Aug. 7, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State was picked to finish fifth in the 2003 Pre-Season ACC Volleyball Poll released Thursday, August 7th. This marks the second straight year the Seminoles were picked to finish fifth in the conference. In 2002, FSU finished as the ACC runner-up and a 10-6 conference record. Head coach Todd Kress’ took the Seminoles to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998 in his first season. Since joining the ACC in 1991 the Seminoles have finished third or better, nine times.
“From top to bottom this is going to be one of the best years in the ACC,” said head coach Todd Kress. “Outside of Georgia Tech, there are five or six teams that I feel can win this conference.”
Georgia Tech enters the 2003 ACC volleyball season as the preseason top pick. The Yellow Jackets have been unanimously chosen by the nine conference coaches as the preseason favorite. Georgia Tech returns every starter from last year’s ACC Championship team including the 2002 ACC Tournament MVP, Lynnette Moster. In 2002, Georgia Tech posted the best season in team history with a 33-6 record and led the league in four of six statistical team categories under the tutelage of first-year head coach Bond Shymansky.
The Duke Blue Devils come in at second-place with 68 points and will look to win the ACC Title for the eighth time in team history and first since 1994. Duke returns five starters from last year’s team that finished third in the standings with an 11-5 conference and 24-10 overall record. Head coach Jolene Nagel will look to lead the Blue Devils to their fourth consecutive 20-win season and fourth-straight NCAA Championship appearance in 2003.
North Carolina is third with 65 points and finished the 2002 regular season with a 15-1 record. The Tar Heels return two starters from a team that finished 12th in the nation and advanced to the Round of 16 of the 2002 NCAA Championship. North Carolina head coach Joe Sagula enters the 2003 season as the all-time leader in ACC match victories with 111.
Clemson was voted fourth and Florida State fifth with 48 and 41 points, respectively. Rounding out spots six through nine are Wake Forest (36), Maryland (34), Virginia (22) and NC State (10).
2003 ACC Volleyball Preseason Poll
School (Points) 1. Georgia Tech (9 First Place Votes) (81) 2. Duke (68) 3. North Carolina (65) 4. Clemson (48) 5. Florida State (41) 6. Wake Forest (36) 7. Maryland (34) 8. Virginia (22) 9. NC State (10)