The Nebraska volleyball team was ranked third in the Bison/AVCA Coaches Poll released Tuesday afternoon. Nebraska received 1,345 points by the 60 coaches around the country who vote in the AVCA poll. It marks the second preseason poll where the Huskers were ranked third, as they were also tabbed for third by Volleyball Magazine earlier this month.
The Huskers, who were third in the final AVCA poll in 2008, welcome back five starters, including All-Americans Tara Mueller and Sydney Anderson, from a team that went 31-3 and reached the NCAA semifinals for the third time in the last four seasons. NU has seven players back who started at least one match in 2008 along with a recruiting class that features five Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selections.
The Huskers are no stranger to the AVCA poll, as they join Stanford as the only two teams to be ranked in every one of the AVCA’s 385 all-time polls dating back to 1982. Nebraska has now been ranked in the top 10 for 351 weeks, second only to Stanford’s 355 weeks in the top 10. The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 for 82 consecutive polls dating back to the start of the 2004 campaign.
Two-time defending NCAA champion Penn State was tabbed No. 1 overall with 1,487 points, including 52 first-place votes. Texas, which shared the Big 12 title with the Huskers in 2008, was second with 1,345 points, including six first-place markers. No. 4 Washington received the other two first-place votes and totaled 1,330 points.
The Big 12 was well represented in the preseason poll with four teams ranked, as No. 13 Iowa State joined Texas and Nebraska in the top 15. Kansas State rounded out the selections at No. 22. In addition, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Baylor all received votes by the coaches. This fall, the Huskers will face a total of six teams ranked in the preseason AVCA poll, including non-conference matchups with No. 9 UCLA, No. 11 Minnesota, and No. 16 Michigan. LSU and Tulane also received preseason recognition.
Fans will have their first opportunity to see the Huskers this Saturday night, as they host the Red/White Scrimmage at the NU Coliseum. Tickets can be purchased at Huskers.com or by calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED. Prices are set at $10 (adults) and $8 (youth and seniors), while all UNL Students will be admitted free with their valid N-Card. All tickets for the Red/White Scrimmage are general admission, and nearly 2,400 tickets have already been sold as of early Tuesday.