AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Volleyball team has been ranked No. 2 in the nation, according to the 2012 AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) preseason poll released today. It’s the highest preseason ranking that Texas has earned in the history of the poll. The Longhorns were ranked No. 4 to begin the season in the poll prior to the 1996 and 2011 seasons.
Texas received one first-place vote and was slotted behind defending national champion UCLA, which received 54 of 60 possible first-place votes.
The Longhorns return 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year and 2012 Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Bailey Webster and 2011 Big 12 Freshman of the Year Haley Eckerman, along with 2012 Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year Molly McCage, after the Longhorns finished with a No. 4 national ranking last season. UT compiled a 25-5 overall record in 2011 and won the Big 12 title with a 15-1 mark.
Texas is playing a formidable schedule this season with seven matches against Top 25 teams and 11 matches against opponents that played in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Texas Volleyball will host the Texas Two-Step for fans this Saturday (August 18) at Gregory Gym with a youth clinic from 11 a.m. to noon before a free scrimmage open to all fans from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The 2012 regular season starts on Friday (August 24) when UT hosts the 26 West Longhorns Classic with Cal Poly, San Diego and LSU.
3 Penn State
5 Southern California
10 Iowa State
12 Florida State
19 San Diego
21 Northern Iowa
22 Kansas State
24 Ohio State
25 Colorado State