Women’s Volleyball Voted Preseason No. 1
It looks like Penn State women’s volleyball is set to continue its dynasty this year, especially if you ask the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association. The association released its preseason Top 25 today, and in a surprise to no one, the defending National Champion Nittany Lions sit at No. 1.
Penn State received 54 out of 62 possible first-place votes, while No. 2 Stanford tallied six. Five other Big Ten schools rank among the Top 25 — Wisconsin and Nebraska tie at No. 5, Illinois is No. 8, Ohio State sits at No. 14, and Michigan State is No. 19.
Penn State has won six of the last eight National Championships, including the most recent two. We sat down with head coach Russ Rose last spring to talk about his dynasty, and he said that he believes preseason rankings are “just media, just people trying to write something,” but to fans in Happy Volley, at least this serves as some excitement as volleyball season is right around the corner.
With the release of the preseason Top 25, some notable matches include six matches with ranked Big Ten teams and a two-day series on Sept. 4 and 5 against No. 25 Colorado and No. 2 Stanford, the latter of which will be on the Big Ten Network. The first serve of the season is on August 28 at 7:00 p.m. against Buffalo.