Aug. 18, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State University volleyball team has been ranked 15th in the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, announced by the 29-year organization.
The accolade comes directly after FSU’s first-place prediction in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Poll, where it tied with Duke for the top spot. The Seminoles’ previous highest ranking in the preseason AVCA poll came in 1998, when they earned a No. 24 spot and won their first ACC championship.
FSU is the lone ACC team ranked in the AVCA poll, although Duke and Georgia Tech are both receiving votes.
The Seminoles have spent 28 weeks in the national poll in their history, with 14 coming in last year’s record-breaking campaign. FSU’s 15 consecutive weeks in the national poll shatter its previous mark of nine in the 1993 season.
Garnering the top preseason ranking is Penn State, followed by Nebraska, Texas, Stanford and Hawaii. The next AVCA poll will be released Sept. 6.
FSU will play an exhibition on Saturday, Aug. 21, against an alumni squad at Tully Gym at 3 p.m. The Seminoles open their season as hosts of the FSU Invitational, playing Western Athletic Conference opponent New Mexico State on Friday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m.