TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Despite the loss of three key seniors, the Florida State indoor volleyball team continues to garner high expectations in 2012 as it was ranked 12th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll, announced today.
The Seminoles were the only Atlantic Coast Conference team to be placed in the preseason Top 25, with conference opponent North Carolina receiving the second-most votes outside the Top 25 while Miami also received votes.
A total of five opponents on this year’s schedule were given preseason rankings, highlighted by 10th-ranked Iowa State. The Cyclones and Seminoles are set for a rematch of last season’s Minneapolis Regional final won by FSU, as both teams square off at the Lady Vol Comcast Classic on Aug. 25.
Pepperdine, another repeat opponent which earned a spot in last year’s Elite Eight, enters the season ranked 11th. FSU opens the year against defending Southeastern Conference champion Tennessee on Aug. 24, as the Lady Volunteers show a No. 15 ranking.
In-state rival Florida, which visits Tallahassee on Oct. 24, is 18th in the poll. Ohio State rounds out the FSU opponents with a No. 24 ranking.
Throughout the year, FSU will have plenty of opportunities to defeat nationally-ranked opponents as it faces another difficult schedule. Last season, the Seminoles knocked off five Top 25 foes, including No. 8 Purdue, No. 14 Iowa State, No. 20 Miami, No. 23 Tulsa and No. 23 Dayton.
Including preseason rankings, the Seminoles have now been placed in the AVCA Poll for a total of 52 weeks. Since head coach Chris Poole took over the program in 2008, FSU has enjoyed 38 weeks in the national rankings.
FSU returns nine letterwinners and five starters as it looks to build off its NCAA national semifinal run. Fans can catch the team in action at Tully Gym on Saturday, Aug. 18 for the annual Garnet & Gold scrimmage beginning at 4 p.m. As always, admission is free to the public.
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