K-State Volleyball No. 22 in Preseason Poll

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its Coaches Preseason Top 25 Poll on Tuesday and the Kansas State Wildcats found themselves at No. 22. K-State finished the 2008 season with a 24-8 record and No. 20 in the nation after its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance.

The Big 12 Conference was again strongly represented with a total of four teams in the Top 25. Texas leads the way at No. 2 and received six of the 60 first-place votes. Nebraska followed right behind the Longhorns at No. 3 in the poll. Iowa State came in at No. 13 coming off a run to the NCAA Regional Finals last season.

K-State rounds out the Big 12 teams in the poll, but Texas A&M, Baylor and Oklahoma all are listed among teams receiving votes. A&M is the third leading vote getter in the poll.

Back-to-back champion Penn State sits atop the poll with 52 first place votes representing the Big Ten Conference. The Big Ten has five teams in the Top 25, while the Pac10 Conference claims spots to lead the conferences.

Four of K-State's nonconference opponents are also among the nation's top teams. Minnesota is just outside the Top 10 coming in at No. 11 after a 27-7 record last season, and Michigan ranks No. 16. The Wildcats will open their season against the pair of Big Ten schools at the Runza/AVCA Showcase in Omaha, Neb., August 28-29.

Two of the Wildcats' ranked opponents will play in Manhattan to take on K-State in Ahearn Field House for the Varney's Kansas State Invitational. No. 19 Purdue comes to Manhattan after K-State played in the Boilermakers' home tournament a year ago, and No. 21 Kentucky will tangle with K-State for the first time in each program's history. One nonconference opponent, Cal Poly, is receiving votes in the poll.

Tickets in K-State's allotment to the AVCA Showcase are still available. To purchase tickets to the Runza/AVCA Showcase please contact the K-State Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS. Season tickets are also on sale for all the exciting action set to take place in Ahearn Field House this year. Details on new reserved seating options for season ticket holders will be announced Wednesday.

AVCA Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll

Rank      School (First-Place Votes)  Total Points         2008 Record        2008 Final Rank
1              Penn State (52)                       1487                        38-0                         1
2              Texas (6)                             1405                       29-4                        4
3              Nebraska                             1345                        31-1                       3

4              Washington (2)                       1330                        27-5                         5
5              Stanford                                 1283                        31-4                         2
6              California                               1215                        26-7                         6
7              Hawai'i                                   1036                        31-4                         7
8              Florida                                   1020                        27-4                        10
9              UCLA                                     961                          22-11                       8
10           Illinois                                     919                         26-8                        11
11           Minnesota                             904                         27-7                      14

12           Southern California                  852                          17-12                      13
13           Iowa State                            786                         22-13                    12

14           Oregon                                   727                          25-9                         9
15           San Diego                               554                          23-5                       19
16           Michigan                               530                         26-9                      17

17           Utah                                       505                          26-6                       17
18           Wichita State                           402                          30-2                       18
19           Purdue                                 386                          26-9                      15

20           Saint Louis                              354                          29-5                        21
21           Kentucky                              288                         26-6                       22
22           Kansas State                        213                         24-8                       20

23           Long Beach State                    190                          26-6                        23
24           Colorado State                       170                          23-7                         24
25           Santa Clara                            102                          18-10                      25

Oterhs Receiving Votes: Pepperdine 75, Duke 53, Texas A&M 45, Wisconsin 43, Western Michigan 37, New Mexico State 28, Wright State 24, St. Mary's (Calif.) 23, UC Irvine 22, Tulane 21, Ohio 20, LSU 19, Arizona 18, Cal Poly 18, Tennessee 16, Louisville 15, Michigan State 9, San Francisco 8, Baylor 5, Missouri State 5, Oklahoma 5, Middle Tennessee 4, Rice 3.

Six schools were listed on only one ballot for a total of 20 points.

K-State and opponents listed in bold

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