18. Colorado – 188 – 20-14
  19. Duke – 168 – 22-8

Collegian Sports Editor Emmett McCarthy can be reached by email at sports@collegian.com and on Twitter @emccarthy22.