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UNI Volleyball Ranked No. 21 in Preseason AVCA Poll
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Friday 08/13/2012

The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team is ranked No. 21 in the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association Preseason Top 25 poll.

UNI posted a 33-2 mark a season ago and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers have won three straight Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles. UNI was ranked No. 18 in the final 2012 AVCA poll.

The Panthers return four starters and a libero from last year's squad. UNI will get the 2012 season underway Aug. 24-25 at Mortar Board Premier Tournament hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. UNI will take on Purdue in the season opener Aug. 24. UNI will also match up against Pittsburgh (Aug. 25) and George Washington (Aug. 25) in the tourney.

UNI's home-opening match of the 2012 season is set for Sept. 11 against Northern Illinois in the McLeod Center.

Season tickets are available for $20 by calling the UNI ticket office at 319-273-4849.

 

Rank

School (First-Place Votes)

Total Points

2011 Record 

2011 Final

Poll 

1

UCLA (54)

1485

30-6 

2

Texas (1)  

1341 

25-5 

3

Penn State 

1302

25-8 

4

Nebraska (1) 

1281

25-5

12 

5

Southern California (1) 

1233 

29-5 

Stanford (3) 

1197 

22-8 

14 

Illinois 

1163 

30-5 

8

Hawai'i 

989 

31-2 

9

Purdue

935 

29-5 

10 

10

Iowa State 

886 

25-6 

11

Pepperdine 

801 

25-7 

12

Florida State 

770 

28-7

13

Kentucky 

724 

28-6

13 

14

Washington 

677 

24-8

17 

15

Tennessee 

652 

28-4

19 

16

Minnesota 

616 

20-12

15

 17 

California 

583

26-7

16

18

Florida 

543 

27-6 

 11

19

San Diego 

476 

28-5 

 T-20

20 

Oregon 

366

21-10

 24

21 

Northern Iowa 

286 

33-2 

 18

22

Kansas State

246 

22-11

 22

23

Michigan 

210 

22-13

  T-20 

24 

Ohio State 

163 

20-15 

 23

25 

Colorado State 

136 

24-6

 25


Others Receiving Votes and appearing on two or more ballots:  Long Beach State 66; North Carolina 57; Dayton 42; St. Mary's (Ca.) 33; Michigan State 30; Louisville 28; Tulsa 25; LSU 24; Western Kentucky 24; Arizona 17; Texas A&M 15; Miami (FL) 13; BYU 12; Missouri 9; Cincinnati 6; Oklahoma 4; Wichita State 3 


Eight schools were listed on only one ballot for a total of 31 points.

 


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