Lincoln- The Nebraska volleyball team will enter the 2013 season ranked 10th in the AVCA Coaches Poll, which was released Monday afternoon. The Huskers (962 points) were one of seven Big Ten teams to earn a spot in the top 25, joining No. 2 Penn State, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 7 Michigan, No. 14 Michigan State, No. 16 Purdue and No. 23 Ohio State.
The Huskers return AVCA honorable-mention All-Americans Morgan Broekhuis and Meghan Haggerty in 2013, as well as adding All-Americans Kelsey Robinson and Mary Pollmiller to the roster. During the 2012 season, Nebraska finished with a 26-7 record and made a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 31st time, ending its season in the NCAA Regional final.
The rest of the preseason top 10 was rounded out by No. 1 Texas, No. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Southern California, No. 5 Washington, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 7 Michigan, No. 8 Oregon and No. 9 Florida.
Nebraska and Stanford have been the two most consistent teams in the AVCA’s 447 all-time polls, as each has been ranked in every poll dating back to 1982. Nebraska’s 85 weeks at the No. 1 spot still tops the list, while Penn State sits second at 73 weeks. When it comes to being ranked in the top 10, the Huskers lead Stanford 410-397.
During the non-conference season, the Huskers are set to meet three top-25 teams, as Nebraska will take on No. 22 Dayton on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Devaney Center. The Huskers will also face No. 15 Iowa State on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Devaney Center. Nebraska will close the non-conference schedule against top-ranked and defending national champion Texas, in Austin, Texas on Sunday, Sept. 22.
Fans will have their first opportunity to see the Huskers at the Red/White Scrimmage at the newly-renovated Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available online at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8BIGRED.