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Surprise! Women’s Volleyball Still Number 1

In an announcement sure to surprise no one, Penn State’s women’s volleyball team has been ranked preseason #1 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. The Nittany Lions are looking to win their 4th consecutive national championship and continuing to extend their record-setting 102 match winning streak. The team will have to do so without first team All-Americans Megan Hodge and Alisha Glass, who served as anchors for the 2009 season. In their place comes a highly regarded freshman class looking to supplement the strong core of returnees, including 6 with starting experience.

Following the Nittany Lions in the top five are Nebraska, Texas, Stanford and Hawaii. Big Ten foes Illinois and Minnesota are tied for 6th. Below are the complete rankings.

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2009 Record 2009 Final Rank
1 Penn State (40) 1456 38-0 1
2 Nebraska (16) 1384 26-7 5
3 Texas (4) 1352 29-2 2
4 Stanford 1296 23-8 7
5 Hawai’i 1166 32-3 3
T-6 Illinois 1149 31-3 10
T-6 Minnesota 1149 28-9 4
8 Washington 1061 24-6 13
9 Iowa State 1005 27-5 6
10 Southern California 947 22-10 16
11 California 848 21-11 8
12 Michigan 793 27-10 9
13 Florida 722 25-6 15
14 Kentucky 678 29-5 12
15 Florida State 671 31-3 11
16 UCLA 462 24-9 14
17 Colorado State 436 25-6 17
18 Arizona 325 19-11 NR
19 Tennessee 310 27-8 24
20 Oregon 282 20-10 18
21 Dayton 266 30-4 25
22 San Diego 225 18-7 NR
23 LSU 203 25-7 19
24 Northern Iowa 195 31-3 23
25 St. Mary’s (Calif.) 156 23-5 22

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Chase Tralka

Chase Tralka is a Senior majoring in Information Sciences and Technology with a minor in Security and Risk Analysis. He is from Northern New Jersey and is involved in far too many organizations to list here. He enjoys photography, cycling, and listening to obscure free jazz music.

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