Aug. 12, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State indoor volleyball team has been selected 18th in the annual American Volleyball Coaches Association Preseason Poll, announced on Monday by the Kentucky-based organization.
The preseason Top 25 ranking is the fourth time in school history Florida State has been nationally-ranked before the season has gotten underway. In 1998, the Seminoles were chosen 24th in the opening poll, then were picked 15th in the preseason in 2010. Last year, the Seminoles were ranked 12th in the preseason.
“We’ve spent the last four years having a lot of success,” head coach Chris Poole said. “The preseason poll is all about teams who have earned the right to be there in the past. We feel we have some good players returning and we’re excited about the possibilities of this season. I think sitting just outside the Top 16 is a good place for us to start.”
The back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference champions were the only team in the league to earn a Top 25 spot. Rival North Carolina sits just outside the preseason poll with 68 votes, while 2012 league runner-up Miami shows 41 votes. Fellow ACC team Notre Dame added to the conference’s total with six additional votes.
Florida State continues its school-record streak of being in the AVCA Top 25 poll. Including their current No. 18 ranking, the Seminoles have now been ranked for 27 consecutive weeks. The last time Florida State was outside the Top 25 poll was on Sept. 12, 2011.
The previous long stretch of AVCA Top 25 appearances for the Seminoles came at 24 straight weeks from Sept. 7, 2009 to Oct. 25, 2010.
Florida State also picks up where it left off last season, finishing 18th as it went 28-4 overall and 18-2 in the ACC. This year’s poll proves how daunting the Seminoles’ non-conference schedule is, with eight of their 11 opponents ranked in the Top 25 or receiving votes.
The non-conference opponents in the poll include No. 7 Michigan, No. 9 Florida, No. 17 Kentucky, No. 21 Western Kentucky, No. 23 Ohio State, Illinois (49 votes), Long Beach State (30 votes) and Texas A&M (20 votes).
The Seminoles begin their season at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational on Friday, Aug. 30. Florida State will open the year facing Illinois at 2 p.m. ET in Long Beach, Calif., followed by an 8 p.m. ET tilt against Kentucky. The weekend concludes with a 10 p.m. ET matchup against Long Beach State on Saturday, Aug. 31.
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